BSFL Overview – the best feeder?
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January 25, 2022 at 7:18 pm #33979
Here’s why we can’t stop endorsing Black Soldier Fly Larvae
Bearded dragons, leopard geckos, and many other of these amazing reptiles are our beautiful pets. They’re curious, spunky, and mischievous. And because we love them so much, we want to make sure they have the best possible food to maximize their life span. A typical carnivorous reptile diet requires feeder insects that are high in protein (30-60%), high in fat (40-70%), a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of 2 to 1, with low carbs and indigestible fiber.
Here’s how black soldier fly larvae rank in nutritional value:
- Protein: 45%
- Fat: 36%
- Calcium-to-phosphorus: 2.6-to-1
Their protein content is perfect. Their fat content could use a slight boost, but that’s nothing a superworm can’t fix. But most importantly, their calcium-to-phosphorus ratio is perfect. Most feeders have a very poor calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. This is why your crickets, superworms, and roaches need to be dusted before feeding. But BSFL are the one feeder that do not require the calcium dust.
It might be easy to think that you don’t need to bother with the calcium in your pet’s diet. But calcium is very important, because it helps your pet absorb the vitamin D they normally get from the sunlight when living in the wild. Without the calcium, your pet could ultimately suffer from metabolic bone disease, which is a lethal defect that causes your pet’s skeletal structure to weaken over time.
Three months out of the year, every insect vendor is fighting ways to keep their feeder insects alive during winter shipping. It’s brutal, challenging, and often demoralizing. During these months, we try to push people away from crickets, and towards black soldier fly larvae. These guys can tolerate temps below 30 degrees. And it’s not unheard of them to bounce back if they’ve experienced temps below freezing. Sometimes pets will prefer crickets over anything else. But in the winter months, it’s just not always possible to deliver crickets. So black soldier fly larvae are a perfect substitute.
Amazing composting worms
Most of our visitors are looking for feeder insects for their pets. But one amazing benefit that isn’t commonly known is that black soldier fly larvae are also amazing composting worms. If you’re an avid gardener, then you’re probably aware that red worms get all the popularity for being good composting worms. But black soldier fly larvae outperform them in every category.
First, black soldier fly larvae will compost meat and dairy products. Red worms cannot break these complex proteins down, which is pretty limiting for many families trying to compost at home. With BSFL, you can add meat, dairy, salty grease, citrus, and anything else. They have a great appetite and will consume nearly every type of waste food.
Their castings are also more potent and nutrient dense, which will help yield more crops and vegetables. And these are just a few reasons why we can’t stop clammoring about the many uses of black soldier fly larvae.Login/Register To Reply