Breeding Dubia roaches is extremely easy and is almost a by-product of proper care: if your roaches are housed, heated and fed correctly, they are going to breed by themselves. Temperatures of at least 85F must breed Dubia roaches successfully. Even though they look like live-bearers, their birthing method is really an intermediate stage between egg-laying (oviparity) and true live-bearing (viviparity). Dubia roaches are “ovo-viviparous”, which means the egg sac (called an “ootheca”) is saved in the female’s body. When the eggs hatch, they exit the female’s body as small, 1/8” nymphs. In order to ensure breeding, a Dubia roach colony must include both adult men and women. Dubia roaches are sexually “dimorphic”, which means that the men and women are simple to tell apart. The males have complete wings (which do not allow them to fly) whilst the females have wing stubs only.
The main difference involving the female and male can be observed here. Since just one male can fertilize multiple females, it’s ideal for the breeding Dubia roach colony to possess more females than males. This can be easily accomplished by feeding the adult males first to your pets. Females are mature and able to breed by 3-4 months of age. They will produce approximately 30 nymphs every two months roughly throughout their active breeding life. Nymphs have soft bodies and shed fairly often as they grow to adult size and develop the hard, or chitinous shells of adulthood. For the best control over your breeding roach colony, keep a ratio of approximately 1 male to every 5 females, keep temperatures at 90-95F, and monitor the pace of hatching. In the event the rate decreases significantly and husbandry remains correct, the majority of the females may be older and producing fewer young. In this case, be sure to allow more females to mature and reproduce.
Please bear in mind that we all do NOT recommend starting your personal dubia roach colony. It really is common for folks to develop an allergy to dubia roaches with excessive handling and constant exposure. You might spend less long term, however it may not really well worth the risk. Handling your dubia roaches in a well-ventilated room, and wearing gloves along with a respirator can help reduce the osvolk of developing an allergy. Our facility has been designed with high quality air filtration and ventilation systems, so we always wear gloves and respirators to maintain the chance as low as possible. Please note the reactions will start with itchy skin, then move on to itchy eyes, congestion, and ultimately lead to respiratory issues. Let us provide your dubia roaches since you need all of them with minimal exposure and risk of developing allergies.