Went to change fruit and found lots of small white slow moving things on the old fruit. Are these newly hatched babies or some sort of mite? I started the colony about 3 weeks ago, so I don't really know what to look for. Thanks.
Looks like some type of detrivore mite. Ive seen them before, don't know the exact species, but they're harmless, usually show up in substrate at some point. Usually bloom when food is left for a long time. I only worry with sensitive species that don't like them crawling around like snails which can get stressed by their presence.
I use springtails, they're perfect cleaners for them.
The beetles in swarms will still rarely actually attack roaches, but their numbers crawling everywhere will stress the roaches out and one rare occasions if food is not available they will attack roaches.
They would, but I hesitate to use them due to their ability to stress roaches out. That said GBR can climb so it probably wouldn't be much of an issue, and I'm sure there's species of isos that would be less stressful, but I haven't bothered since the springtails do just fine.
A good idea could be making a ledge higher up and hang some cork on it in the bin suspended above the substrate. Or really anything, guess it doesn't have to be cork... this way the roaches could hang out up there and the isos could clean below.
I have springtails and dwarf whites in my green banana bins. I've only had them a month or two so I can't really speak to how they might be affecting the roaches, but they're very tiny and the goal, for me, is to help manage any food residue and dead roaches. So far, so good. I thought I killed off my green bananas, but I think I just had a few adults die due to age or shipping stress. I am seeing more numbers lately, so hopefully in a few more months I'll have large amounts to feed!
I had a small chunk of banana in the bin for just over 24 hours and it already had these mites on it again. Should I be worried about them getting out of control or will their population cycle based on food supply without affecting the GBs?