I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

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I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

Postby Karebearfreezepop0 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:02 pm

I have about 600 black fly larvae in a Dmall plastic bin with organic soil and I had some veggies in there for them to
Munch. Well my boyfriend put a banana in there for them to eat and now it’s so gross, smells awful and there is fruit flies everywhere plus my dragon is eating these larvae that have been eating the bananas, is this bad? If so, how do I clean this up without losing all my larva? It’s so awful, is it healthy for my dragon to be eating these bugs that have been feeding on banana? Thanks!
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Re: I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:32 am

The banana shouldn't cause harm but the fruit flies are annoying. I've had the best luck trapping them by putting some apple cider vinegar in a mason jar and setting up a paper cone in the top. It takes a while to get them all though. If you need to replace the rotting food, try filling the container with warm water and then strain the larvae off the top of the water and put them in a fresh bin.
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Re: I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

Postby Karebearfreezepop0 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:45 am

Ok cool thank you. So if I put warm water in they will float to the top? Awesome
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Re: I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

Postby claudiusx » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:06 am

Karebearfreezepop0 wrote:Ok cool thank you. So if I put warm water in they will float to the top? Awesome

Yup! :)
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Re: I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

Postby Karebearfreezepop0 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:24 pm

It seems the banana is now gone, so it seems ok now. I might just add more compost and good for them. I’ve been using organic compost top soil and everything seemed fine, is that a good idea? Thanks
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Re: I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

Postby CooperDragon » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:12 pm

Sure, as long as it isn't getting moldy or rotten.
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Re: I put bananas in with my black fly larva... good or bad?

Postby Karebearfreezepop0 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:13 am

Ok good, thank you! Just wanna make sure I’m doing this right! I’ve had some hatch into flies, so
I’m assuming I was doing it right but wanted
To also make sure it’s healthy for the dragon too! Thanks again!
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