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Old 03-07-05, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My ball python has mites need help!!!!

My ball python has mites around his eyes do you guys/girls know how to get rid of them?
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Old 03-07-05, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do a search for mites (on this site). The topic has been discussed 10,000 + times. All you need to know is within this site. Type in "mites" or "NIX" and read.
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And they won't just be around the eyes. They are everywhere. You just haven't looked hard enough.
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Old 03-07-05, 03:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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short version: go to shoppers drugmark (WALMART DOES NOT CARRY IT ANYMORE, DAMNIT!)

1 bottle nix ($12.99 blue & white box), mix with 4 litres water... shake-a shake-a shake-a..... take out all subtrate, throw it away, like out of the house away... spray enclosure/tank and area around it, all hides, and take out water dish for 1-2 days. Let solution dry. Spray snake, don't forget head and vent.

repeat a week later.

repeat with light spraying after shedding.

hope this helps! if not, please see above and search for "NIX" in posts.

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Old 03-07-05, 04:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Do some searching, but olive oil has been known to work very well (though it can be messy).

Don't forget with mites and ticks you need to change the substrate and clean everything down (hides and plants esp), and make sure the viv is free of lingering bastages.
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NIX is the way to do it. Good luck its worth repeating the process 2 weeks after the first treatment just to insure you got them all.

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Old 03-07-05, 07:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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As mentioned, Nix is the way to go, here is a link to a good article on the whole process.

http://www.pkreptiles.com/pdf/articles/mites.pdf
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Old 03-07-05, 09:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey,

If you can find a seller near you, try to get reptile relief. I've never had mites on my snakes, but I had some on my rats, and I used this to clean them up quickly. It's natural and non-toxic and unlike other solutions, you don't have to be as worried about it being harmful to your animals.

The website is www.naturalchemistry.com
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I personally have used NIX in the past as a preventive procedure.. I however am very interested in getting the Reptile Releif product as I try to avoid chemicals as much as possible.. some people have "over done it" with the NIX in the past.. there are no risks for your animals using Reptile Relief apparently...

Keep us posted,
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I didn't read MarcB's shortcut to the article but if you use nix put paper towel as substrate eady to see mites and easy to change. Good luck, hope all go's well
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Old 03-16-05, 02:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Personally, I've heard nothing but good things about olive oil (other than it being messy) for treating mites, but I've never had to deal with this problem, so I have no advice to offer.

However, I thought some of you might find this interesting. Kathy Love is the author of "The Corn Snake Manual". And yes, I know this thread is about a ball python, but if there's a risk at all, I'd like to think that this might help.

http://www.cornsnakes.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=10

If you want to know which thread this reply came from, click here.
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thanks for the link spirit.. that's why I would much rather use something like Reptile Relief, a non-toxic substance... perhaps the snake survives the NIX treatment, but how much did we hinder the snakes health? Who knows....?

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I would also reconsider, after all this is done with, purchasing a WC animal (as I'm assuming it may be).
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Provent-A-Mite also works wonders. You don't spray it directly on the snake, just in the enclosure. Replace the water dish but spray everything else. Let it dry and it will work for upto 3 monthes.

Also, no matter which one you use, if you have more then one snake it would be a good idea to treat them all for mites just in case. Mites spread like crazy.

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Old 03-16-05, 11:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Have to agree with you Nick. Provent-A-Mite has done wonders for us here whenever we have had an outbreak.......hasn't happened in quite some time now.....
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