Good Mites or Bad Mites?

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Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by GabyRaven » Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:18 am

I found these Mites in my tat, and one or two on BFG, so I'm worried they're bad Mites... here's a video of them to see what type they are, thanks in advance!

https://vimeo.com/192788829


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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by kieagcarm » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:27 pm

Oh my I just had a heart attack, I hate bugs

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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by Paradi » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:03 pm

I could never let mites crawl all over me like that Have checked out the "What's that bug in my crabitat?" Page? I believe that is what it's called... It may be of help to you


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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by GabyRaven » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:47 pm

I'm not really bugged by bugs (lol) that was the only way I could get them on a surface that you guys could actually see them on... I have looked at that page, but I still couldn't figure it out. Any ideas as to if these are something to worry about?


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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by Visual » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:03 pm

Do they fly? They kinda look like gnats or little sand flys

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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by GabyRaven » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:50 pm

I don't think so but they jump, they're not fleas though I've seen fleas before, they look like they might have wings


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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by Rawrgeous » Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:24 am

The "bad mites" are red in color and hang out on the crabs soft spots like the joints between their legs.

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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by GabyRaven » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:08 am

So these pesky little grey ones don't do anything?


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Post by aussieJJDude » Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:17 pm

I'm going to sound like a pain... Is it possible to get some closeups of the bugs in question....
All I can see in the vid is a could of blackish specks running up your arm! A good macro shot can really help identify what they are.
Rawrgeous wrote:The "bad mites" are red in color and hang out on the crabs soft spots like the joints between their legs.
Often the red colour is a good indication, but I also though that tan/black/brown/other colour mites can also be predatory?

http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/ph ... hp?t=30282

Since its on the crabs, I would view them as predatory. A good deep clean, multiple baths and boiling/washing/baking of everything should get rid of them.
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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by GabyRaven » Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:19 pm

I could try to get a macro shot, sure! I've got a macro lens on my camera so when I have a chance I'll upload a closeup, not a pain at all It wasn't on the crab, just running around the shell, does that count?


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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by Kermie16 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:25 pm

Think they could be springtails maybe? Since they jump? Definitely a close up on the bugs would be helpful :)


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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by Rawrgeous » Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:57 am

Ah. Thanks JJ. I don't know know why, I just felt like I had read that somewhere. ._. I apologize for leading you astray Gaby. XD

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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by GabyRaven » Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:54 am

It's okay ImageImage I already looked at both of those forums anyway, so it's all good :) Taking some macros in the morning, just woke up to Janet trying to Houdini her way out at 4:00 AM ImageImage Gotta love those little escape artists


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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by aussieJJDude » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:01 pm

Rawrgeous wrote:Ah. Thanks JJ. I don't know know why, I just felt like I had read that somewhere. ._. I apologize for leading you astray Gaby. XD
Yeh, I understand your reasoning... But I always thought the opposite! :lol: I think that most pred mites that has had their pic taken to HCA was red, so I can understand your logic as well.
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Re: Good Mites or Bad Mites?

Post by GabyRaven » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:14 pm

Sorry for the lack of closeup guys, my mom is getting married this weekend and it's been super hectic pics soon


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