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-In this order you will receive 3 adult female & 2 adult male along with a 10% over count on 55+ mixed nymph dubia roaches.
FREE Buffalo Beatles with every order UPON REQUEST. Buffalo Beetles are a critical part of keeping your colony clean. They work in harmony with the roaches to keep the colony from molding. Send a request to have them added to your order. If you do not request them they will not be added. Enjoy!
How To Care For Blaptica Dubia Roaches-
Blaptica Dubia roaches are from Central and South America. Blaptica Dubia roaches range in size from of an 1/8th inch as newborns to up to 2 inches as adults. Their life span is 12 to 18 months. Only the adult males have wings that stretch beyond the body’s length. They don’t fly, they will break their fall if dropped to the floor. If one happens to escape, Blaptica Dubia roaches will not be able to breed or even survive outside their warm, humid environment. They cannot climb smooth surfaces. They have little to no odor. They do not make any noise unlike crickets making it much easier to be around them. They do cost a little more money up front, but once your colony is healthy and breeding consistently, you will never have to buy feeders again.
Blaptica Dubia roaches are the best feeder insect and have become a very popular feeder. This is mainly because of their meat to shell ratio. They are 35% protein while crickets are only 18.7%. It would take about 7 adult crickets to add up to 1 Adult Dubia roach nutritionally. They have a softer shell that makes digestion easier on your pet.
It is best to keep your feeder roaches fed and watered so they are gut-loaded when you want to feed your pets. Healthy feeders insures you will keep your pets healthy and happy. Doing this will give your pets a good amount of protein. Dubia Roaches overall, are a healthier insect to feed to your pets period!
Your Blaptica Dubia roach diet will consist mainly of Roach Chow that you can purchased online, dark green leaf lettuce, spring mix lettuce, fresh fruits and vegetables along with oranges that I have found stimulates reproduction. This will provide a perfect diet to gut-load your feeder roaches so your pets are getting the best diet you can give them.
At home here we juice every morning which gives me a steady supply of fruit and vegetable pulp that usually goes to waste. NOTE… make sure you remove any leftover fruits or vegetables after (12 to 18 hours ) before they can form a mold. Mold can wipe out your colony.
Using Polymer Water Crystals is the best source of water for your roaches, and is not messy. I use an 8oz. plastic cup that I rough up inside and out with sand paper so the roaches can climb in and out of the food and water dish at the bottom of the enclosure. Using water crystals also significantly decreases roach drowning. Water crystals absorb up to 400 times their weight in water, and expand to make clear gel-like crystals. I use a 32 0z. container with a top to make and store my water crystals until I need them. Add 1 to 2 16.9oz. bottles of bottled water to 1 TBSP of water crystals and store until you need them. I use bottled water so I don’t introduce any chemicals that are found in tap water that would harm my feeder roaches or my pets.
Water crystals absorb up to 400 times their weight in water, and expand to make clear gel-like crystals. I use a 32 0z. container with a top to make and store my water crystals until I need them. Add 1 to 2 16.9oz. bottles of bottled water to 1 TBSP of water crystals and store until you need them. I use bottled water so I don’t introduce any chemicals that are found in tap water that would harm my feeder roaches or my pets.
Housing a Breeder Colony
Housing Blaptica Dubia Roaches is not difficult. Any glass tank or smooth sided Rubbermaid tub would work since this is a non-climbing species. If you use a glass tank you will have block out any light entering the tank, they have to be in the dark. Paint the outside of the tank with black paint or cover the outside glass with heavy paper or keep them in a dark room or closet. No substrate is necessary; the roaches will create their own, “frass” or roach droppings necessary for the baby roaches for a while. Provide egg crates for your breeder insects to live and breed in.
Provide clean water and a nutritious source of food (vegetables, fruit, roach chow, etc.). The humidity you need for your breeder roaches colony to produce young should be in the range of 30% to 50%, 40% to 50% works best for me for breeding. You may need to mist the enclosure occasionally to maintain these levels, but having water crystals available will usually do the job. The temperature of your breeder colony should be maintained at 72 – 92 degrees, 92 degrees works best for me for breeding. Be careful, the higher the temperature and humidity the more chance of mold forming. Mold can kill a colony of roaches.
Another reason to maintain the proper humidity is insure the roaches are able to MOLT (shed) their exoskeletons properly as they grow. If you notice bad molts then you may need to bump the humidity up just a little. You can do this by misting the enclosure one or two times a day. A heat mat can be placed under the breeder tank and/ or a ceramic heat emitter on the top of the cage will also work. They need a temperature that falls between 72 – 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Some other ways to keep your roaches warm are keeping them in a pre-heated reptile room or heat tape. I use a 500-watt Temperature Controller by Zilla to maintain the temperature and a Exo-Terra thermometer-Hygrometer to monitor the Heat and humidity in my breeder colony. Blaptica Dubia roaches make great feeder insects for you and for your pet.
Depending of the size of your colony and the tank you are raising them in you will have to clean the tank every 2 to 4 months. And I recommend that you invest in some sort of respirator when you are working with your roaches or cleaning their tank even in a well ventilated area.
The fine dust generated by cleaning the tank or moving the roaches around is not pleasant in your lungs.
Housing Feeder Roaches
Housing Blaptica Dubia Feeder Roaches is not much different than the Breeder Roaches but you don’t have to be as exact with the temperature and humidity. They will grow faster the warmer they are kept 72 to 92 degrees and humidity level 30% to 50% but if you can keep them in your reptile room in the house that stays in the low 80’s with the humidity at 30% to 40% they will grow well and molt well. Provide egg crates for your feeder insects to live and grow in.