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How to Attract Bats for Better Insect Control

Building a Bat House to Attract Bats for Better Insect Control

Off Grid Living - How to Build a Bat House to Attract Bats in Order to Control Bugs and Insects

How to Build a Bat House to Attract Bats in Order to Control Bugs and Insects

How to Attract Bats for Better Insect Control

Most North American bats eat insects and can gobble up over 1,000 mosquitoes per hour. That means an ordinary colony of 75 bats can devour up to 75,000 insects in just 60 minutes — talk about pest control!

Like all creatures, bats seek food, water, and shelter.

If you don’t have a natural water source nearby, install a birdbath or fountain to attract more bats to your backyard.

Plant fragrant flowers, herbs, and night-blooming plants, which will attract nocturnal insects, which, in turn, lure bats.

Off Grid Living - Benefits of Bats - Building Bat Houses to Attract Bats to Control Insects

Off Grid Living – Benefits of Bats – Building Bat Houses to Attract Bats to Control Insects

Build a bat house that is at least 15-ft high and placed in a sunny area.

Read more:
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/a20706363/how-to-attract-bats/

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How to Raise Crickets for Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles for Off the Grid Farms

Off Grid Living:  How to Raise Crickets for
Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles

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Off Grid Living - How to Raise Crickets for Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles

Off Grid Living – How to Raise Crickets for Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles

Raising Crickets for Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles

New Mexico – Breeding crickets is surprisingly easy and a great way to have different sizes on hand for feeding an array of animals. In this blog, we’ll run down the supplies needed and the techniques we use to breed and raise crickets.

How to Get a Cricket Farm Started

First, you’ll need to order in some crickets – you’ll want to order 3/4”, as most adult crickets have already been bred before they are shipped out. This base of crickets will set you up for success and get the life cycle moving quickly.

How to Build Houses for Crickets

Your crickets housing is up to you. Some have great success with 10 and 20-gallon tanks, and others prefer plastic tote bins. Whatever you use is up to you, just make sure the sides are high enough crickets can’t jump out, or provide a well-ventilated top.

Set up the 3/4” crickets as you would any other crickets – egg crate for climbing and hiding, then a food and water source. Josh’s Frogs cricket food and Insect watering gel is the easiest way to go as these items wont spoil like fresh vegetables will.

You’ll want to maintain crickets at a temperature of 85-89 degrees Fahrenheit with low humidity. This can easily be achieved with a low-watt light suspended above your cricket housing.

How to Know If Crickets Are Laying Eggs

After crickets are mature, in generally 1-2 weeks, you’ll hear plenty of chirping. This is an indication your crickets are ready to breed and it’s time to provide them with a place to lay their eggs.

At Josh’s Frogs, we use sandwich containers containing 2 ½ cups of vermiculite and ¾ cups water. Any shallow container will work, so long as it can hold the vermiculite and water. Using a container that you can pop a top onto is ideal.

Place the egg laying container on top of a piece of egg crate in your crickets enclosure, then use a smaller piece of egg crate to make a ramp up to to the container. Leave the container in place for a couple days to give your crickets plenty of time to lay their eggs. Then remove it for incubation.

How to Incubate Cricket Eggs

Cover half of the egg container’s top with paper towel to catch condensation, then put on the top. Incubate the egg laying bin at 89F for 8-10 days. We’ve modified freezers as incubators at Josh’s Frogs, or you can purchase an Exo-Terra Incubator for easy use.

What to Do When Baby Crickets Are Hatched

After the pinhead crickets hatch, place the bin in a container the pinheads cannot escape from and provide them with a bit of egg crate to act as a ramp.

You can feed out the pinheads to your animals, or raise them up to a larger size before feeding. Younger crickets require a higher level of humidity than older crickets.

Source: http://www.joshsfrogs.com/catalog/blog/2015/03/how-to-breed-crickets/

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How to Raise Black Soldier Flies for Off-Grid Chicken and Fish Feed

How to Raise Black Soldier Flies for Chicken and Fish Feed

Intensive Black Soldier Fly Farming to Grow Free Food for Chicken, Fish and Pigs

Black soldier fly is native to the most area in the United States, but the density of the population might vary across states.

If you don’t see them frequently in your area, it means you don’t have millions of them around, and you will find it hard to attract fertilized females to lay eggs in your nursery.
In this situation, a fly cage is highly recommended. In the picture below, there are two types of cages. One is made from PVC pipes (48*25*20 inch) and covered with baby insect proof net.

The size of this type is limited by the size of available netting. In the middle is a wood framed cage (48*48*48 inch), and it’s covered by common screen mesh. Either one works pretty well.

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Off Grid Living - How to Grow Your Own Fresh Chicken Feed for Free

How to Grow Your Own Fresh Chicken Feed for Free!

Off Grid Living: How to Grow Your Own Fresh Chicken Feed for Free!

These eight herbs and plants for your backyard chickens are easy enough to grow for the beginning gardener and are old favorites for the experienced gardener.

From tasty and nutritious homegrown sunflower seeds and pumpkins to sweetly-scented mint and lemon balm, we’ve got some great ideas grow your own healthy treats. You and your backyard chickens can enjoy the health benefits of freshly grown produce on a regular basis straight from your own garden.