Dubia Cockroach

Dubia Cockroach Overview

Dubia cockroaches are common in the pet industry due to there high nutritional value, ease of keeping, no noise and very little smell. They are not a pest spices and will not breed if they escape. Dubia roaches have more protein and calcium than most of the other feeder insects on the market.

 

The roaches are about 6cm long when fully grown. Females give birth to live young that are around woodlouse size when born. Females birth 20 to 40 young every 40 to 60 days or so.

 

Environment

When breeding dubia roaches you can keep them In a bioactive enclosure with soil plants ect or just a tub with egg crates.

 

The main thing is the temperature as the roaches wont breed at under 22°c. They should be kept at around 28°c for optimum breeding conditions.

 

I am selling a custom heated kit to keep the temperature just right for the best breeding conditions. The heat lamp is only 15w and low powered so you have no chance of it overheating. You can use a 25w bulb if you would like. The bulb is a black light so the insects cannot see it and will behave as if they are in darkness and be way more active than if they had a normal light bulb.

 

Diet

In the wild cockroaches are mainly scavengers eating fallen leaves animal and plant waste seeds nuts ect, in captivity they are fed oats fruit and vegetables.

 

When breeding dubia roaches to feed to your pets it is important to give them a nutritious diet rich in protein and calcium so they can grow and breed as fast as possible. I would recommend a base of dry dog food supplemented with watercress as its 13% calcium by weight as well as feeding dry milk and or dry egg powder, also feed moisture rich fruit and Vegetables such as grapes cucumbers ect. This diet will supply your roaches all the nutrition they need to be healthy.

 

Breeding Information

Breeding Dubia cockroaches is easy and safe with very little smell, they are harmless and carry no disease.

 

The most important part of breeding the roaches is making sure the temperature does not drop below 20°c or so at night or they won’t breed very well, you can set the included timer to turn the heat lamp on in the evening and overnight to keep them warm.

 

As long as the temperature and diet is ok they will breed very fast with each female giving birth to around 40 roaches every month or so! 

 

Quick Facts

  • Adult Male cockroaches have wings but cannot fly

  • Nymphs are born live the size of woodlouse

  • They breed every 30 days or so at 26°c to 28°c

  • Dubia cockroaches are harmless

  • They live for up to 2 years!

  • They are more nutritious than crickets and locusts

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