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Tiny, tiny, tiny flying invaders in enclosure?

Postby MrSpectrum » Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:27 pm

Somehow I've got some tiny, tiny, tiny flying invaders in Z's enclosure.
So tiny you could probably fit 10 or more on the head of a pin. Not sure where they came from--possibly potting soil(?) They're so tiny, ZaRDoZ ignores them--too small to waste energy hunting/eating them. When I had a water dish in there (for humidity) I'd find 1 or 2 dead floaters every day. Too tiny to photograph. There are usually a few (2-5 or 6) in the enclosure at any time, and eventually they find their way out and into the house. They probably only live a few days, but can be a PITA when they get out & fly up your nose... :angry5: They don't seem to bite either Z or us. They're just... annoying.

Anyone know what these are and how to get rid of them?
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Re: Tiny, tiny, tiny flying invaders in enclosure?

Postby Gormagon » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:10 pm

Get Zardoz out of his layer and grab your trusty propane torch and roast them, that's what I do out in my shop in the summertime. Just wave it around (don't stay in one spot to long :roll: ) in the viv till they are all gone. You"re basically burning their wings off and, roasting them!!!
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Re: Tiny, tiny, tiny flying invaders in enclosure?

Postby MrSpectrum » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:19 am

:? I can't tell if you're yanking my chain or not :?: :?

The enclosure is all wood (birch & pine) sealed in urethane. Open flames are a definite, "Nuh-uh."
(And the danged thing weighs 300 lbs.--it ain't going anywhere unless/until I die or move. :roll: )
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Re: Tiny, tiny, tiny flying invaders in enclosure?

Postby Gormagon » Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:46 am

MrSpectrum wrote::? I can't tell if you're yanking my chain or not :?: :?

The enclosure is all wood (birch & pine) sealed in urethane. Open flames are a definite, "Nuh-uh."
(And the danged thing weighs 300 lbs.--it ain't going anywhere unless/until I die or move. :roll: )

You would have to be in one spot for a bit to cause any damage. Have you ever run you hand over a candle, if done slowly it will burn you, if done quickly it won't. Same principle applies here.
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Re: Tiny, tiny, tiny flying invaders in enclosure?

Postby MrSpectrum » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:48 am

I'm not sure they're gnats as they don't cloud/swarm--just a couple/few individuals at a time.

I understand what you're saying about the torch, but I really don't think that will do anything.
The more I study the situation, the more I'm thinking they're coming from the potting soil, though I don't know why. I'm not looking forward to tearing all the plants out, washing roots, and replanting. DW has a spray she uses, but it contains a few things harmful to beardies, and he tastes everything. Just caught him in the basil forest (2nd time ever on his own :) ) and he nibbled a few leaves off an echeveria (which is fine--all the plants are safe/edible).

Talking it through, I guess I'm looking for something beardie-safe to spray on the soil to get rid of the li'l buggers. If I knew specifically what they were, that might help too. :dontknow:
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