An Ant keepers worst nightmare! a deadly and rampant infestation of harmful blood sucking mites!
Ive purchased some Hypoaspis predatory mites in the hope that they will cull this infestation and save my Asian marauder ant colony from certain doom!
Day One of the treatment, ive added the soil containing the Hypoaspis mites to the colony, i also added a herd of springtails and some isopods, leaving a slice of lemon resting ontop of the natural nest.
I took all the precautions to try and prevent a mite infestation, knowing this species is vulnerable to mites! i dip all feeder food in boiling water, i remove it after 24 hours, i bio-activated the soil with springtails and earth worms, the cocofibre & sand substrate had been baked and soaked in boiling water before going into the set up.
I have been completely taken back and thrown by the sheer speed and severity of this infestation! i have checked all my other colonies, luckily they are all mite free!
The Carebara Affinis colony is now in isolation and undergoing treatment to hopefully cull this infestation and save the colony!
I would love to hear from anyone who has advice on this matter or experience dealing with this kind of mites!
Ants & The Colonialist