Dubia Cockroach

Dubia roaches (Blaptica dubia) are popular feeder insects and make an excellent food source for reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. Here is a comprehensive care sheet to ensure the well-being of your dubia roach colony:


  • Enclosure: Use a well-ventilated plastic or glass tank with smooth sides to prevent escape. A 10-gallon tank or larger is suitable for a growing colony.
  • Substrate: Provide a substrate layer of egg crates, cardboard, or paper towels. This offers hiding places and encourages natural behaviors.
  • Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a temperature range of 80-95°F (27-35°C) with a humidity level around 40-60%. Use a thermometer and hygrometer to monitor these conditions.

Feeding and Nutrition:

  • Diet: Feed your dubia roaches a nutritious and balanced diet. Offer fresh fruits and vegetables like apples, oranges, carrots, and dark leafy greens. Commercial roach chow or grain-based food can be provided as the primary diet.
  • Protein Source: Supply a high-quality protein source such as dry dog or cat food, fish flakes, or cricket food. Protein is crucial for the health and growth of dubia roaches.
  • Water: Provide a water source such as water gel crystals or a water dish with a sponge to prevent drowning. Ensure the water source is replenished regularly.

Breeding and Maintenance:

  • Colony Size: Maintain a proper male-to-female ratio of roughly 1:3 to promote breeding without excessive competition.
  • Temperature Gradient: Create a temperature gradient in the enclosure by using a heat mat or heat lamp. This encourages breeding and helps regulate metabolism.
  • Cleaning: Regularly remove uneaten food, molting exoskeletons, and feces to maintain a clean and hygienic environment.
  • Separation: Separate nymphs from adults to prevent cannibalism. Transfer nymphs to a separate enclosure with appropriate conditions for their growth.

Additional Tips:

  • Avoid exposing dubia roaches to direct sunlight or extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • Monitor the colony regularly for signs of stress, disease, or mite infestation. Isolate any affected individuals promptly.
  • Dubia roaches are excellent climbers, so ensure the enclosure has smooth sides to prevent escapes.
  • Consult a veterinarian experienced with invertebrates if you have any concerns or specific questions about the health of your dubia roach colony.

Please note that this care sheet is a general guide, and it's important to conduct further research and consult reputable sources for more detailed information on dubia roach care. Providing proper care will help you maintain a healthy and thriving dubia roach colony for your pet's feeding needs.

Remember to consider any regulations or restrictions regarding the keeping of dubia roaches in your area, as they may vary.