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Bugs in enclosure

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by The Adjustor, Oct 25, 2011.

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    The Adjustor New Member

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    I just put some more soil and moss in my torts soon-to-be new enclosure to make the humid hide. I noticed a few small bugs in the dirt after i mixed it all in. I think it was from the moss because I noticed them inside the humid hide and I've never seen them anywhere before (I don't use moss anywhere else but the humid hide). Are these going to be a problem? They are very small oval shaped white bugs. I only saw maybe 5 or 6 and I killed all the ones that I could, but I think one or two may have gotten away, and who knows how many were hidden.
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    I don't think they will be an issue for your tortoise, I think they bother us humans more.. I would keep an eye on it...
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    Most likely won't harm the tort.You can kill them with diatomaceous earth,sprinkled on the substrate.
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    Thanks for that tip. I don't expect it to become a problem, but if I keep noticing them I might try that.
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    From the description, they're most likely collembolans and/or fungus knats, both are common detritivores and should be harmless to you and your tort/torti.
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    Just a side note that diatomaceous earth (DE) is bad for respiratory systems so apply when they are not around and spray to keep dust down but, they're probably fine I have the same prob. I just take their food out after while too seems to help a little. I wouldn't risk a respiratory infection I just live with it
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    we get those a lot in the moss used in our ectotherm habitats (mostly frog habs), they shouldn't hurt your torts.
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