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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 25 Dec 2011 01:39


Yeah, I know it's a silly question, but I was wondering if there was any uses for feeder bug frass?

I was cleaning out my worm bins today, and I was wondering if you can use the frass from other bugs for fertilizers? I know that the castings from worms make great natural fertilizers, and I think cricket frass can be used as well.
I was just wondering about other feeders, like roaches, mealworms, superworms, etc...

-Sandy

Nora
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2011 07:01


I don't know of any recent studies but both roach and lady beetle type frass and exoskelleton remenants are big time asthma triggers and sensitizers. In rural farmlland with large importation of ladybeetles as non chemical insect control there were huge spikes in asthma -we actually use to have to close the windows to keep those nasties out - household roach frass is considered a huge health hazard and I actually think I've read warning related to cricket frass as well but that one I'm not sure on.....

I suppose this is one of those balance sort of things but for my money I'd stick with the worm casings - proven beneficial vs potentially harmful....

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 29 Dec 2011 03:23


I was watching that "Dirty Jobs" show a while back, and they did an episode on Ghanns Cricket Farm, did you see it? If not, it's on their website:
Ghanns Cricket Farm, Dirty Jobs Link

They were selling the cricket frass (and corpses - I think?) as fertilizer:
Ghanns Cricket Poo
Ghanns Cricket Poo FAQ

I remember someone else on here telling me that you can set up a dry composting worm bin for Superworms, and they make good fertilizer too.

Well, I just think it's a waste to throw out if it can be sprinkled on the lawn or somewhere. I don't mean that little bit that you get from a dozen worms, but when I can fill up a pail full of the stuff when I clean my all my bins out, I think it would be a good idea to do something with it if I can.

Nora
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2012 06:04


Hey Sandy Bear - it sounds like you may have far more current info on it than I do.


Worse case I suppose you could wetten it or mulch over - or even better till it in.

Only other just in case is accidental out of dinbreeding if fthat is an issue 4 you.


Would love updatess on how it goes!!!

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2012 20:35


Well, I don't currently have a yard as we live in an apparent, and I don't want to dump the frass on grass that isn't mine. My mom likes when I bring her worm castings, but I'm not sure how she'd feel over frass from other types of bugs. I don't think I would be allowed to put any in the back yard, as one of her dogs has allergies already, so I wouldn't want to make anything worse for him.

This will be a project for this summer or next. We'll be moving after the BF is done school, which should be this spring if all goes well. Last semester....Fingers Crossed!

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 9 Jan 2012 18:45


Nora, I've been doing some research on roaches lately, and one of the websites that I was reading said that you can use the Roach Frass as fertilizer as well.

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