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Gnats In My Beetles

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by CJMartin, Jul 29, 2022.

  1. CJMartin

    CJMartin Member

    i'm still kinda new to this beetle thing. i just got an old freezer and set it up to house my beetles. i moved my kids from their 10 gallon aquarium into their new home 2 days ago. They seem to like it but i have noticed i have gnats (i think) flying around inside. Not a lot of them but should i be concerned with their presence? Thanks for any input, these guys are a blast to watch!
  2. moonshine

    moonshine Active Member

    When I get gnats in my beetle facility I simply hang fly paper off the ground and take care of the problem

  3. CJMartin

    CJMartin Member

    Thanks, that's what i'm gonna do but in the grand scheme of things are they a problem for my beetles or just a bother to me?
  4. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

    Those are not gnats - they are scuttle flies or coffin flies. I posted a bit years ago on them

    Members of the Phoridae are not good for a colony but not as harmful as ham beetles and mites. You have too much moisture in the colony as they don't like well dried meat better than juicy meat.
    Phoridae - Wikipedia

    You can search on gnats in the advanced search in skulls and skeletons category and read what others have said.
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  5. CJMartin

    CJMartin Member

    Yep you are correct sir, thank you so much! i got one to stand still long enough to take a picture and sure enough, bingo!
    i'm gonna get the ones out that are in there (i hope) and dry the meat i'm feeding them out a little more. So are the white elongate specks i see on the meat their larva? Thanks for the help in ID these!
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  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Too much moisture will also encourage mites and that is a nightmare you don't want.