Pulling my hair out, here!
We’ve recently noticed a mite in our bedding. It is light brown, the same rough size as a snake mite, very difficult to squish, and never has any blood when it is squished.
This bug has not been observed on any of our animals, and no, I am not in denial. I dealt with snake mites over 20 years ago, so I know how to find them on snakes. Eyes are clear, chins are clear, zero raised scales, fresh sheds are perfectly clear, etc. We have over 50 ball pythons and a number of them are pure white.
I have been finding these mites dead in water bowls (no animals have been soaking in them for as long as I can remember). I’ve also found them crawling on damp bedding and humid sides of the tubs.
I have dealt with wood mites from poor quality aspen. That was remedied easily by ditching the aspen. Those buggers were super tiny.
We are dumping bedding and treating paper towels with provent-a-mite as a temporary bedding until the issue is clear.
The problem I am struggling with, is spraying poison to eliminate something that doesn’t pose an obvious threat to my animals.
Hoping someone will chime in with experience, I’ve had no luck finding a similar mite in google searches.
We use a coconut chip bedding, I’ll keep the brand quiet unless anyone has a known link to bedding as a source of bugs.