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What to do with excess fruit flies? I was gonna take them, drown them, and use them as fertilizers for plants going thru quarantine
 

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If you're looking to kill them, tossing them in the freezer will be much easier than attempting to drown them.

I'm not sure what benefits ff's would offer as fertilizer, however.
 

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if you are just trying to get rid of them maybe see if there's any herpers in your area that you could give them too?
This is a wonderful approach to the hobby. People are in constant need of flies, and if things crash(mites, etc) you could be of service. Who knows, you may make a friend and be able to work together with your frog stock(mutually). I am a firm believer in helping fellow hobbiests( http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/groups/traders-barterers.html ).

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sorry, i don't really go up north that much
 

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I find that my extra fruit flies make great springtail food :) In really moist conditions the ff tend to die off quickly, so adding a couple dozen of them to each of my many springtail cultures keeps the cost of feeding them down too.
 

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I have been experimenting with my heidi in the fridge lately. I have ben able to keep them in the fridge for a week or more w no adverse affects. Sometimes my heidi produce way more than I can use, so I put the extras in a culture cup w excelsior in the fridge. It keeps them alive, but slows them so much that they don't gas themselves. I have even started new cultures with heidi that have been in the fridge for almost a week and didn't notice any difference in production. I have put producing cultures in the fridge (just to see what happens), and the maggots don't seem to make it much more than a week.
I have put about an inch of flies in a cup in the fridge, and didn't have the best #'s survive, but when I added excelsior, they did much better because they aren't smothering themselves.
I was just wasting flies before, so I figured why not try something, they were going down the toilet anyways?
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I keep houseflies in the fridge to extend their lifespan and keep them sedated till I can use them. Im sure it works as well for hydei. Over production sucks. Get yourself a few dozen baby mantis! Youll never have too many hydei again!! I never thought they'd eat so damn much
 
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