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Millipedes and fungus gnats

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So I have read that fungus gnats are not uncommon with millipedes but man I’m killing a dozen wat day. Any suggestions? I have them (bumblebees) in a 2.5 gallon, several inches of coco fiber, dead oak leaves, decaying maple wood chunks, and a bit of sand. 

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You get a lot of fungus gnats when dealing with rotten wood. My advice, put up those sticky fly traps around your enclosures, will help a bit I think.

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I’m actully going to experiment this spring with some sort of tiny predator. A jumping spider for example. Idea. They wouldn’t bother the millipedes and the humidity should be too much of an issue. Plus if they got out, I find them in my house all the time anyway. I guess you could also set a mantid nymph mesh enclosure on the top? I mean why waste a perfectly good feeder?

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I've heard mosquito dunks work for fungus gnat filled containers actually, the bacteria only harm Dipterans, and won't harm any of the other inhabits. Might be worth a try in your millipede tank! :)

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Nah a tiny predator would be cooler lol

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Fungus gnats are mostly harmless, and given their tendency for population explosions a small predator may be ineffective.

 

I almost never get any problems with "pests" when dealing with tenebrionids and small garden carabids. They are pretty dry-resistant, so any mites or gnats simply can't live in their cage.

 

Suggestion:

1. ignore them, unless they are seriously depleting the millipede food

 

2. Dunk your millipede in a damp temporary cage with some non-leaf snacks, and let the main cage dry out

After drying out for a while, remoisten it and make the ventilation areas gnatproof

 

The little dipterans do look tastily useful, though.

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So I went to remove my lid on my millipedes and found this little thing already taking up residence. I don’t even have to wait til spring lol p. I’m guessing it’s a hitchhiker in my oak leaf bucket.

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