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    Bah the ever so dreaded war against mites! Last week i purchased a nice Columbian rainbow boa from a local guy online. Every thing seemed fine, snake looked healthy came with a cage and accesories for 50 bucks. Heck the guy even purchased the snake from the pet store he used to work at. Little did i know what i was in store for lol. Today i dug around in the substate for him and picked him up, i sat him down to find 3-4 black mites on my hands. When i reached back in to pick him up he started striking at me lol. Anyways i put him in a bath of warm water for 2 hours ordered som PAM, and cleaned his cage with 5 percent clorox solution. After it aired out i wiped him down with reptile spray and placed him back in with newspaper this time. So round one is on, hopefully it will be a short fight! lol

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    Sounds like you're on your way to wining the battle.

    I had a mite problem with my female BCI when I brought her home.

    I soaked her twice a day for 2-3 hours at a time in 80-82 degree water. Sprayed her down with JurassiMite twice a day, cleaned out her cage with 5% bleach solution, removed everything except her hide and water bowl, replaced her cypress mulch substrate with paper towels treated with PAM (which I replaced daily), and after a about a week of that the mites were history.

    You don't have to use paper towels as a substrate - it just makes it easier to see mite activity in the cage since they stand out against the white paper.

    Good luck. And keep us posted.

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    • #3
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      deep in the trenches with the scummy lil ditbags myself i smell there fear though....now is the winter of there discontent!

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      • #4
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        Give is a few months and you will be fine. You are already doing the right steps. I would repeat every 2 weeks for 2-3 months. This is what I did and I have not seen a mite since.

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        • #5
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          Sigh! It was feeding night tonight, everyone ate fine even the infected little guy. However when i was placing my ball python back into his normal tank i saw a mite on him too! Now this guy is all the way in the other end of my house. I can see right now that this war will not end quick or easy lol. On a positve note by the time i can move the guys around to clean and disinfect my PAM should be here.

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          • #6
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            hey guys my boas just got ites and ive been buggin out cause of it haha i did all the things that you all suggested but i have a question. qwhat is PAM?

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            • #7
              Re: fight with mites

              Originally posted by icemanpballer View Post
              Sigh! It was feeding night tonight, everyone ate fine even the infected little guy. However when i was placing my ball python back into his normal tank i saw a mite on him too! Now this guy is all the way in the other end of my house. I can see right now that this war will not end quick or easy lol. On a positve note by the time i can move the guys around to clean and disinfect my PAM should be here.

              Yeah mites will travel from one end of your house to the other in a day or two...

              I used the Generic spray you can buy at the drug store instead of PAM..and it worked Perfectly....And I always spray down the new arrivals cages...

              remember to lightly treat the substrate as well as all furnishings

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by smac718 View Post
                hey guys my boas just got ites and ive been buggin out cause of it haha i did all the things that you all suggested but i have a question. what is PAM?
                It's the cooking spray! No seriously I'm only kidding, don't go buy the cooking spray and treat your boas.

                PAM= Prevent-A-Mite
                It is a preventative treatment for reptile substrate and enclosures to kill and prevent further mite infestations.

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                • #9
                  Re: fight with mites

                  Its actually PROVENT-A-MITE.

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