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Help With Mites

 
Nexea Dobson
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I am not able to get rid of these mites that are spawning from around and in my composting toilet... It's BAD. diatomaceous earth keeps them at bay but they seem to reproduce and come back at very alarming rates... They're tiiiiny almost like a fine powder and very light colored they're pretty much white except when they're clumped together in a huge pile then they have a like tanish color. I've searched online a lot and there's like no info on like specific things that will work I feel like the only person having this problem... The only thing I've found is I think they might be called mold mites? all I know is that they like humid environments but I can't just change the climate of the region I live in.

Anyways If anyone has any sort of tips on helping me I really need them. I'm about ready to just set fire to everything they make my skin crawl XD
 
Nancy Troutman
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Fire bad.   Very bad.   Avoid setting compost on fire.

Personally, I would suspect that the eggs are in your cover.  
 
Connie McBride
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We have been using an Air Head composting toilet for 6 years. We've had these tiny little critters only once. They sort of look like yeast when they clump, if they're the same kind we had. We cleaned the area around the toilet VERY WELL with vinegar. Not IN the toilet, but the seat, the outside, the fan unit, the screens EVERYTHING. We did this a few times a day for two or three days and they disappeared. They have never returned, though nothing else has changed. That's all the advice I can offer. Sorry it's not more, but take heart, they WILL go away!
 
Nancy Troutman
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I have never had that happen to me.   But if I did, I would move to another State.
 
Bryant RedHawk
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other than solutions already mentioned by Connie your best bet would most likely be intense UV light.

In our microbiology lab we run a sterilization protocol that runs UV for eight hours.
while you would not need such a length of time run, a two bulb or 4 bulb UV light would most likely render all exposed surfaces sterile when run for a minimum of 2 hours.

Like Connie mentioned, most likely the critters are using hide holes in places like the seat, side walls and any other surrounding pieces of the toilet fixture.
If this is the case you would need to create a situation where all these parts are exposed to the UV lights for the minimum time period (that is if you choose to try this method).
 
Wyatt Barnes
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If they are using the frame as a breeding storage area then replacing it should solve the problem. I would consider shifting to another room for a few days as well. I would not get rid of the original frame but I would leave it in the hot sun for a few days, maybe inside a sealed garbage bag? Not sure if direct sunlight or built up heat would kill better.
 
Jeff Wetzig
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We had this problem with mites in our sawdust toilet as well.  It turned out that they were coming from the sawdust we had gotten from a sawmill.  When we switched to sawdust from kiln dried wood the problem went away. 
 
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