If you are planning on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia there are numerous things you need to know. First off you should be able to identify your dubia. Blaptica dubia are also referred to as the Guyana orange spotted roach, due to their dark brown color and light orange spots. Adult dubia usually reach 1 ½ to 2 inches in size and live as much as one year. Male dubia have wings, and also the female dubia have wing stubs but neither can fly. Dubia are also very slow movers, so if one transpires with escape you ought to have no issue catching them. Dubia also do not dig and can not climb smooth surfaces. Now that you have learned a bit about identifying dubia you have to know how to care for your colony.
Blaptica dubia’s diets include fresh fruit and veggies supplemented with dry dog food, grain cereal, baby cereal and fish flakes. If this seems like to much work or expensive you can find roach diet online. Before feeding your dubia it is necessary so that you can go over the food and take away anything that may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Your dubia may also need water. Using water crystals allows your dubia to get the water they need but is additionally not as messy as liquid water. Ensure you put the water crystals in a small dish so that your dubia still have a spot to maneuver.
Since you now know how you can feed your dubia lets speak about their environment. Since dubia are a non climbing species any smooth sided container can make a fantastic home. Make sure that your container has plenty of egg crates so that they could breed whilst keeping your colony going. Make sure that your dubia have a higher then normal humidity (above 40%) inside their container, you can achieve this simply by using a heat mat or perhaps a heat lamp. To obtain the correct humidity you may also need to mist the container with water, but be sure that your container never gets mold within it or perhaps your colony will die. Temperature wise you ought to have your container between 80 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your dubia’s environment at these specifications will guarantee you will have a big and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia makes wonderful feeder roaches for many reasons. For starters roaches are 36% protein instead of crickets which can be only 18.5% protein. Dubia use a softer outer shell which make them simpler to digest for the pets. Also roaches have little to no odor and do not make any noise which makes it quicker to raise a colony in your home. It is essential to hmviou any extra male dubia you might have inside your colony to give your pets. You need to have 1 male to 3 females within your colony. Because dubia have more protein then crickets your dog will consume less enabling you to cut costs and to get a healthy happy pet.