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Old 10-21-2010, 01:46 AM   #1
 
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I have been noticing a large amount of earwigs around my house lately. My question is: Could I feed them to my fish and are they safe for fish to eat? I don't want to feed my fish anything that might hurt them, but I though this would be a good way to dispose of these earwigs that I hate seeing around my house. Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:34 AM   #2
 
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As you do not know what they were exposed to it is not a good idea to feed them to the fish.
With all the stuff dumped on trees, grass, air, etc(all kinds of insecticides and all that chemical crap) they might be contaminated with toxins. In time they might become used to those toxins but your fish are not.
Best to stick to safe food that way you are sure your fish will be ok.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:15 PM   #3
 
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Yeah your probably right. I just thought I could kill 2 birds with one stone. Feed my fish and get rid of pests at the same time. But I think you might have a point about what the insects eat might not be good for the fish. I just thought that we use grasshoppers and such for fish bait when we go fishing that it might be safe to feed my fish the same sort of thing.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:28 PM   #4
 
If the earwigs are still alive are rather doubt they have been exposed to anything. My fish love mosquito larva and I found they are commonly fed.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:32 PM   #5
 
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If the earwigs are still alive are rather doubt they have been exposed to anything. My fish love mosquito larva and I found they are commonly fed.
They can be exposed to chemicals that they became immune to. Bugs tend to be very hardy creatures.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:25 PM   #6
 
Their life cycle is only a year so unless you have been spraying I think the problem would be minimal. The real thing I can see is aren't they too big for your fish to eat? A couple times I have found various insects in my tanks and although the fish attack, they are too big for the fish to eat.
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Old 10-23-2010, 07:41 PM   #7
 
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I hate to play scientist but I guess I could try feeding one to them and see if they eat it and watch for any changes to the fish. Has anyone fed any other insects to their fish that they might like or be ok with?
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:34 PM   #8
 
Maybe you will just have to play scientist! It just might be better than everything you read - at least sometimes Hopefully fish won't eat something they aren't suppose to eat, but most insects are fair game so to speak. You didn't say what kind of fish you have. I have had a fly fall in and the betta could just pick at it and not eat it. but they gobbled up those mosquito larva like they were going out of style. Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for us) I couldn't find that many this summer. Good luck!
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:38 AM   #9
 
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I have a couple of Mollies and a Platy, and a couple of Guppies. I might throw a bug in and see if they pick at it, if not then they might not want that sort of thing. Trial and error I guess.
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