the trials and tribulations of having a pac-man frog: dealing with gnats; fruit flies - which paper towel is the most absorbent
Recently, we found that miconet is not a woman.
He began to growl.
The female of this species is not called cro, so Michonne changed his name slightly to Michelin because he is a bit like a Michelin Tire Man.
Still, he will always be named after the memory of Michonne.
Introducing MichonneFirst, I have to issue a disclaimer.
I am certainly not an expert in pest control.
I can only hope that my attempt to control their awkwardness may help others or at least make them laugh.
If you have tried any of them, please use your own judgment;
There may be other dangers or consequences for using these unscientific families
The rotation method I missed.
First of all, I would like to introduce Miken to you.
Michonne is a Pac. Man Frog.
Wikipedia will tell you that she is an animal in the order of the order.
They are also known as South American bullfrogs.
They won the name Pac.
From their big mouth and flat round frogs, this makes them look like the character "Pacman" in the video ".
My name is Michonne because she is good at beheading crickets.
My eldest son also named her first meal "governor" so it seems correct to name her Michonne.
I love that my pet has a pleasant environment so my Pac-
The man frog himself has a 75 gallon tank.
I have a layer of lava at the bottom of the tank, with about 4 inch thick rocky surface soil on it.
I planted a few small plants there, keeping the bottom layer where the lava is located very wet.
I have a small plastic fountain with a few plates with water in it and then a few stones and other decorations.
I also have a heating element that I turn on for her all day and turn off overnight to simulate a more normal environment.
I also have a temperature and humidity indicator just to make sure I don't go too far on anything.
You want a fairly high humidity and the temperature should not be below 78 degrees F.
While I did turn off the heater to make it colder overnight, it would be better to keep it around 80.
You must be careful with the pesticides and fertilizers on the plants and soil of your choice. Pac-
Frogs absorb water and other nutrients through the skin, and they also absorb these chemicals.
Do not use top soil enhanced by any chemical.
About once a week or so, we bought about eight crickets and added them to the tank, and they wandered happily through the plants until they basically went into Michonne's mouth and where she was hiding, nestled in the soil.
She will go to them if she is really hungry, but for the most part they end up eating with her.
They chatted happily at night and spent very little time exploring tanks in the world and wandering around the plants.
I served them water and food.
Nutritious foods such as calcium will also help enrich the diet of Michonne.
I always prefer the food to be happy when it's still alive, so I don't like putting them in a dark box with nothing but the old egg box. (
I prefer my own diet to live a free, happy life as well, but this is the subject of another article. )
Michonne has been fat and happy for the short time we have her, and so far it has been about 8 months.
I told them they could live for about eight years and grow into a span of diameter.
At that time, she needed more than a cricket. we had not yet reached that stage.
Unwanted guests, but this article is really about the feeding and care of PacMan frogs;
It's more about the guests she doesn't want.
We have had another problem since we had her. Gnats.
Also known as fruit flies.
My original solution was to dump the whole of the tank and redo the whole setup, but I found that unfortunately this did not solve the problem.
Gnats may come in with the dirt you bought, but we also saw them at the pet store and flew out of the tank where the crickets were stored, so it is also possible for them to come in with the crickets.
Gnats do nothing, but anyone with gnats comes to the house with their groceries (namely fruit)
I know they will be very annoying.
They like to fly into your nose and eyes and are attracted to lighting items like your laptop or mobile phone.
As for Michonne, I had hoped she would have eaten them, but they were small in size, brisk in movement and did not seem to be enough to interest her in hunting.
However, she was annoyed with them and did her best to avoid being disturbed by them because she had completely buried herself in the dirt.
Pac Man frogs will do this anyway, but she didn't do it until gnats became a problem.
Gnats escape the tank through any opening on the hood and continue to annoy the rest of the house, mainly at night.
They fly around in front of your TV, tablet or phone screen, and then they will happily fly up your nose and into your eyes, at this point, you fully understand why michene likes to bury himself in the soil.
Fruit flies are easily cleared in most cases.
In your kitchen.
You just have to keep the counter clean and put the fruit away.
But remove them in a tank full of dirt? Not so easy;
Because here, fruit flies have infinite breeding grounds, and when they walk into the house with your groceries, don't simply "walk away" like they do ".
There they end up on a cold, porous surface, but with the help of Michonne they end up flying in the fruit paradise.
Let's ask Internet cafes!
Since I had previous experience dealing with unwanted insects, I turned to my old friend Internet for help.
While there are many solutions to the Internet, most of them are focused on removing flies from the kitchen;
There is little information about what to do for them in the solarium environment.
In the kitchen, you can spray the counters down, wipe them clean and dry, and then use it to finish.
But you can't spray cleaners or pesticides into your habitat, where plants and animals live in the best part of the Internet solution is to place a jar with water, cider and splash soap in the tank.
Frogs and crickets cannot climb up the glass jar, so it is safe from the solution.
Many instructions will tell you to tape a paper cone at the opening and trap the fly in the jar, but I find it unnecessary.
Gnats flew in and was attracted by the scent of vinegar, which could not go out due to the soap's effect on the water.
The soap mixture does not let them fall gently on the surface of the water, but will let them sink into the water like quicksand.
This method works.
But it doesn't stop the new hatch, and it doesn't kill enough adults to end the cycle.
So I tried something else.
I try to use the ant killer because I have some ideas in my head that it might help to stop the breeding of gnats.
I don't want to put it in the tank because it does contain poison, so I put a small plate on the tank with a few drops of ant bait on it, I added a little water, let it have a runny nose.
This is also very effective, but same as vinegar water.
They just got stuck in the drops and died.
I thought maybe gnats would eat it and then go back with it and help kill the other gnats that live in the dirt, but of course, that's not how it works.
Ants bring food back to their nests. gnats don't.
It may be a good thing that they do not;
I didn't think about Michonne eating them and she did eat them because, as I said, they were more than happy to fly to your nose or mouth.
So, inadvertently, she might be eating gnats, whether she wants it or not.
I stopped using the Terro Ant killer for this reason, but the chance of her eating any one was really slim as the fly never left once it got into the plate.
Remember to look at the packaging label!
One day when I was out shopping I met these fruit fly traps --
I attached a photo directly to it. I admit;
I am excited about the label which says it will stop flies from breeding.
I bought one soon and took it home, and then I looked at the package more carefully.
To be honest, you should look at the packaging before you leave the store, but I don't do so, so making this a lesson for you.
When I took the trap home and read the package completely, I was frustrated to realize that I was cheated again.
The active ingredients contained in the package are vitamin C and sodium laurate, which are almost identical to what you have in your home --
Made vinegar water
So how does it stop them from breeding?
I flipped through the package and read that the insects would be trapped in a solution and drowned, so could not return to the soil to breed. Pft!
After seeing all the hype about flea traps, I was disappointed to find that it would also disinfect the insects and prevent the eggs from hatching, with no additives inside to disinfect the flies or prevent the eggs from hatching. Nope.
Drowned them like they were at home. made traps did.
In a nice package, there is only fine vinegar water.
So all my results so far have been disappointing and rely on keeping the gnat population down but not completely eradicated unless I want to redo the tank completely, thoroughly replace dirt more frequently.
Unfortunately, it doesn't take a long time for gnats to set up a store and settle down.
I think I can try baking dirt in the oven to disinfect, but it could be a tricky job.
I haven't tried this so far.
I stumbled across a box of flyers last week.
They are small black tubes, and when you pull at one end, a piece of paper unties, covered with something that looks like thick honey, very sticky, like wax for hair removal.
If you stick your fingers in, the stripes become harder to handle because sticky things attract yourself.
You might get wrapped up in a bunch of sticky paper.
The horse House and porch are made of flying strips.
In the stable, all you have to do is hang the small tube up high so that it doesn't shake too far and pull it down hard, there is a twist tie at the end that is conveniently attached to it or easily grasped.
It untied itself, you just have to hang the strap there.
Fly fly will be like a card in the soap vinegar water on the tape
Once they touch it, they can't go back.
But you can't just hang flies in a frog can. Can you? Well, I tried.
I spread out four straps, connected them to each other, and carefully hung them in the tank so they were low enough to attract bugs, however, high enough, don't bother micone or her food.
In order to fix them in the proper position, I had to put a piece of tape on the end of the fly strip because even if the fly strip is sticky, it's a sticky liquid and they don't stick on it themselves;
Instead, they slide slowly and eventually fall into the tank.
It would be a bad situation if the frog or her cricket came into contact with this strap, so I made sure they were securely secured in the proper position.
Once I put the strip the way I liked it, I put the glass top back on the tank and covered all this with a towel to prevent any flies from escaping from the opening of the hood.
This is the case.
In theory, it all sounds simple.
But you see, you have to expand and flatten the strap and cut off the attachment --
Pipes and Kinks-
Leave from both ends.
The first one has no real problem, except that you can't help but have a bit of sticky stuff on your finger.
When I place the first strip, I think the stickiness is enough to keep the strip in place.
I stretched it over the tank opening and let it drooping in the middle so that part of it could reach the middle of the tank.
The height is too high to catch the cricket, but it is perfect to catch any flying bug.
The real fun started when I started the second tape.
As I said before, stickiness seems to have some kind of strong magnetic attraction to itself, such as static attachment.
So when I undid and squashed the second strip, it didn't want anything but the sticky stuff that stuck on my fingers before.
This is annoying.
On top of that, it really wanted to stick to itself and the other runway I had already hung.
When I try to place it, it actually turns itself to it in order to get in touch with the other strip.
I then had to separate the two straps, which made my fingers stick more and more. . .
On the side of the tank, on my arm, I think you can see what's going on with this.
Finally, I allow the two straps to stick together at one point as it helps to spread the straps across more air space in the tank.
The behavior of the straps that stick to themselves causes them to become heavier, and the terrible sticky ends that I used to hang on the top edge are easy to pull apart, and then head into the soil of the cage
After I retrieve one end and re-hang, the other end slides freely and lets me point out that the loose end rolls up like it is in the tube and seeks to stick to itself very firmly.
The situation lasted for a few minutes until at some point I realized that I needed to tie both ends to the top of the tank in order to secure them firmly in place because, something like this itself has a strong stickiness, and when I want it, it stubbornly doesn't want to work the same way.
Fix the end.
I managed to hang the straps of the two flies firmly so I could go and find some clear tape.
At this point, all my fingers and arms came into contact with the paste, so when I found the tape, I stood there watching it painfully, and it lay there, in the drawer. . .
I want to know how I will deal with it.
Well, one thing I know is how to remove hair with hot wax;
That thing is also very sticky.
Using it requires a piece of absorbent paper that you can put on wax that has been applied to your skin.
The strap then absorbs excess moisture, so when you pull the band with a strong yank, it pulls the wax and hair in one action, leaving nothing but a soft hairless skin.
With this knowledge, I was looking in my mind for the Brown fast food napkins we put in the kitchen, which are very easy to absorb.
I took one and stuck it to the sticky substance on my hand to allow it to absorb excess moisture.
Then I pulled it down firmly.
Of course, it was torn into some tiny taftz and pieces, leaving some paper on my fingers. Ah!
But the part of the paper is relatively not.
Sticky, this is enough for me to pick up the Scotch tape roll to handle.
I applied a tape at each end of the flyer attached to the outside of the top of the tank.
One of them loosened it again and hung it in the dirt at the bottom of the tank, so I picked it up and reconnected it with tape.
At this point, there was another small, gathering mess in which the flies stuck to themselves and me, but I finally managed to secure the two straps firmly on one side of the tank.
Now, the pieces of paper on my fingers are covered with new sticky substances, and after I 've just gone through the first side of the work, I'm not going to start working on the second side of the tank.
So I went back to the kitchen and sucked the sticky stuff with the second paper towel.
This time, I 've been trying until I take all the paper down, but I still have a sticky residue left, which is enough to cause problems when trying to process the note.
When I took the baby powder outWell, no.
I don't actually have baby milk.
I ate my feet.
But powder is powder.
After absorbing most of the water with a paper towel, I spread the foot powder on my fingers and scrub it into a sticky substance.
Don't get wet;
Use it on a dry hand, then rub it firmly to all the sticky places.
This method removes the remaining residue well and it removes it completely;
Just make sure it really gets into stickiness.
Roll the powder between your thumb and your fingers until you never feel sticky again. All gone.
It's like a charm.
Wash your hands well because you don't want the powder to enter the tank with the frog.
The first is done, so it should be easier to do the second now, all the experience is under my belt.
The following is the process of summary: 1.
Open the fly belt tube and pull slowly. when you pull the fly belt open, turn the tube to relax and press the flat fly belt. 2.
Lift the middle of the fly bar into the tank and quickly connect the end to the top of the tank using transparent tape.
Look at that now. A Pro job.
If you wash your hands again before applying for Article 2, it may be more of a professional job; which I didn't.
In any case, you will find that the simple act of shaking the second flying paper into the tank will be tricky, as the strap will stick to its own will to turn and stick itself on the first strap. . . well, was. . .
The location is perfect.
It doesn't look so professional when it's stripped and re-hung.
But it's inside.
So, I retired, investigated my work, and then retired one more hand.
Once my hands were clean, I replaced the top of the tank and put the light in the middle, then covered it with a towel to prevent gnats from escaping from any openings in the hood of the tank.
The towel immediately increased the humidity in my tank, causing the glass inside to be exposed everywhere.
Michonne wouldn't mind, but it's not very beautiful for pet owners.
There are no straps hanging there, all yellow paste --ness.
The condensation really lasted only a few minutes until the tank adapted itself and the glass became clear again after about 15 minutes.
After completing this project, I have to say now that it is really not a very wise thing to do so.
Whenever you try to do anything, you need to think about all the things that can go wrong.
You have to think about chaos theory and Murphy's law.
If something goes wrong, you have to assume that it will eventually go wrong.
I did leave the straps there for a few days without any problems, but removing them was an unpleasant thing because they were subsequently covered by gnats.
Also, it seems to me that going through every few days is a process that is too cumbersome and time consuming.
There are so many aspects to this system that things can get really bad, other than that it looks very ugly.
It does be better than vinegar and water, but I think the surface area of the fly strip is larger than the vinegar surface area at the bottom of the jar.
I had to rate them as equally effective people. The best waySo Far. So.
This reminds me of the last method I have tried. So far.
As I said before, my tank has openings at the top, and the flies are attracted by the light at night to annoy people.
So I decided to take advantage of that.
I have carefully rearranged the hood and its connecting parts so that the opening will always appear on the back of the tank and usually the air filter and the tank pipe will enter.
I expand one of the straps and put it in the back to completely cover the openings.
Where there is no cover, I used the clear packing tape.
I sealed all the remaining openings around the top edge with a transparent packing tape.
Towel or other covering is not required at the top of the tank, which is a good thing;
The towel changes the level of heat and humidity inside the tank and overheating the fixture.
Towels also block other light sources, which is important now.
The reason this method works best is because the fly is actually attracted to the external light source.
Gnats bump at the top, especially at night, looking for a way out and finally getting in touch with the flight tape.
This is the absolute best way to control gnat so far.
When they tried to escape the tank at night, it caught bugs and was attracted by the lights outside the tank.
It doesn't eliminate all of these problems, but it certainly controls the population and makes life easier for Miken and all the other residents of our family.
You can change the tape anywhere from week to month.
I noticed that there was no smell.
One downside is that these strips are more sticky and harder to use than a can of vinegar, but for me the result is definitely worth the extra aggravation.
If there is any opinion (Or a better idea! )
I'm glad to hear them!
Please leave your comment and I can answer any questions.
Remember, it's all just home-
There is no research or real research on whether these methods are used safely for a long time.
Be sure to put the safety of pets first. Hare-
Smart plans and their success. (Or missing)
Added 2015, well, the stripes on the back work like a charm, but, for me, reducing the gnat population doesn't do much.
About two weeks later, we began to see them walking around the house again.
So I thought, I thought, "well.
Bed bugs die from high temperatures.
Maybe I should try.
"I was thinking of taking out all the dirt and putting it in the oven, but I really didn't like the idea. Big, messy job.
There must be another way.
So I took plants, rocks, decorations and Michonne out of the tank and inserted an electric heater into the middle of the tank.
Well, obviously, it's not good at all.
It starts when the room heater reaches a certain temperature, and it is not high enough to kill any bugs.
So I went back to the oven.
I set it around 400 and put a lot of pots and bowls of pans in it.
My pot bowl handles basin has a handle, so I don't have to worry about anything that will melt or warp.
After the pot bowl pans basin is heated, I carefully take them out of the oven and put them in the tank, hoping that the heat will come out of the metal.
I managed to get the temperature up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
I'm afraid to heat the iron pot too much-
I don't want to ruin them, I don't want to break the glass, I don't want to burn myself, I don't want to burn the house.
So I gave up the idea.
My youngest son has been watching it all the time.
He was used to his mother doing strange things, so he just watched me fail and said nothing until I started taking out the cooled jar.
"Why don't you pour hot water on them? " He says. "? ? ! ? ! ? ? ? ! ? ! ? ? ! " I think. Well, duh!
So I heated a few pots of water to the boiling point and re-heated the pan bowl pans basin in the oven.
I poured boiling water on every inch of the land in the tank.
Then I put the just heated pot on it.
This caused a huge surge of steam to saturate the air in the tank.
As I waited for the cool, I took down all the plants and carefully cleaned them, stems and roots.
I then put all the decorations in a pot of boiled water and scrub them clean as well.
Once they cool and dry and the Earth cools in the tank, I put everything back in place and sent Michonne back to her home.
I will have to wait and see what a serious shock I have brought to the plant after washing it.
Michonne explored her entire tank carefully, soaked it in her water tray for a while, and then found a comfortable place to bury herself.
When I put the tank back in place, I noticed that the two little crickets survived the whole ordeal, so I knew there would be gnats to survive as well.
I still let the flyer go through the back of the tank.
I modified them to have them drooping further so that both the front and back of the strap are in use.
The transparent packaging tape covers any opening along the back of the top of the tank where the flying strip is placed.
So far this is the best way for me to control gnat.
My youngest son was praised for this solution.
I have to report the loss of my Pac with a heavy heart
Miken, Frog Man
This happened shortly after the name "her" was changed to Michelin because "she" began to rattle. Only male Pac-The frog is calling.
Since how he died, I would like to add this note-
I hope this can easily happen to any of you.
This was caused by a feeding error.
Michelin is a fat and happy frog with a big appetite.
He is getting bigger and we suggest that he try to feed him cat worms.
Mealworms is a large black beetle larvae with a very hard shell with horns on the lower jaw.
Normally you don't have to worry about this, but Michelin lives in a big tank of 75 gallons, so a couple of me worms he didn't eat for dinner managed to escape --
And grow into these big black beetles.
Like I said, Pac.
Human frogs are greedy diners and there is no problem with almost anything, however, these beetles will not fall without fighting.
They will bite in the frog's stomach, and they will continue to bite.
We believe this is what happened to our Michelin, so I want to pass on his story so that others can avoid it later. RIP Michelin.
He is only three years old.