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post #1 of 18 Old 07-21-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Grain mites?!? Eeekkk!!

So I bought a new bag of grain last night, pulled all the old grain from the bottom of the bin, and put the new stuff in and dumped the older grain ontop.

This morning my gelding (whom doesn't bat an eye at ANY source of food) kinda picked at his food, ate alittle and wandered around then ate the rest when my friend who feeds put the bucket up to his face.

I get to the barn tonight and notice that my grain has grain mites. :( they weren't all over the grain but were on the lid and infested on the feed scoop.

The took all the grain out. Threw it away and washed the grain bin,lid, feed buckets and scoop with white vinegar and water. Let it all dry and thankfully my friend had some left over grain from when she fed the same thing I did, so I used that and just put the bag back in my bin in my big storage container where all my feed is.

Now I'm currently freaking out because I read they get into everything and I have alot of supplements and meds they could get into that I'm not okay on replacing as its pretty expensive.

How bad is it to get rid of these buggers? I heard bleach does it but all I had was vinegar at the barn.

Any input greatly appericiated. *sigh* :(
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 07:54 AM
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I had never heard of them so I googled it and a lot of hits came up. If it was that sack of grain I'd be contacting the feed company.
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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I got it from tractor supply and complained to them. If it invades my meds/supplements I will be calling and all hell will break loose because I cannot afford to buy all brand new because I just bought most of it. Ugh. Never ends. Lets just hope I killed those buggers >:(
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Soo I went to tractor supply and they gave me my money back but now I cannot get rid of these bugs. Bleach does not kill them- I tried. I'm going crazy cause they keep getting into all my food/supplements and I threw out a bunch of supplements I just bought. Ugh!!
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 11:22 PM
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That really sucks! Knock on wood I've not had them, but best of luck on trying to get rid of those nasty things! Maybe ask your vet about how to get rid of them?
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-22-2013, 11:34 PM
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Are grain mites a regional thing? I've never heard of them where I am.
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Grain Mites | University of Kentucky Entomology

Says there's no chemical that gets them, but good old hot soapy water and a thorough cleaning can get rid of them.

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post #9 of 18 Old 07-23-2013, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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I've never heard of them either and I hope nobody ever has to go through what I am right now! Yup, bleach didn't kill them cause they're back and I have no idea if they're in the new grain I bought because everything just keeps becoming cross contaminated no matter how hard I clean. Is it harmful for horses to eat them? I'm not trying to feed him these buggers but at this point it's an infestation of everything and I've bought seconds of my feed and I have no clue if they've gotten into that now. :(
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post #10 of 18 Old 08-26-2013, 06:42 PM
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Mites in grain feed

I don't believe at all that in very small numbers these mites cause any harm. I'm surprised a response to this post by someone who knows, without any doubt hasn't posted. Everyone at one time or another in the warmer climates has had the issue. Either didn't know it or the numbers never became significant that it was noticeable before cooler weather or a good cleaning.

I have had experience w/ these nasty's once before and have just gotten them again this year. The first experience was a bag of feed given to me. And Now I think it came in new bags I just bought. These mites are generally found in all mixed grain feeds, but their numbers are usually very insignificant. When the right conditions exist (temp. and humidity) and feed has sat around for too long then this becomes an issue as they multiply in huge numbers. If you check online you will get the exact same read on different sites. The obvious use of the same information word for word. But itís hard to find anyone who knows without a doubt to post a factual alert. I really don't think its possible for them to carry diseases like some claim.

More than anything we are the ones that have the issue w/ the fact these bugs are swarming all inside our containers. I do think its possible when the numbers become significant they may cause allergic reactions in some horses or make existing allergies act up. A Large enough of an infestation may even become toxic. They do though break down the nutrients in the feed and likely make the feed less appealing to some horses. There should not be any reason these mites would get into your supplements unless they are some kind of grain base supplement. The sweet feeds or the ground grains seem to be the biggest problem.

You're less likely to run into this problem in the north and in drier climates. To help prevent Check bags on the outside for the greasy like dust when purchasing. When filling your bins look at the feed closely for movement of the very small white/yellowish bugs. Clean the bin out thoroughly after each bag or bags depending on your use. I only put one bag in at a time. I made a mistake of not doing so this last time w/ a new supplier.

Someone let us know if you have some real facts about any major issue w/ these mites
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