Try doing a Google search on "Predator Mites", I don't have any experience with using them, but they sound like a safe, natural alternative. Apparently, they hunt down and eat all of the mites, then die when there are none left to eat. Again, I have never used them myself, but several people have and they come highly recommended.
Here's a message I have cut and pasted from the CoRHS message board:
================================= Hi to all at CORR from breazy Britain
Has anyone ever considered the natural predator method to eradicating mites?..its been used with some success in Britain
Post by Thunder380Lady on Jul 14, 2004 15:59:44 GMT -8
Well, I used the Reptile Relief on Lenore today. And hopefully I got all of the nasty little critters that were "bugging" her. I completely cleaned her house with the Reptile Relief also. I held her for awhile afterwards and only saw 2 live mites on her face, and I killed them immediately. Then I took a cottonball with the spray on it and wiped her face. Hopefully that will be the end of them. But it didn't go all so perfectly. Lenore was acting like a tasmanian devil when I first tried to take her out of her house to do the treatment. And she was tail whipping alot and broke the tip of her tail off and it was bleeding. But it was just the very tip and the bleeding stopped almost immediately. So thats a relief. After I had everything cleaned I put her back in her house and she ate her dinner, which is a good sign that she isn't too mad at me. I just wanted to let you all know how the treatment went. I will keep you posted on how it goes in the next week or so. That should be plenty of time to see if I got them all. I will probably repeat this process again just to be sure. Now I have just one more question. Does anyone know of a GOOD reputable reptile vet in my area? Can be anywhere between Columbus Ohio to Pittsburgh PA, to Charleston WV. I would greatly appreciate any help with this. Thank you.
Post by Thunder380Lady on Jul 16, 2004 21:51:01 GMT -8
Hi everyone~ This is day 2 after the mite treatment and so far so good! ;D I haven't seen any mites since I treated Lenore and her home. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are all gone. I had Lenore out today and I checked her all over and no sign of any mites. She also got her nails trimmed today. She is so good when it comes to trimming them. Just wish she was better when it comes to taking her out of her house. She is still so very jumpy. I still need to keep a grip on her when she is out with me. Still working on that.
Post by Thunder380Lady on Aug 1, 2004 9:37:52 GMT -8
Well it has been 19 days since I treated Lenore for the mites.And I am happy to say I haven't seen anymore on her. I am hoping that I got them all including any eggs that were present. I really did a good job cleaning her enclosure and her too as far as that goes. I know it said not to saturate the Iguana with the Reptile Relief, but I did put it on pretty heavy.I just wanted to be sure it got under her scales where they hide. I also took a cottonball soaked with the Reptile Relief and washed her entire body with it. (except around her mouth and eyes). There I just used a cottonball with warm water. Thank you so much Merlin for recommending that I use the Reptile Relief! I was given many options as a treatment but I wanted to use the one that sounded most safe and effective. The Reptile Relief was both! I know Lenore has to be much happier and healthier now that those nasty critters are gone!
Mites are sneaky little beggers! The can hitchhike in on an infected animal or even on merchandise that comes from a store where they have mites. They can even come in on YOU if you have been somewhere they are at. And contrary to what some newbies will try to tell you, having a mite infestation doesn't meant that your husbandry is at fault. The little nasties are just something that happens occassionaly
Me to and as a couple of people here have not had any experiences with this problem. But from what I have read I agree with Dominick and Merlin and prism wolf and Iguana king Now this is from what I have read. Mites are a big problem and if you should get them on your buddy and in the Enclosure all methods should be used to get rid of them..
I used reptile relief on Leo and it did the job. A freind was moving over seas and gave me his 3 year old iguana named sam and it did not work well on him . he came with only a few but they were tough. A new freind that owns a rep, shop has been helping me alot the past few days. who owns many rep, told me to use NIX. 1/4 cup nix to 1/4 cup of water. and it worked on the secound try, but repeat it every 3 days, 3 times. it worked for me.