kittynip70 asked:

For the newbies.. Explain the purpose behind gut loaded cricket's and the benefit it provides to the animal(s) that are consuming the gut loaded cricket's

Alright! The basics:

Gut loading (filling feeders with nutrients that your animal requires):

First of all, let’s paint a picture here:

If you buy some crickets from your local feeder store (or online) come home, put them in a bin without food or water you’re basically starving your feeders. 

When you take those feeders out of the bin and serve them to your animals, you’re basically feeding them an empty shell that is very high is phosphorus (bad) and very low in calcium (bad). You’re pretty much feeding your animals a filler food that isn’t going to give them anything beneficial besides the satisfaction of a full belly. 

Gut loading, which is the process of feeding your feeders a nutritious diet composed of a variety of healthy food ( such as fruits and veggies) is very beneficial for not just feeding your feeders but in the long term; providing a more nutritious meal for your reptile.  By feeding your crickets or other insects a healthy diet this prolongs their lives (yay you don’t have to run to the store every few days AND if you feed fruits and veggies you do not need to give crickets water, they will get enough from the food provided.) and adds several more vitamins and nutrients into their bland composure that is overall… pretty unhealthy.

For example, take an empty cup. Now drink what’s in the cup. Does this cup currently provide the vitamins and other nutrients that you require? —No.

Now, take the same cup and add a bunch of vitamins and nutrients into that cup. Take a drink. Isn’t that better? —Yes, much better.

In simple terms, that’s what gut loading is.

If you want a healthy reptile, you need healthy feeders. 

(Above is a sheet I keep in my reptile binder)

Dusting or powdering:

This is when you take your feeder insect (a cricket for example) and you cover it with a vitamin dust just before you feed it to your animal. This is also extremely important because this dust also helps with providing the correct diet for your reptile, amphibian, etc. 

Depending on what species is in question, you may only require one type of dust or several that will need to be rotated.

It’s very important that you do your research on the dietary requirements that your animal will need before you purchase the animal. 

Picture source for above

Overall, both gut loading and dusting your feeders is extremely important and should be done. Providing these nutrients will not only prolong the health of your feeders and reptiles but raise their quality of life and help to fulfil their dietary requirements. 

As always, please do full research before you ever purchase an animal.

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selana1505 asked:

First of all, your blog has really helped me. I suffer from depression, so sometimes things just pile up. The 20/10s are perfect for me, and they even work for my 9 year old son. He was amazed how much he can do in his room in just 20 minutes. But now to my question: I am about to tackle some long neglected corners of my house, of course there's a lot of dust in there. I am allergic to dust. Any advice on how to make cleaning this easier on me? I can't do more than one 20/10, then allergy starts

Oh, fellow allergy sufferer, I feel you. Generally, if I’m dealing with dust, I take my allergy medicine about 20-30 minutes before I start. I use a vacuum to get up as many of the bigger dust bunnies as possible, and a damp or electrostatic (Swiffer-type or microfiber) cloth for everything else so that as little dust as possible escapes. There’s also no shame in wearing a dust mask, and it can help a LOT. If it’s not freezing where you are, open a window.

Once you’ve tackled the really dusty parts, keep in mind that more frequent dusting will lead to less overall dust, and will be much, much easier on your allergies.


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dilettante-cachee asked:

I need some help! I make sure to clean my room at uni regularly, but I live in a very, very old building and dust just gets -everywhere- (except inside boxes, cabinets etc). Even if I've carefully cleaned every corner and area of my room, two days later I can -see- the dust on any flat or even slightly flat surface. It's gross, and it makes me sneeze a lot. I love my dormmates so I don't want to move, but it's really grossing me out to see dust on my sheets two days after washing them. Help?!

Unfortunately, aside from using an air filtration system/air purifier (and even the effectiveness of those is pretty widely debated), preventing dust is pretty much an uphill battle, so the best you can do is help to control it.

Keeping your windows closed is a big step, as is being vigilant with your dusting. Using a microfiber or electrostatic cloth will help, as will using a damp cloth. Using fabric softener on your sheets will help a little, but not too much. Use your vacuum, as long as it’s effective and doesn’t just spit the dust particles back out in the air. Basically hypervigilance with dusting is going to be the only surefire solution, which is probably not the answer you were looking for. Oh, and take your allergy meds, if you have any. I usually take mine about a half hour before I start cleaning so the dust doesn’t affect me as much.

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