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A home-made fly trap thats very effective
A home-made fly trap thats very effective

Media consistancy problems

When preparing food for the flies, it is easy to make it too hard or too soft. This is an advantage of the Sussex media mentioned in Fruit fly food which is right every time. Too wet media can be countered by inserting twisted or screwed kitchen roll or newspaper - both absorbing some moisture and creating walkways for the flies. This can be done in any case, and can increase fly yields if there is often a shortage of pupation sites.

Mold

Mold is scarcely a problem if mold inhibitors are used, but also moldy cultures are usually lightly populated. The flies (and larvae) prevent mold when present in great enough numbers. Using narrow vials with a small surface area certainly helps. When reusing old vials ensure they are cleaned efficiently - failure to do so will also increase the likelihood of mold. A soak in weak bleach can help, but make sure they are rinsed thoroughly afterwards.

Mites

Can destroy a culture. Some merely feed on the media with the flies, but some are parasitic or egg eating. Mites can be treated with Benzyl benzoate soaked bungs, but it is probably easier to discard all cultures and get clean fly stocks. Mite prevention is probably more appropriate, and flies should be housed away from possible contamination, such as in a larger closeable cabinet.

Flightless flies starting to fly

This does happen. Flies can breed with wild flies through thin vial tops (netting for example), or mix with them during handling. Where possible use foam bungs, and try to keep your flies in a closed space away from potential contamination. Once this happens, you really need to replace your stocks and start again.

Fly explosions

Yes they will get out. I use a vinegar trap; vial of vinegar with a perforated tin foil lid. The flies head straight for it.


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HEAT PACK Made to order-GOLDEN hydei 32oz Fruit Fly Culture- read description

Vienna, Georgia, 310**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10

Due to winter months and cold temps, live arrival is voided without purchase of a heat pack! please be aware of this when purchasing. Live arrival voided during extreme temps. HEAT PACK OPTION AVAILABLE IF YOUR TEMPS WILL BE HIGH
Will have excelsior for surface area
DISCLAIMER: as we enter winter temps, there is a risk that cultures will not arrive alive or producing, because of this I have included a heat pack option. I will also be shipping priority VS first class so prices have ... more

!!MELANOGASTER COMBO PACK!! - Flightless Fruit Fly Culture - LIVE FEEDER INSECT

Cleveland, Georgia, 305**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$40

??PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING??
(WHAT YOU RECEIVE)
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Name: Drosophila melanogaster (x1 CULTURE)
"Golden" Drosophila melanogaster (x1 CULTURE)
Sizes: Flies, Larva & Eggs
Count: 50+ Per Culture (will produce prolifically)
Sex: M / F
WITH EXTREME TEMPS THERE WILL ONLY BE
LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEE WHEN UPGRADE TO
EXPRESS MAIL OR IN TEMPS BETWEEN 0 - 85F
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Reptanicals Fruit Fly Feast Premium Fly Food for lasting cultures FREE SHIPPING

Clearlake Oaks, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$15

Naturally enhance colors in reptiles!
Each resealable bag contains enough food to make 5x 32oz cultures!
Reptanicals Fruit Fly Feast provides optimal nutrition for the entire fly life cycle. Not only is our food free of chemicals and artificial mold inhibitors, it contains essential vitamins and minerals along with natural plant-based color enhancers. This nutrient packed food has been specially formulated for optimal gut-loading of feeder flies for healthy, vibrant reptiles with vibrant ... more

Repashy Superfly Superfoods, Fruit Fly Culture Media Powder, 17 6oz

Phoenix, AZ, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$26

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Repashy Superfly Superfoods, Fruit Fly Culture Media Powder, 17 6oz Our Instant Formula for Drosophila Culture. This Premium Mixture is fortified with Minerals, Trace Elements, Vitamins, and Carotenoids in order to Maximize the Nutritional Value of Fruit Flies when they are Used as Feeders. Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. 15%, Crude Fat min. .2%, Crude ... more

Flightless Fruit Fly Culture - Golden Drosophila Hydei - Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!

Stockton, California, 952**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$16

Our Golden Drosophila Hydei flightless fruit fly cultures are specifically cultivated to provide a nutritious and stimulating food source for your pets! They are a great food option for reptiles, spiders, and even tropical fish, I feed these to my mourning geckos and they love them! Flightless fruit flies are an ideal addition to your pets diet, offering a natural and diverse food option that promotes health and enrichment

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