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Soil mites in enclosure. Need to worry?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by tortoise-n00b, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. tortoise-n00b

    tortoise-n00b New Member

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    Today I noticed A LOT of small light colored bugs in the enclosure. Below my coconut husk, I have organic potting soil. I think they might have been introduced via the fresh grass I tried to give them.

    I did a Google search and I think they are soil mites.

    I can only imagine the population of these things increasing with time. Do I need to do anything? Should I be concerned? Thanks!
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    A lot of us introduce ROLLY POLLY bugs. (Pill bugs) into the enclosure.
    They eat debris and stop mites from taking over.
    Otherwise the media must be boiled, cooled and replaced.
    In small numbers I don't believe they do any harm. Even large numbers are a small annoyance.
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    Where do you get rolly pollys?
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    Outdoors.
    Almost any large rock or log you turn over. There will be a few.
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    Could just be springtails which are common and harmless. They will eat waste and mold.
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