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Howdy from Marlon from Colorado
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Author:  marwood0 [ Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Howdy from Marlon from Colorado

Hello from Lakewood, Colorado! :D Great forum here, a lot of fascinating info from you guys. My BSF are supposed to arrive tomorrow (from Florida). I'm an electrical engineer and raise giant rabbits as a hobby. I'm keen on composting and currently keep dubia roaches and red wigglers indoors, and a wide array of various bugs outside in my compost bin. The kids and I have a bearded dragon and several clawed frogs and various fish that would appreciate a variety of live food over the long winters here.

I'm planning to try an indoor BSF colony for the winter, with a rearing bin and a separate mating suite which is actually a humidity tent for a tropical tree I have in a west facing window. My wife HATES :evil: flies so I hope I don't get any escapes :!: :!:

Author:  BorealWormer [ Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Howdy from Marlon from Colorado

Welcome to our community. Looking forward to hearing how your indoor BSF colony progresses. Your experience with rearing other insects should be a big help.

The adult flies are pretty docile and escapees usually end up perched on the nearest sunny window. There will always be a few larvae that wander too. It's usually the prepupal larvae which have stopped eating that go looking for a way out. You'll probably want to look at a barrier of some sort. Jerry lines the top interior circumference with the rough (not the fuzzy) strip of two-part Velcro (link) and there are also the mechanical barriers used by PeteB (link) and (link). I experimented with an electric 'fence' (link) but I don't think as practical as the others.,

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