Breeding Dubia roaches is very simple and is nearly a by-product of care and attention: if your roaches are housed, heated and fed correctly, they will likely breed on their own. Temperatures of at the very least 85F must breed Dubia roaches successfully. Even though they seem to be 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 make certain breeding, a Dubia roach colony must include both adult males and females. Dubia roaches are sexually “dimorphic”, meaning that the women and men are really easy to tell apart. The males have complete wings (which do not let those to fly) whilst the females have wing stubs only.
The real difference involving the female and male can be seen here. Since one particular male can fertilize multiple females, it’s perfect for the breeding Dubia roach colony to possess more females than males. This can easily be accomplished by feeding the adult males first in your pets. Females are mature and ready to breed by 3-4 months of age. They are going to produce approximately 30 nymphs every two months approximately throughout their active breeding life. Nymphs have soft bodies and shed fairly frequently as they grow to adult size and develop the hard, or chitinous shells of adulthood. For best management of your breeding roach colony, have a ratio of around 1 male to each 5 females, keep temperatures at 90-95F, and keep an eye on the rate of hatching. If the rate decreases significantly and husbandry remains correct, the majority of the females may be older and producing fewer young. In this case, make sure you allow more females to mature and reproduce.
Please bear in mind that we all do NOT recommend starting your very own dubia roach colony. It is actually common for people to develop an allergy to dubia roaches with a lot of handling and constant exposure. You might spend less long term, but it may not well worth the risk. Handling your dubia roaches in a well-ventilated room, and wearing gloves as well as a respirator can help reduce the osvolk of developing an allergy. Our facility has become equipped with good quality air filtration and ventilation systems, and we always wear gloves and respirators to maintain the danger as low as possible. Please note that this reactions will begin with itchy skin, then start working on 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.