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Two Fly Feeders: Bottle Flies & House Flies
Are your pets tired of the same old feeder bugs? Crickets not hitting the spot, or roaches just not satiating your critter’s hunger? Well, has Josh’s Frogs got the perfect new feeder bugs for you! Bottle Flies and House Flies make a great feeder snack for a wide variety of small lizards, tree frogs, toads, and inverts, as well as smaller to medium sized geckos and other insectivores. These flies are shipped as larvae/spikes (Bottle Flies) or pupae (House Flies) and are stored in the fridge. Just pull them out and allow them to hatch out into flies at room temperature (generally 3 to 7 days). Bottle fly spikes can also be offered to your pets in a dish or at the end of tongs.Bottle Fly Spikes are about 1/4″-1/2″ in length when sold. Adult Bottle Flies measure about .4-.6 inches, while Adult House Flies are a bit smaller at .3-.4 inches. Bottle Fly Spikes are great options for reptiles such as leopard geckos, crested geckos, fat tailed geckos, bearded dragons, chameleons and many other reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and invertebrates. Wild birds love Bottle Fly Spikes! Why they may work for you: If you are looking for a quality, low fat source of protein and calcium for your pet Bottle Flies or House Flies are a great option for you! Both species of flies can become a regular addition to your animals diet. Calcium is an crucial component to a rounded healthy diet.
How to Feed
Bottle Fly Spikes can be fed using a Feeding dish or feeding tongs. Offer as many Bottle Fly Spikes as your pet can consume in 5 minutes. Any escapee Bottle Fly Spikes may burrow into the substrate and pupate. Bottle Fly Spikes and House Fly pupae can also be pupated and allowed to become adult flies. To pupate Bottle Fly Spikes, leave the larvae in a larger container at room temperature for a few days. The Bottle Fly Spikes will turn into small dark brown pill looking pupae. Alternatively, simply take House Fly pupae out of the fridge. Both pupae should hatch in 3-7 days. Adult Bottle Flies and House Flies can be given to chameleons, tree frogs, anoles, and other exotic pets as enrichment – a mentally stimulating addition to a nutritious diet! Place the adult Bottle Flies in the fridge for several minutes to slow them down, making moving them into your pet’s enclosure much easier! To help keep the flies in one place (and gutload them), you can place a small cup of Josh’s Frogs Fly Feast in the enclosure. Josh's Frogs Fly Feast Attractant and Gutload (1.5 oz) is an all natural and tasty way to attract fruit flies, house flies, and bottle flies in for a meal. They get to eat a tasty treat, and your critter gets to eat them!
How to Store
Bottle Fly Spikes and House Fly Pupae should be kept in the fridge at temperatures between 35°F and 43°F. Keep both species of flies stored on the damp sawdust they’re packaged in for a longer shelf life. Ready to offer Bottle Flies or House Flies to your pets? We offer Blue Bottle Fly Spikes in 50ct, 200ct, 500ct, and 1000ct quantities. We also offer House Fly Pupae in 50ct, 250ct, and 1000ct containers. Not sold on flies, but still need to feed your critters? We carry a huge variety of feeder insects, shipped right to your door for an everyday low price!
Adult House Flies are a bit smaller than their counterpart, measuring about .3-.4 inches. Just like Blue Bottle Fly Spikes, the hatches adult House Flies make for great flying pray and will be enjoyed by animals looking for a hunt.Adult House Flies can be given to chameleons, tree frogs, anoles, and other exotic pets as enrichment – a mentally stimulating addition to a nutritious diet!
How to Feed
Simply take House Fly pupae out of the fridge. Pupae should hatch in 3-7 days. Release the flies into an enclosure and close it off quickly. You can also place the pupae into the enclosures substrate and wait for the flies to hatch out. This reduces the chance of flies getting into your house during transport.