The first thing to remember when it comes to your new insect feeders is that Dubia roaches are resilient. Caring for Dubias doesn’t have to be complicated or time-intensive. These insects can survive for weeks or even months at room temperature with minimal food, moisture, and darkness. But with just a little effort, you can help your Dubia roach feeders thrive and grow.
Proper Care for Dubia Roach Feeders
While it may seem a little counter-intuitive to help your feeder insects survive, it’s better for your pet, and your wallet, if you do. By maintaining optimal health, your roaches will retain their nutritional value for a longer period of time.
Use the following tips as a guideline when caring for your Dubia roach feeders:
• Housing – When it comes to your Dubia roach feeders, any plastic or glass container works well. Find a good size enclosure to give them room to grow. They prefer darkness for the majority of the day (typically 10-12 hours), so having some kind of egg carton housing kit, cardboard tubes or newspaper for them to crawl under can be helpful.
• Ideal Temperatures – Dubia roach feeders should be kept at an optimal temperature between 60°F and 85°F. This helps prevent stress on the insects and ensures maximum health. A temperature between 70°F and 85°F will encourage your roaches to grow faster. Lower temperatures will prevent overgrowth, so that they don’t outgrow your animal.
• Proper Hydration and Nutrition – As mentioned earlier, roaches prefer areas with moisture. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and water are useful in helping these insects thrive. To prevent dehydration use wet paper towels, sponges or water crystal feeder dishes. Dubia roaches can survive on items with zero nutritional value, so when it comes to choosing foods, choose something that will be healthy and nutritious for your animal. For example, wheat, whole grain breads, fruits, vegetables, and cereals can all ultimately offer your animal nutrition after consuming the Dubia roaches.
Ultimately, Dubia roaches don’t require a lot of care or maintenance. So, any effort you put into their survival will be rewarded. If you plan to use your feeder insects within a week or so of purchasing, there is probably not much care or time you will need to invest, but if you plan to help them grow, use these guidelines for proper care.