Would you consider breeding insects to make money?

@scheng1 (24806)
Singapore
August 11, 2011 10:51pm CST
I have an Asian Arowana at home. It is a big predator fish. Even though I kept it on pellets for a year or more, a time came when the fish refused to eat pellets. It wants to eat live food, similar to its cousin in the wild. As a result, buying insects, such as crickets become part of weekly routine. I marvel at how people manage to breed insects for profits. They sure make a lot of money breeding crickets for hobbyists, and others who need live or dead crickets. Would you consider breeding insects to make money? Do you find the idea too gross for you?
8 responses
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
14 Aug 11
I don't think i will be interested to breed insect to make money. Because i have a little kid at home who was very sensitive to insect bite. So, i still prefer to keep my home clean and free from any kind of insect. One of my ex-neighbor ever breed cockroaches and crickets. It makes his garden very stinky smell and very noisy, too.
@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
14 Aug 11
Hi Myfb, I think those neighbors to the right or left of his house must have hated him for that! I cannot imagine anyone next to me breeding cockroaches. If they want to do that, they better get a place in the middle of the plantations. Crickets are not too bad, even though they are just noisy, and smelly. At least they do not bite, and they do not cause people to get sick.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
15 Aug 11
At that time, my ex-home is only a house away from this neighbor. So, i can always hear the cricket noisy sound and smell the stinky smell from his garden especially when the wind blowing from his way.Luckily, he moves to a nearby village which have a bigger land, so he can breed fishes, crickets and cockroaches, too. I heard that he also planting vegetables in his farm, too.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 11
Yes, from what i had heard, he had bought a big land that can built 3 houses link together. And he had make quite good fortune from breeding all those insects and fishes. Even his vegetables farms seems flourishing, too...At least he had achieved his goal to become his own boss before the age of 50...
@dodo19 (32586)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
16 Aug 11
Honestly, I'm really not sure if it's something that I would actually do. I'm not really a huge fan of insects. Some insects I like, or can tolerate, to say the very least. But quite a few of them I just can't stand. If I really, really absolutely had to, it's something that I might force myself to do, but it would be as a last resort, and it would a lot for me to actually do it.
@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
18 Aug 11
Hi Dodo, actually those who breed insects cannot love them as pets. Otherwise they would not sell the insects away. Most buyers use the insects as baits to catch fish or to feed to their bigger predator pets. i think those commercial breeder of insects are doing it purely out of business instinct. If they had loved the insects, I think they would cry when they think about the dear insects dying in the mouth of the fishes.
@dodo19 (32586)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
19 Aug 11
You do raise a good point. It makes a lot of sense. I think that the things is that I don't really like insects, but you raise a point that I hadn't considered.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
12 Aug 11
I don't mind insects and would gladly breed them for money, although I think I would hate to raise living things solely for the purpose of killing them. Insects don't bother me. We have a commercial here about ants where people are making horrible gagging noises and noises of disgust--what's so disgusting about ants?! Or any insect? They are useful. Except cockroaches, I can't stand them and thankfully haven't seen one for years!
@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
12 Aug 11
Hi Dragon54u, I think if you were to breed cockroaches now, your neighbors will not talk to you for months! There are some people breeding cockroaches for hobbyists or those who like to fish in the river. I think the cockroach makes a good bait for the fisherman. Cricket is another matter. The only problem is that they are very noisy, and if you keep them in confine space, they can smell very bad too.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
14 Aug 11
One of my ex-neighbor is breeding cockroaches and crickets. He uses them as a bait for fishing. We and the other neighbors are always complaining about the stink smell that we smell from their garden. Luckily, they moved away after buying another new home with bigger land. Because he planned to feed fishes for commercial purposes.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
22 Sep 11
If it makes money then why not. There is really nothing wrong with doing such. After all, breeding insects does not need much capital and much space. As compare to breeding other animals like goat, cow, chicken. So if their is a good market for such, then that would surely be a great idea. I do not find it grossy. It is better than stealing and trading endangered species which are prohibited by law. So if you see that its worth it, go for it.
@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
24 Sep 11
Hi JPso138, if your family does not mind, I think you can start to think about breeding feeder fish and insects for making money. You will be surprised to see how much information is available online. It seems that this kind of business is picking up momentum everywhere in the world. Some people are feeding feeder fish for selling to hobbyists or those how like to catch bigger fish. The feeder fish serves as food and baits. Some are breeding worms for selling to the same audience too.
@waflay (2717)
• Nairobi, Kenya
12 Aug 11
Considering I have a ready market for them. I would do it. But if just raring them for fun or as a hobby... I can't do it. I just can't stand that noise, especially crickets are so noisy.
@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
12 Aug 11
Hi Waflay, I think you are not an aquarium hobbyist. If you are, you definitely know that there is a market for all sorts of insects. You can take a look at the local fish shop in your area, and you can see how well the feeder fish, and the insects are selling. Many aquarium hobbyists with big predator fish spend a lot of money buying insects and feeder fish. The problem is that the insects may not be very healthy since they are kept in very crowded environment. If you can provide better solution, you can have a steady flow of customers for your insects. I also will not breed for fun, not even for business, since crickets are noisy, and smelly when kept in a confine space.
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
12 Aug 11
Not really a bad idea, and nor gross too. In my opinion, it would be similar with make money from breeding chicken or another poultry. If I see the chance and can doing it well, then I may consider it as a way for earning money. But up to now, I am not really interested in insect, so maybe I'll pass now, haha.
@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
12 Aug 11
Hi Varier, I am not interested in insects too. If not because of my dear fish, I would never want a single cricket inside my apartment at all. Over here, most of us live in high rise apartment, and breeding insects, especially one as noisy as crickets, is out of question. I think my neighbors will not like it so much. Some people breed crickets as food for bigger animals or other pets. Hardly anyone makes a lot of money from breeding insects, except for those commercial breeders.
@con909 (53)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
actually my answer is no. as long as money can be made that is sufficient then certainly i would go for that kind of business without any hesitations. :) besides these days where people have problems in finding jobs so why be picky in what could earn you money. you don't have to do it full time you can just do part time to earn money.
@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
12 Aug 11
Hi Con, I think many people never even think of breeding insects to earn some money. If they have, and their family can tolerate the idea, I think they will go for it. It is hard to think of breeding insects as a full time job, since most insects do not need our full time attention. Crickets do make a lot of noise, and smell very much like urine left out in the hall. I think if a person has a big enough garden, then he may not suffer from the smell of crickets so much.
@waflay (2717)
• Nairobi, Kenya
12 Aug 11
Considering I have a ready market for them. I would do it. But if just raring them for fun or as a hobby... I can't do it. I just can't stand that noise, especially crickets are so noisy.