just picked a sand pit table thingy today, its got a lid but ive heard you can still get creepy crawly nasties in them...any tips on how to get them to stay away as i'm not too keen on them i must say...
I've never found creepy crawlies in ours, we've had the same sand table for 4 years with no problems. Each year I do change the sand completely, just once per year, as it can get a bit manky, it's good to spread it on the garden, helps with drainage so it's not like a waste. I suggest just keep the lid on when it's not in use. By manky sand I just mean that the kids sometimes mix in soil and gravel and water, then drive toy cars and diggers round it so after a while it's not pristine any more.
also - I think as you bought a table that will help, ours is a table, by having it off the ground that must help minimise the creepy crawlies. Just remembered our lid came apart after the first year, since then we've just put a heavy flat piece of wood over it which does OK. Still no beasties in ours.
My sand always seems to be hopping with little bugs, snails and spiders - I even found a poor dessicated newt last year. I tend to replace the sand once a year, but use it in the garden rather than throw it away. Don't suppose the insects do any harm though, but I'm a bit wary of the kind of bacteria you might find in stagnant water, anaerobic conditions and with some organic matter. Simply put - it looks a bit too manky.
Beamur that's what I was worried about!! Ours is a table which apparently is better.whT do u mean about stagnant water? I put the water in fresh on that side of the table and empty and clean in after...agree it would be a health hazard otherwise!!