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Re: NANFA-- Re: value of bugs zapped by bug zapper as food

Hello All,

I recently heard somewhere that bug zappers have a tendency to spread
bacteria in a wide area around them.  Insects carry the bacteria which is
then launched into the air when the insect is zapped.  (Apparently this
launching of bacteria only occurs if the bacteria is on the exterior surface
of the insect.)  I would avoid placing one of these items too close to areas
where human food is consumed or prepared, or where children play.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jay DeLong <jdelong at nwifc_wa.gov>
To: 'nanfa at aquaria_net' <nanfa at aquaria_net>; nfc at actwin_com
<nfc at actwin_com>; AQUARIUM at LISTSERV_CC.EMORY.EDU
Cc: killietalk at aka_org <killietalk at aka_org>; livefood at aquaria_net
<livefood at aquaria_net>; ponds-l at lists_execpc.com <ponds-l at lists_execpc.com>
Date: Monday, August 24, 1998 10:41 PM
Subject: RE: NANFA-- Re: value of bugs zapped by bug zapper as food

>> I have heard of bug zappers being placed over the pond in
>> order to provided
>> a steady source of freshly killed insects.  I have never tried this.
>I work at two hatcheries that use bug zappers as a small supply of free
>fish food.  When there are great amounts of insects, the conversion
>factor in the ponds drops a measureable amount.  Conversion factor is
>the ratio between food fed and growth achieved.  The insect weight isn't
>included in the food calculation, hence the value drop.
>I heard a story of fish hatchery people that used to suspend heads of
>slaughtered farm animals over their raceways.  The falling maggots
>supplemented the diet of the fish.  Sometimes we get school groups
>visiting these hatcheries.  Those kids have a tendency to see .  If
>there's one dead fish out of thousands, they'll find it ("Hey, Mister,
>whatch gonna do about that dead fish?")!  I can imagine what they'd have
>to say about suspended animal heads :-)
>Jay DeLong
>Olympia, WA, USA