Post by Thunder380Lady on Jun 22, 2004 9:29:53 GMT -8
Hello everyone. I have been having some major computer problems lately and haven't been able to get on Iguana Zone. But I was finally able to get back. Now I have a question. Lenore still has mites and I am trying desparately to get rid of them, with no success. Can anyone please tell me how to totally get rid of them? The people at the pet shop said to put olive oil all over Lenore to smother the mites so they will kill them even under her scales. Is this a good idea? I really need some advice. Any advise will be GREATLY appreciated.
The oil may kill the mites on the Ig but the cage will still be full of them, not to mention the eggs. The most effective thing I know of on the market is Reptile Relief by De Flea. It's safe enough that you can even spray it on the animal.
Post by IguanaKing on Jun 29, 2004 15:24:39 GMT -8
To start with, I would recommend removing and disposing of every organic object in the habitat (except your ig of course ) Plants and wooden objects are known to make good homes(egg-laying sites)for mites, they leave their home only to feed on the skin of your ig. So, first you need to get rid of any place you can that mites can use as their home. Then, once you get them all off of your ig, put your ig into some type of disposable, temporary enclosure (probably a large cardboard box would work well for this). Now its time to go hunting...EVERY SINGLE mite must be killed. Mites, and other arachnids of this type, are basically born pregnant with 10's of thousands of offspring, so, leaving one alive can turn into a huge problem again within just a few weeks. The most effective hunting method I have found is also very time consuming, I used a pair of tweezers and a coffee can full of bleach. I picked up each mite with the tweezers and dropped them into the bleach until there were no mites left. Next, closely and carefully, inspect your ig again and make sure there are no mites on her. The olive oil or other stuff that Merlin recommended should probably also be used on her and her habitat before she goes back in. Once you are reasonably sure that there are no mites on the ig or in the habitat, you can put your ig back in with new cage furnishings. Removing the items I mentioned in the beginning should take care of most, if not all, of the egg problem because they generally don't lay eggs on their host (but of course there are always exceptions). While your ig is outside the enclosure, make sure she doesn't get out of her temporary housing or she could spread mites to other parts of your house. When you're all done, dispose of the box you had her in and everything should be back to normal.
Pretty simple, right?
Good luck, they're definitely no fun.
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Post by Thunder380Lady on Jul 7, 2004 17:25:22 GMT -8
I have been keeping Lenore in a very large glass aquarium since I got her, so I am hoping that since her home is made of glass it will be real easy to kill any and all mites in there.I have another 55 gallon aquarium which I am going to transfer her to while I clean and disinfect the other one. But before I put her in it I am going to bathe her in warm water for about 10 minutes and then add some betadine to the water and soak her for another 20 minutes. Then I will put her into the clean aquarium. Meanwhile I will take her other aquarium outside and fill it with extremly hot water and add clorox to the water and let it sit for 24 hours. Then I am going to rinse it very well, empty it and rinse it again. Then put her back in the warm bathe and betadine, and transfer her again and clean the other aquarium the same way I did the first one. I am going to repeat this process for 1 week. This should totally eliminate any and all mites. What do you all think about this course of action? I will appreciate any replies to this. Thank You!
Be careful! If the water is too hot it will crack the glass. Wiping the tank down with a 1/10 solution of bleach and water should do it no need to soak for 24 hours.
Seriously pick up the Reptile releif. I know of a number of people who have had very good results with it. Including a friend that has a collection of over 100 snakes! There is nothing better on the market and you can spray cage and all with it.
Post by Thunder380Lady on Jul 10, 2004 14:09:43 GMT -8
Thanks everyone for all the advice for mite treatment. I called vets and pet shops where I live and I got all types of advice. But none that I was liked alot. One pet shop said I could buy NIX that is used to treat humans for head lice. But I was afraid to use that. Then I went to a vet and she suggested either using a dog flea spray or shampoo, which I was totally against because I know they are too strong and would probably make Lenore sick or maybe even dead. Then she also said she could give Lenore an injection to kill the mites. That was a big question mark in my mind. I never heard of an animal getting an injection to kill mites. So I scrapped that idea. I was trying desparatly to find the Reptile Relief but no place around here sold it. Well I got online and looked up some pet shops and finally found one in PA that had the Reptile Relief! ;D So I am going to start treatment on Lenore with it tomarrow. I read the bottle and it sounds safe enough. Thanks Merlin for suggesting it! I will let you all know how things turn out. I do have another question. About the injection the vet suggested to kill mites? Has anyone heard of this before? She didn't say what medication would be injected. It just didn't sound right to me. Thanks again.
Post by prism_wolf on Jul 10, 2004 18:32:43 GMT -8
From injection info. is off MK's site (this is from the link you were already given on mites):
Ivermectin (Ivomec®) While some vets will recommend injecting a reptile with ivermectin as a way to get rid of mites, the drug is highly toxic. Even the drug's manufacturer strongly advises against injecting it into reptiles for any reason (it is often used as a wormer for reptiles). Another way to use this drug, however, is externally, in a spray made by mixing ivermectin and water. Ivermectin may be obtained in a vial or syringe from your veterinarian, or without a prescription in the bovine or equine section of feed stores (where it is sold as a cattle and sheep wormer under the brand name Ivomec). You will also need a 1 cc syringe and a large bore needle (which can also be obtained from feed stores or your veterinarian). Ivermectin is rather thick and the multi-dose injection bottle in which it comes is topped by a thick rubber seal. You must insert the needle through this seal to get it into the drug itself. Some smaller gauge needles can get through the seal without bending, but it will take a very long time to pull up even the small amount of the drug needed, so use a larger-bore needle if you can.
Mix 0.5cc (5mg) of injectable ivermectin (it comes 10mg/cc) per quart of water. Shake or stir vigorously and use immediately.
Follow the steps above for cleaning out the enclosure. Instead of using the pest strip or collar, soak a cloth in the ivermectin-water solution, or pour the solution into a spray bottle. Thoroughly wipe down or spray the entire inside of the tank, wiping down the unplugged heating pads and light fixtures. While the ivermectin solution is drying in the enclosure, soak a clean cloth in the solution and wipe down the reptile or spray it thoroughly with the ivermectin solution, avoiding the eyes and open mouth. Use a cotton-tipped swab to carefully apply the solution around their eyes and nostrils, taking care not to get any in their eyes. You can also use an ivermectin solution to moisten a swab or cloth and work it into r the chin grooves, under belly scutes, ventral folds, and into dorsal crests.
Put new substrate and the furnishings into the tank and replace the reptile. Monitor carefully for the reappearance of mites, repeating as necessary.
Please note that ivermectin poses a potential danger to any animal, but most especially to severely debilitated reptiles, particularly when used systemically (administered orally or by injection) on such reptiles. Take extreme care when using it topically.
Ivermectin has been reported in the veterinary and herpetocultural literature to be fatally toxic to chelonians and should never be used in or on them, nor in their environment.
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2004 18:33:56 GMT -8 by prism_wolf
I was just putting out the info on injecting since you had not heard of it, Merlin...and others may have been curious, too.
Seeing as MK has had the experience to back up her research, I would have to say it is safe to use...as long as you allow the stuff to dry completely before putting the ig back in the cage.
I have been VERY lucky not to have had to deal with mites myself so my experience is 0. I just have to trust what others have used and what I read. After all...reading is the bigger part of learning...experience just adds to it... .