Many people find that breeding bugs at home can be an interesting and fun hobby. Some breed insects to feed to their reptiles, amphibians, fish, or birds. Although some insects are available for purchase at pet stores, breeding your own feeder insects can be more convenient and less expensive. Did you know that there is a shortage of crickets this year? By breeding your own insects, you can rest assured that your pet never runs out of food and you never run out of bait! You won’t be spending time frantically searching or digging for your pet’s food in the yard any longer. Your pets will appreciate receiving highly nutritious meals on a reliable schedule.
Obtaining a breeding kit is also a wonderful way for parents and teachers to educate children about insects. Kids love observing bugs in the classroom and doing science projects with them! Butterfly and ant farms are especially popular with children.
Insect breeding kits are readily available for purchase through insect breeders online. With the exception of mealworms, ants or crickets, which may include several hundred specimens, breeding kits will typically contain both males and females, the housing for the insects, special egg hatching containers, accessories, and step-by-step instructions. Some species of insects are even mated before they are shipped to help ensure their success. Additional supplies such as bedding or any special food an insect requires can be obtained through your breeder as well. And if you have any problems or questions, your breeder is just a phone call away.
Breeding insects at home can be a satisfying hobby, provide your pets with delicious food, or be a delight for children. You never know! It could even turn into a small business!