How to Keep Dubia Roaches Alive

How to Keep Dubia Roaches Alive

4th May 2023

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You have probably heard many people talk about how Dubia roaches are very easy to care for as long as you follow some basic advice—and that’s true. Still, starting to breed Dubia roaches can be nerve wracking: You want to keep your roaches healthy and happy so you have a sustainable source of live feeder insects for your reptile.

There are three things that your roaches need to thrive: food, water and moisture, and a dark, safe enclosure. Let’s break each of these things down to start.


Your roaches should have constant access to roach chow. You should also offer fresh fruits and vegetables approximately once or twice a week. Make sure you clear what hasn’t been eaten within 24-48 hours to avoid mold growth: Mold is the enemy of roach colonies.

Water and Moisture

Speaking of mold, we want to caution you against setting any sort of water dish or wet sponge within your colony. Young Dubias can drown in a water dish, and a wet sponge or towel can quickly harbor mold. The best solution that we have found is to use water crystals. Moisture, and humidity, is also important within your colony and key for successful molting. Aim for humidity levels of 40 to 60 percent.

A Dark, Safe Enclosure

We recommend using plastic storage bins, however avoid clear. Colored bins can help to create that dark environment that your roaches need to grow and reproduce. The enclosure should be kept between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you can meet these three basic needs, you will be off to a great start in your mission to keep your Dubia roaches alive. Of course, our advice does not end there! We have created a variety of resources for Dubia roach breeders. Take a look at the following:

Dubia Roach Care Sheet
Get all the basic information you need to maintain a healthy and happy roach colony.

Breeding Dubia Roaches
We tackle the topic of roaches vs. crickets and give you easy steps to start your roach colony.

Feeding Your Dubia Roach Colony
Learn how to give your roaches the nutrients they need to thrive.

If you have more questions, you can contact us. In the meantime, make sure you start your colony with the highest quality live Dubia roaches from ABDragons.

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