How to Raise Black Soldier Flies
This Hub is pretty much a teaser for my upcoming E-book. It does contain enough information on raising black soldier fly larvae to get you started though!
I really love these guys and treat them like the rest of my livestock. They get good care and healthy growing conditions. They are being used in my permaculture farm and we cannot be happier with the results!
When my E-book hits the Internet, it will contain A LOT of detailed information on raising not only black soldier flies, but red wigglers and many more wonderful permaculture types of animals and plants.
I fully believe this is the way God intended people to live and garden. Taking care of your land is a great tribute to not only your fellow man, but God as well!
This is not a complete breeding article. This setup will keep your soldier flies alive and healthy but harvesting will be tricky. I can't give it all away for free, can I?
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Things You Will Need:
- Black Soldier Fly Larvae
- Rubbermaid Tub
- Garden Scraps
- Household Food Leftovers
Drill several small holes in the bottom of your soldier fly bin. This is keep the bin from filling up with lechate (liquid wastes). If you don't have a way to add drainage, simply tip the container periodically to remove most of the lechate.
Add a few inches of organic bedding such as shredded paper, moss or even small stones or sand.
Add food wastes to the bin. Since you are adding the soldier flies at the start, you do not have to have really stinky food. Use less stinky items until the bin is actually writhing with soldier fly larvae. Soldiers prefer moist foods so make sure you dampen dried foods for them. If the container is wet enough, they should do fine with drier fare.
Place as many black soldier fly larvae as you can afford in the container. The more soldier grubs to start out with, the less pest flies will come.
Add a dry layer of straw, grass clippings or hay to the top of the food/larvae. This will keep the smell down and give the flies a place to lay eggs. The larvae also like to rest here and will even pupate.
Drill a couple of holes in the lid to allow adult black soldier flies to enter and exit the unit.
Add a ramp to the bin so maturing larvae can escape. The ramp can be a piece of wood, plastic or even a PVC pipe aimed at about a 35 degree angle out of the bin. I use a pipe that has an elbow connector that drops the larvae into a collection bucket.
To be totally honest, there will be enough moisture on the sides of the bin that larvae can easily climb up and out of the container.
Now, place your soldier fly container on top of a bed of red wigglers. They red wigglers will adore the lechate and reproduce like MAD beneath the container! Mine travels quite a distance to set up residence beneath one of my soldier fly bins. They are fat and happy, too.
Pest Fly Trick
In the event that your tub becomes infested with carrion beetles or pest flies, do what I do. I fill the container with water for several minutes. Everything drowns except the soldier flies. I then drain the liquid out and the soldiers eat the dead pest insects.
My containers have only small holes that clog up most of the time so they hold water.