EntoCraig wrote:Being a bug nerd I am going to add to this one...
Discard old cultures after 28 days. It takes about 28 days for most of the mites sp. we see in our cultures to reach sexual maturity. A few mites in a culture can lay hundreds of eggs so if you toss out your culture before the hatchlings are mature enough to mate and lay eggs, you can stop them from taking over a culture.
While this doesn't eradicate mites, it does keep them from BOOMING. I dont think it is possible to completely eradicate mites from cultures.
I create a new culture every 10 days and throw out cultures that reach 30 days, which is a few days after the mites have the potential to boom, but I keep extra cultures going so I'm not concerned. I remove and freeze all the FF's in 30 day cultures and wash them out with a bleach solution.
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