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  • May 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm
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    hi guys i think your webpage is great i live in ohio on a farm and we have grain so i can actually try to attract the bsf . but i have already cheated by buying some bsf larvi from some exoticpet place online i got 100 grubs for 13 somthing they are pretty neat i have them in a small container with lid on it with holes in it i gave them a half of a bananna today and they seem to really like it . the reason i bought them is because i wasnt seeing any around here some guy in columbus ohio said he knew a guy that had them . i was thinking i could start my own colony here on my farm we have beef cows and we feed them corn grain so maybe i can try the fermented thing to try and attract some bsf . so thats about it . thats a nice biopod maybe one day i ll buy one . thanks dan luther

    • May 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm
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      Hi dan,

      I use corn because it’s convenient but I don’t want anyone to think it’s vastly different that other foods. BSF larvae will eat just about anything we eat and more. Basically; if it rots but isn’t high in cellulose like paper, stems or leaves BSF will eat it.

      If you’re in southern Ohio you have better chances of finding BSF but we do have confirmation from Indianapolis and Champaign, IL.

  • May 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm
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    hi my bsf larvi that i have bought have done a good job eating food i put in i just move them into a bigger container i put some drainage hole in bottom so if any liquid well leak out in to another container . the smell isnt too bad i have smell worst things . i might have to buy one of these biopods . thanks dan

    • May 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm
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      hi my bsf larvi that i have bought have done a good job eating food i put in i just move them into a bigger container i put some drainage hole in bottom so if any liquid well leak out in to another container . the smell isnt too bad i have smell worst things . i might have to buy one of these biopods . thanks dan

      Hi Dan,

      My concern is that you are only working with a tiny number of BSF larvae since you referred to buying them. A few thousand larvae can only process a few ounces of waste per day. A unit the size of a BioPod requires 10’s of thousands of larvae to function properly, therefore you need to attract wild BSF females to your unit for egg laying. Until you establish reproduction you will be very limited in what you can do with BSF.

  • May 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm
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    I read the articel back in the winter months, and built a bucket like the one in the article. But it is late May and I still have no larvi? What can I do to get them to come, I built it but htey have’nt come?
    signed Larviless

    • May 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm
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      Hi Eldon,

      First, how can you be sure you don’t have larvae? You can’t just glance into the composter and know that you don’t have them. Here is a quote from my recent post about attracting BSF:

      Often people are successful at inoculating their composters before they even know it. It’s important to understand that it can take 2 – 4 weeks from the time that eggs are laid until you can easily see the resulting larvae or “grubs”. Sometimes you can see clutches of eggs laid in the corners or crevices of the composter or bait container, however, often the females randomly scatter their tiny eggs on the inner and outer walls of the unit. That makes it almost impossible to see them without magnification. The newly hatched larvae are also tiny so after the bait (food scrap) has been out for several days they could be present without being obvious. For that reason it’s usually not wise to throw away any existing bait and start over; you may very well be discarding recently hatched larvae

      Secondly, you need to have BSF in your area AND they need to be actively breeding to seed your unit. Reproduction began in south Georgia about six weeks ago, but a friend in the Atlanta area hasn’t seen his BSF yet this year.

      Finally, the bucket doesn’t attract BSF, it’s just a container designed to make managing a small colony easier. If you want to focus on building up a colony you may find my post about attracting BSF helpful. https://blacksoldierflyblog.com/2011/05/18/attracting-black-soldier-flies-the-basics/

      Good luck!

  • August 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm
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    Do BSF s exist in the san diego area?

  • August 22, 2011 at 10:44 am
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    Hi
    Do you have any of the commercial units, and what would shipping be to zip code 28098?
    Thanks
    Greg

    • August 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm
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      Hi Greg,

      The best thing to do for the large units is to contact ProtaCulture directly. Good luck.

      http://thebiopod.com/

  • February 21, 2012 at 11:09 am
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    Hi, I am interested in the Soldier Fly composting system but I live in Ontario, Canada. Are our temperatures too cold? Can I compost in the house?

  • February 22, 2012 at 11:57 am
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    Hi Nancy. I don’t think BSF are native to Ontario. There have been sitings reported in the Vancouver BC area but the rest of the country is to cold as is the NE US. There are small lighted indoor setups used to raise BSF as feeder insects for pets. You could try something similar.

  • May 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm
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    hi , my name is desmond, any chance i can purchase this product? im from malaysia, thank you

    • May 24, 2012 at 7:53 am
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      I’m sorry desmond, but I do not know of a BioPod seller in Malaysia.

  • May 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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    Would I be able to sustain a colony in northern Colorado (Fort Collins area)?

  • June 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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    I just purchased the biopod, had it shipped to dallas tx…how long do you think it will take to arrive?

    • June 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm
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      Hi Josh,

      Past orders have been arriving in about a week, but we can’t guarantee it.

      Thanks!

  • July 10, 2012 at 11:09 am
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    Jerry,

    I live in Michigan. I wasn’t sure how prolific BSF would be in my area, so I built a simple attractor bin using food scraps. I used a large sour cream container bungee strapped to the top of my bucket of fermenting corn. After a few weeks I had a good amount of grubs working like crazy in my sour cream container, but I never once saw a BSF. How can I be sure the grubs I saw were BSF?? Unfortunately, my test ended when the entire setup was raided and destroyed by a raccoon while I was away for a weekend. It all ended up eaten or dried out.

    Thanks, and GREAT SITE!! Side note, thought it was interesting that I came across you on a forum about ponds a few weeks ago. pondboss or something…

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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    Hi Mark,

    I hate to be negative but it’s my belief that BSF are either not found in Michigan or at best marginally present. The short summers where you live probably make normal BSF culturing impractical. If you learn that they are present please let us know because that would be great news. Sorry I couldn’t be more encouraging.

  • July 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm
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    Well, that certainly is a bit of a bummer. How do you suppose I could find out what exactly was crawling through my vegetable matter?

    • July 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm
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      Sorry about that. The simplest way to find out what they are is to observe some larvae through pupation and emergence of the adult which are easier to ID.

  • July 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm
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    Does this come with a starter pack of larvae if I live in a northern state where I can’t just attract them? Or how do I order a starter pack of larvae?

    • July 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm
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      Hi LLB,

      We don’t offer larvae and unfortunately I can’t recommend culturing BSF in an area where they aren’t present in the wild. We’ve seen evidence of BSF in central Illinois, northern Virginia, and Washington state, but these seem to represent the northernmost range and therefore the opportunity for relatively straightforward BSF culturing.

  • August 16, 2012 at 11:50 am
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    I live in Arkansas and I have the BSF, just saying. my set up was raided by raccoons too lol they must love the treat aswell. Too sad this kind of stuff doesn’t get major media attention. In a way we are blessed with social media to be able to share all this information and get new ideas of how to just be more mindful of what we consume and put out into the environment.

    Larvae are still yucky…..but if they get the job done…blessings come in all shapes and sizes :)

  • January 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    Hi Jerry,

    could you tell me, based on past experience, the range of time between collecting the casting ?
    Let’s assume a constant 5lb / food scrape under optimal conditions

    Best,
    Nic

  • January 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm
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    Hi Nic,

    There are so many variables involved that it’s impossible to predict with any accuracy. The type of waste processed, ambient temperatures, density of larvae, etc., all have an impact. In most cases I would expect the unit to be emptied at the end of the warm season, assuming that you aren’t going to overwinter the colony.

    The forum is the best place for a more detailed discussion.

    Thanks.

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