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Erik Pottas 04-11-2019 11:13 AM

Grain Mites
Is grain mites harmful to hedgehogs?
I have a tub of mealworms but I'm not sure if it has Grain Mites? Also is it possible for my tub of hedgehog food to get grain mites? My hedgehog food is in a tub fully closed!

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Aj.t 04-11-2019 11:23 AM

Hey there! If your tub of food is in an airtight container you should be good. Mites aren’t generally going to cause life threatening illnesses if ingested, but obviously steps should be taken to avoid it at all costs. If you can, look closely at the dry diet. You should be able to see small holes in each piece of kibble and you may even see the little mites crawling around. We’ve had grain mites at work before and it’s nothing too worrisome. If you find them, just bleach the container and replace the diet with new kibble. As for the wins, I’ll let another comment on this who has experience growing worms. We use superworms at work and don’t breed them, just replace them. Wish I could help here!
Hope this helps 🙂

Kalandra 04-12-2019 01:11 PM

They are considered to be harmless. If you do a web search for mealworm colony mites you'll run across many pages about how to deal with them.

Some feel that if you completely dry out the bedding, remove all food for a length of time the mites will die out. But this may take a very long time and never happen.

Others believe starting with a new tub, new bedding and transferring the mealworms over will work ok.

And yet others say just destroy the entire colony, don't risk contaminating a new container. From what I read, if your mealworms are kept in a warm humid climate the mite infestation will quickly grow and they will start killing your mealworms.

No idea which is true, I've yet to run into a grain mite infestation. Had grain moths once and that was bad enough.

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