Tools Needed

Photo Item Name Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Drill bits (1/4” & 1/16”)
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Home Depot
1 $4.00 each
Drill
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Home Depot
1 $30.00
Razor Blade
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Home Depot
  • KMart
1 $6.00
PVC Cutter
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Home Depot
  • KMart
1 $13.00
Glue gun
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Home Depot
  • KMart
  • Ben Franklin
1 $30.00
Hot Glue Gun Sticks
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Home Depot
  • KMart
  • Ben Franklin
1 Packet $7.00

Materials Needed

The BSFL Nest

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
16+ gallon with cover
  • old storage bins with covers
  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Kmart
1 $10.00

Features

  • Stack and nest design maximizes storage efficiency
  • Contoured snapon lid

Recommendations

  • If you have the space, purchase at least a16-18 gallon size (or larger)
  • Use and/or purchase recycled plastic bins (http://www.globalindustrial.com)

Specifications

  • Sterilite 16+ Gallon Tote1

The BSFL Nest

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Square wood sticks
  • old scrap wood, that is non-toxic
  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Kmart
(2) -2ʻ long $8.00

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

The BSFL Nest

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Cardboard
  • old boxes, reused
  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Costco
(1) -3ʻx3ʻ $Free

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

Misc

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Plastic “For Sale” sign
  • old plastic signs
  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Kmart
4 $$4.00

Features

N/A

Recommendations

  • If you are using old documents, make sure you remove all staples and paper clips

Specifications

N/A

Misc

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Screw on PVC connector

N/A

  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
(1) - or 2 if you want to add a controlled drain system to your model $9.00

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

Misc

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
PVC elbow

N/A

  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
1 $4.00

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

Misc

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
A piece of screen
  • old piece of screen from your windows screens or screen doors
  • Home depot
  • Hardware Hawaii
1 - 6”x6” $FREE or $2.00 for a small piece

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

Misc

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Small bucket
  • old bucket
  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Kmart
1 $4.00

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

Misc

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
4-5” PVC pipe that fits your PVC elbow
  • old piece of pvc tubing
  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Kmart
1 -4-5” piece $6.00

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

Misc

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Sticky Velcro

N/A

  • Home depot
  • Walmart
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Kmart
1 roll $5.00

Features

N/A

Recommendations

This keeps your larvae in the bin

Specifications

N/A

Waste Scraps

Photo Item Name Suggested Recycled Materials Where to Purchase Quantity Price
Food scraps (meat)
  • old leavyour everyday green and brown waste (fruit peels, egg shells, coffee grinds, etc.)

N/A

N/A $0

Features

N/A

Recommendations

N/A

Specifications

N/A

Step 1.

Turn your bin over and using your razor blade, cut a 3” diameter circle in the middle.

Step 2.

Using your glue gun, hot glue the 4”x4” screen over the hole (this will allow your compost to drain, while stopping the larvae from falling out).

Step 3.

Flip your bin over, and lay your square pieces of wood horizontally across the top. Measure and cut the wood so that it hangs over about 1.5 inches on each side.

Step 4.

Glue a 3”x4” piece of cardboard on each wood piece. This is where the adult black soldier flies will lay their eggs.

Step 5.

Cut a 2” diameter hole (or the size of your pvc pipe) on the right back corner of your bin, and another 2” diameter hole on the front corner of your bin (making it diagonal to each other).

Common Questions & Answers

Do black soldier flies bite?

No. Similar to the common house fly, black soldier flies don’t sting or bite.

What’s the best way to attract black soldier flies?

Add 1-2 gallons of coffee grounds to your compost (they love it). Make sure the grounds stay moist. Mix it in with your fruit and vegetable waste.

Is it okay to feed the larvae to my livestock?

Yes. Black soldier fly larvae contain up to 42% protein and 35% fat. Chickens particularly enjoy this as food.

Is it okay to mix the black soldier fly larvae with my worms - making one compost system?

No. Worms and black soldier fly larvae don’t mix. The larvae are very active and can often make the compost bin very soggy, warm and acidic. This is NOT an ideal environment for worms. Nitrogen-rich waste will typically attract the black soldier flies. Make sure that you keep your worms and black soldier flies separate.

How fast can black soldier fly larvae breakdown my waste?

Quite quickly. Black soldier fly larvae are known to digest over 3 pounds per square foot of waster per day.