Where do I place the feed? Where you place the feed in your bin will greatly impact turnover of the waste and BSF larval production. You definitely do not want to place a heaping mound of waste in the center of your bin. Doing so will result in the waste rotting before the BSF larvae can access it. Also- you run the risk of other flies (e.g., house flies, blow flies) colonizing the waste resulting in a issue for you, your pets as well as your neighbors. So, to avoid this issue, try to apply a thin layer of waste (2-4 inches) deep on top of the compost containing the larvae. Don't worry, the larvae will find it and digest it. If you see waste still on the surface... well- that's another issue (see subsequent post).
I hope this information helps you be successful- but please let me know if there are specific topics you would like covered. We are here to help.
Until my next post- best of luck and happy black soldier fly farming!!
Jeff Tomberlin, PhD, BSF ecologist
Individuals with over 25 years research experience with the black soldier fly. We are passionate about the science behind the black soldier fly and its ability to convert waste to protein.
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