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These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 5:48 am
by OlitheHalmahera
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Anyone now what I'm dealing with? And should I be worried?

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 5:58 am
by splashy07
From the picture they appear to be baby crickets.

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 6:06 am
by OlitheHalmahera
splashy07 wrote:From the picture they appear to be baby crickets.

Any idea how to get rid of them without hurting my springtail/isopod population?

I also have this video if you want a better view of them http://imgur.com/gallery/O1hQIeV

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 6:28 am
by splashy07
You could try trapping them by putting some food in a plastic container with a hole in the center of the lid. Works for me when I get them in my bios. I trap them for my young mantids. Just make sure there is something they can climb onto for access to the lid. They fall in and cant get out. I've trapped thousands this way. Take your skink food right out after he eats so the crickets will get hungry and seek out your trap. You may get some isos and springtails in your trap as well, though.

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 6:53 am
by OlitheHalmahera
splashy07 wrote:You could try trapping them by putting some food in a plastic container with a hole in the center of the lid.

Thanks my bts refuses to eat crickets so I'm afraid they'll just bother him.

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 7:05 am
by splashy07
Loose crickets in the enclosure started this invasion. What I do when feeding insects is immobilize them and place in a feeding dish.

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 7:06 am
by OlitheHalmahera
splashy07 wrote:Loose crickets in the enclosure started this invasion. What I do when feeding insects is immobilize them and place in a feeding dish.

They couldn't have I haven't had crickets in there in months

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 7:31 am
by splashy07
It takes the eggs quite a while to hatch. Crickets hide very well and females do not make noise so I imagine there was a rogue female.

Re: These little black jumping bugs are everywhere in my bioactive enclosure

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 7:40 am
by OlitheHalmahera
splashy07 wrote:It takes the eggs quite a while to hatch. Crickets hide very well and females do not make noise so I imagine there was a rogue female.

I have chances the bedding and even cage since.
I worry that the place that sends me feeder insects had them mixed in a box of isopods by mistake.
And as far as I have found out they where not the same species of crickets.