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Wood Sanitation

Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by billrogers, Dec 30, 2015.

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  1. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    I found a some neat wood I would like to use for my hissers. how long and at what temp do I need to bake it? Also, my mom wants me to wrap in tin foil before putting in in the oven lol :D. That won't be a problem, right?
     
  2. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Foil Shouldn't be an issue. I bake wood 150 for a couple hours.
     
  3. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    Wood Sanitation | Herp Center

    Don't smother it in foil, just lay a piece down. You only have to worry about the ends dripping sap if you use maple or another very sappy wood.
     
  4. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    My bad, don't listen to me. Ment 250 for a few hours haha. But yeah the link Qwerty provided is what you should use.
     
  5. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Thanks for the replies! I don't think it will drip any sap, it's really old wood. I poked around the site a bit but missed that article somehow :)
     
  6. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    A couple more questions: It has been raining here a ton so it's wet, is that an issue? Will it make the house smell bad?
     
  7. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    It'll smell a bit, yeah.
     
  8. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Well-Known Member

    We've cooked wood before and it does smell very strong, especially when wet. Wood is really awesome for reptiles, and when it gets soiled I just replace it with new instead of trying to wash it (that would make the wood even more wet and smelly!)
    It helps that we chop our own firewood so we get lots of cool shapes and sizes.
     
  9. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Thanks for the help! I cooked it today at 250º for 2 1/2 hours. It didn't smell too bad :D Here's what it looks like in the cage. (I know the sponge with them isn't the best but its all I've got at the moment) IMG_8231.JPG
     
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  10. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Looks nice! I wish I could find wood like that haha.
     
  11. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Thanks!
     
  12. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    If I added live plants would they eat them? They like lettuce.
     
  13. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    I would think so if they eat lettuce. Not 100% sure though
     
  14. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    I think I'll try to get some moss going instead. I read one way is to blend up moss with milk and spread on the surface where you want it to grow. That shouldn't hurt the roaches, right?

    I also want to add leaf litter, can I sanitize it the same way as the wood?
     
  15. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Moss shouldn't hurt the roaches no. Yeah you can sanitize leaf litter the same way :)
     
  16. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Sorry, I meant the milk the moss gets blended with.
    Do I have to do it at a lower temp so the leaves don't catch on fire?
     
  17. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Ah lol.

    I don't think milk would?

    For the leaves I would probably do it for 2 - 3 hours at 175f
     
  18. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    I did some research and decided it would be best to microwave the leaves.

    The leaves are mostly willow oak with a couple other oak leaves and a few sweetgum leaves.

    I still like the idea of live plants though. Any suggestions for what types might look nice?

    I also switched out the sponges for cotton balls temporarily. IMG_8237.JPG
     
  19. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Looks really great :)

    For plants maybe a pothos or fern? Heres a pic where I have both (Fern on the left pothos on the right)

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    A fern i think would look quite nice in yours!
     
  20. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    That looks great! Who is the inhabitant?

    I also like the idea of a fern. And maybe I can get some moss to grow on the wood. I think that would look nice; especially when the leaves start to decompose a bit and look a little more like outside.

    Would it be best to buy a fern or to find one outside? I guess one from outside might have pests... but one from a nursery may have fertilizers/pesticides.
     
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