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Mites in seeds

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 14:30

I opened a kilner jar with seeds stored inside for several months and I had a heavy infestation of these tiny creatures. I think they are booklice but I don't really know for sure. I have had this problem before, I stored the seed packets in a plastic container which I thought was secure but these creatures got inside and they were all over the container. I decided to check all the packets of seed and emptied them out spending a lot of time squashing any lice that I could see. I have been doing this for a few years now, I have used a magnifying glass as they are really tiny to see when they are young, some are clear in colour and the larger creatures seem to be brown. I have thrown away the seeds that were in the small paper bags I made by stapling together but the seeds that are in the packaged paper as sold are now in the freezer in a freezer bag. I shall leave them there for a few days and if I still find any alive I shall throw the lot in an external bin.

I would love to know what they are, why I get them and even better still how to kill them and protect my seeds 100 percent during storage.

Does anyone else have these problems and how have they dealt with them?

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