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Fruit Flies And Dermestid Beetles

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by DanielaClawson, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. DanielaClawson

    DanielaClawson New Member

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    Hello friends! This is my very first question about keeping dermestid beetles. So I got my beauties today and set them up according to the care sheet that came with them. I saw the message about not letting them come in contact with FLIES, but I live in florida and we definitely have a lot of fruit flies (the pesky little gnat things).
    Should I be worried about those? I cant find a screen mesh fine enough to keep THOSE out.
    Also, any tips on keeping the little guys happy would help :)
     
  2. Don't feed them any more than they can eat in one day try to keep two separate colonies so if you get maggots in one you can starve them out
     

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  4. BC Boy68

    BC Boy68 New Member

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    Hello Daniela. I also am a new member and have been reading new, as well as all the older posts on keeping Beetles. I would be very interested in how you are making out with yours over the next couple of weeks. Have you tried doubling or tripling up on your mesh?. I have read that a lot of people do that. I have not purchased mine yet but was wondering where you got yours.? Also to all the advanced bug keepers out there, any suggestions on who
    has reputable beetles for sale? I don’t want them to be infested before they get here. Also, is there anyone on the thread that uses beetles for doing Moose? Or larger game such as Caribou? I am trying to figure out how to build an enclosure that would fit these heads, as a large chest freezer will not do the job. I was thinking of building a box large enough for a moose head, and lining it with sheet metal. Has anyone heard of this method? I was just trying to think of how I could keep them from climbing out. Any ideas would be great!
     
  5. 13 point

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    The guy that does my stuff lives just down the rd from me so I deliver and pk my stuff up , that being said he had a 10’ x 16’ room , inside his pole building. In that room he has 2 - 4x4 by 2 1/2 high boxes the box’s are fiberglassed sealed kinda thing , but no tops . He does everything moose , elk , buffalo, and longhorns , remember any horned animal you must take horns off before you bug them . I know a couple things that will help , cover skulls with paper towel, keep room dark and humid , remember it’s the larvae that eats not the beetle . You can put pcs of cardboard in to feed them if you don’t have any skulls to work on . As stated above have 2 separate colonies so if one gets maggots or lice you can kill that one off and still have one going and can start your second colony back up . Hand a lot of those fly catching sticky strips to help with the fly issues, beetles can and do fly but usually don’t leave the colony. Hope that helps some .
     
  6. BC Boy68

    BC Boy68 New Member

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    Thank you for the info 13... yes, it totally makes sense to have two colonies going at all times. I did not though realize that they would eat cardboard! Although it probably couldn’t sustain them for very long? Another thing I didn’t realize though, was what you mentioned about keeping enclosure humid?? I thought I had read many times that humidity wasn’t good for the beetles.. I could be wrong, but want to make sure I get it right..lol
    The guy you get your skulls done at, he must have a lot of Beatles that escape? I guess if they’re not flying, they probably don’t climb up the fiberglass very well. Thank you so much for your input, everyone on these forums is in general, a wealth of information for us Newbies...
     
  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I will ask him if I can give his number to you and maybe he can help you out more over the phone
     
  8. BC Boy68

    BC Boy68 New Member

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    Cheers....
     
  9. Ive had a colony for many yrs , when i get a fly infeststation i simply put fly paper all over my beetle cage , it gets rid of them in a few days and any maggots that hatch out end up on the paper as well, i hang it throuout the cage as low to the ground as possible without letting it touch the ground, hope this helps