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Hello shroomery. A friend of mine recently picked over 300 liberty caps. He has laid these mushrooms out on cardboard and left them to air dry. But after 1 days worth of drying many have became infected with worms and mites. I suggested these may die off when the drying process completes.
Is there any remedy for these pests. Could they be smoked out? or suffocated?
Also I mentioned it may have been because he collected mouldy, infected mushrooms in the first place. Could this be the cause?
I find little bugs and what not all the time chowing away at the actives I pick. They die off in the dehydrator, but if you eat fresh fungi from outside, you better believe you are eating bugs. Nothing wrong with a bit of extra protein If they are super infested, you might wanna just chuck them. Also, just laying them on cardboard in a room will result in a pile of mush. You need to research proper drying techniques if you want "dry" mushrooms, not soggy and half dry.
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