If you are planning on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia there are several things you will need to know. For starters you have to be able to identify your dubia. Blaptica dubia are also known as the Guyana orange spotted roach, because of the dark brown color and light orange spots. Adult dubia usually reach 1 ½ to 2 inches long and live up to twelve months. 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 occurs to escape you ought to have no issue catching them. Dubia also do not burrow and can not climb smooth surfaces. Now that you’ve learned a bit about identifying dubia you need to know how to look after your colony.
Blaptica dubia’s diets include fresh fruit and vegetables 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 remove anything that may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Your dubia will even need water. Using water crystals allows your dubia to have the water they need but is also much less messy as liquid water. Make sure you position the water crystals in a small dish so that your dubia have a spot to maneuver.
Now that you know how to feed your dubia lets discuss their environment. Since dubia really are a non climbing species any smooth sided container will make an excellent home. Ensure your container has lots of egg crates to ensure that they can breed while keeping your colony going. Make sure that your dubia have a higher then normal humidity (above 40%) inside their container, you can accomplish this simply by using a heat mat or perhaps a heat lamp. To get the correct humidity you may also have 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 need to have your container between 80 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your dubia’s environment at these specifications will ensure that you may have a sizable and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia makes wonderful feeder roaches for many reasons. For starters roaches are 36% protein rather than crickets which can be only 18.5% protein. Dubia possess a softer outer shell which will make them easier to digest for your pets. Also roaches have virtually no odor and never make any noise which makes it much easier to raise a colony in your home. It is important to hmviou any other male dubia you may have in your colony to give your pets. You need to have 1 male to 3 females in your colony. Because dubia get more protein then crickets your pet will eat less allowing you to cut costs and to possess a healthy happy pet.