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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:36 am Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

                                                   
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Sun  method  might  be  tricky  for  whiteworms.  Take  extra  care.                

 
 Thanks  for  the  warning  Deepak.  I  started  another  big  one  today.  So  can  experiment  with  the  older  one.
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 Hey..  have  anyone  tried  Naphthalene  balls?
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 I  tried  the  sun  method.  Kept  it  in  the  sun  for  about  20  minutes  (around  10  O'clock)  the  mites  are  there  but  they  are  not  thriving
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I  tried  the  sun  method.  Kept  it  in  the  sun  for  about  20  minutes  (around  10  O'clock)  the  mites  are  there  but  they  are  not  thriving                

 Ram  are  you  getting  a  good  harvest?  Is  it  a  grindal  or  white?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:51 am Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

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I  tried  the  sun  method.  Kept  it  in  the  sun  for  about  20  minutes  (around  10  O'clock)  the  mites  are  there  but  they  are  not  thriving                

 
 Did  you  try  the  wood  ash,  the  only  problem  here  is  that  we  dont  know  what  type  of  mite  is  there,  as  there  are  2  types,  scavengers  and  predators.   only  good  thing  is  that  with  the  level  of  infestations  described  these  may  just  be  the  scavengers.  as  otherwise  you  would  have  seen  the  grindals  suffering.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:09 am Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 Vishal
 they  are  white  and  round  and  tiny.
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 Deepak,
 
 colour  is  actually  not  an  indicator  of  the  species,  there  are  thousands  if  not  missions  of  mites  from  the  dust  mite  that  causes  allergies  to  humans  to  spider  mites  that  are  a  major  cause  of  concern  to  tea  planters.  even  the  habitat  is  varied.  eg  the  mites  in  your  culture  are  thriving  in  humid  conditions  and  dont  like  the  sun  and  the  spider  mite  of  tea  attacks  when  it  is  hot  sunny  and  dry.
 
 whenever  you  start  a  new  culture  take  nuked  peat,  and  fresh  washed  grindals,  also  see  how  you  can  prevent  access  to  your  cultures  by  enclosing  them  in  cloth  bags  etc.
 try  the  wood  ash  it  really  works  for  insect  pests  in  the  field  as  the  fine  ash  kills  the  mites  by  clogging  the  breathing  holes.  try  this  only  on  one  of  your  cultures,  to  see  the  effect  on  grindals  (I  have  not  done  this  on  grindals  as  fortunately  my  cultures  are  free  of  mites)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:01 pm Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

                                                   
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I  tried  the  sun  method.  Kept  it  in  the  sun  for  about  20  minutes  (around  10  O'clock)  the  mites  are  there  but  they  are  not  thriving                

 Ram  are  you  getting  a  good  harvest?  Is  it  a  grindal  or  white?                

 
 Deepak  
 they  are  white  worms  
 And  Yes  the  harvest  is  very  very  huge.  Infact  I  had  a  Problem  in  between  few  days  back  and  today.
 If  you  dont  harvest  them  daily  they  are  all  over  the  boxes  and  they  die  
 Don't  know  what  the  reason  is.  Today  Morning  my  6"  x  4"  x  2"  transparent  box  had  turned  fully  white  because  the  whole  
 box  was  filled  with  worms,  but  alas  only  few  of  them  alive...  
 Immediately  I  have  started  2  more  cultures
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 Ram  its  time  make  tiny  needle  holes  in  the  cap.  Worms  are  getting  suffocated.  
 Remember  ..  tiniest  holes.  
 Or  make  a  bigger  hole  and  block  it  with  filter  floss.  So  no  one  gets  in.
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 Deepak  
 Got  it..  But  even  the  boxes  with  holes  had  worms  dead  on  the  sides
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 So  waht  are  we  talking  about  here,  white  worms  or  grindals?  
 
 Just  putting  the  white  worms  in  the  lower  shelf  of  a  refrigerator  might  work  with  white  worms.  They  like  cooler  temps  and  the  mites  might  not.  
 
 The  grindals  don't  like  cooler  temps  that  much....
 
 Another  method  is  to  wash  each  grindal  in  water,  the  mites  will  float  away,  do  this  for  two  dozen  grindals,  and  use  them  in  a  totally  sterile  fresh  medium  kept  away  from  the  old  cultures.  takes  a  long  time,  but  safe.  did  it  once,  worked,  but  did  not  bother  to  do  it  again.  Just  switched  to  the  mini  tubifex.  
 
 Vishaal  Dalaal's  grinal  worms  are  also  infected  with  mites   Chuckle  Don't  aske  me  how  i  know!
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So  waht  are  we  talking  about  here,  white  worms  or  grindals?  
 
 Just  putting  the  white  worms  in  the  lower  shelf  of  a  refrigerator  might  work  with  white  worms.  They  like  cooler  temps  and  the  mites  might  not.  
 
 The  grindals  don't  like  cooler  temps  that  much....
 
 Another  method  is  to  wash  each  grindal  in  water,  the  mites  will  float  away,  do  this  for  two  dozen  grindals,  and  use  them  in  a  totally  sterile  fresh  medium  kept  away  from  the  old  cultures.  takes  a  long  time,  but  safe.  did  it  once,  worked,  but  did  not  bother  to  do  it  again.  Just  switched  to  the  mini  tubifex.  
 
 Vishaal  Dalaal's  grinal  worms  are  also  infected  with  mites   Chuckle  Don't  aske  me  how  i  know!                

 
 Romi  My  worms  are  not  infected  by  mites,
 1.   Microfex  one  culture  has  flies.
 2.   Grindal  cultures  have  flies  and  the  culture  taken  from  you  was  segregated  to  get  a  microworm  culture  infact  your  culture  had  more  microworms  than  grindals.
 3.   No  mites  in  my  cultures  please  I  have  a  mini  aversion  to  mites  being  from  an  agriculture  background.
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 Vishal  how  do  you  keep  mites  away  from  the  culture.  
 I  tried  keeping  in  the  sun  method  and  it  is  working.  
 the  mites  have  reduced.  maybe  in  a  weeks  time  they  will  (swargwas  ho  jaayenge)  Chuckle
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