So for anyone thats been following along, youve likely seen my talk of the comparison between my enclosures that are bioactive with springtails vs my enclosures i field stripped and treated every 3 days. The difference has so far been night and day. My 16 tub ARS rack has arrived and it gives me the perfect opportunity for an experiment. I am going to move my snakes 1 by 1 to the new snake room as the tubs reach maturity (a healthy established colony of springtails). I have just moved the second
snake up to one of my new 3x2x2s that i have in that room that ive hsd growing a colony for a couple weeks. This snake was infested as of 4 days ago. I gave it a treatment 4 days ago and yesterday of reptile spray. I also just helped her shed, which removed most mites from her, except for any especially sneaky ones. I will try to move each one directly after a shed, to reduce the amount of starting mites.
Obviously for the safety of the snakes this isnt a true scientific experiment, there are no “control” untreated snakes (except for the original bioactive ones that never got hit). All snakes not in bioactive will be treated, and they will be thoroughly cleaned before moving up to the other room as best as possible, so there are many factors at play besides just bioactive. But so far reptile spray has been good at keeping numbers down and treating infested snakes, ivermectin has been useless, but the snakes that have remained untouched are those kept with springtails. So i figure this is worth experimenting with.
Should this experiment fail, it also leaves me the option to purchase predator mites, which will work against the snake mites, and should reach an equilibrium with my springtails afterwards. Will update as this progresses. So far mite infected snakes 22ish (the 3 scaleless have a mite or two, but are mostly unaffected due to no scales), unaffected snakes 5 (1 that is my pet and was never exposed to the other snakes, 3 that were on bioactive, and 1 that recovered when switched to bioactive.)