What does it matter if I overfeed? Overfeeding is bad news waiting to happen!! This is extremely important to avoid other pests becoming established (see previous point) or the outbreak of disease. Yes - the BSF are susceptible to certain microbes. While they haven't been identified yet (some speculate bacteria- others think fungi), the pathogen often occurs in over fed larvae. Infected larvae swell up like balloons and die. They also exhibit a behavior of aggregating at the top of the waste but not feeding. Now- this is very important, the pathogen, whatever it is, is highly transferrable. If you have multiple bins- DO NOT touch an infected bin and then touch an uninfected bin. You run the risk of transferring the infection. Also, if you have an infected bin- you will want to empty it quickly and sterilize/clean as best you can. Using a 10% bleach solution and allowing to air dry in direct sunlight will help. The issue is if your bin is made of wood which might be more challenging to clean.
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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