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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ Dubia Roaches

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ Dubia Roaches


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What are Dubia Roaches?

Dubia Roaches or Blaptica Dubia, also known as the orange-spotted roach, Guyana spotted roach, or Argentinian wood roach, are a medium-sized roach native to central and South America. A popular feeder insect for all insectivorous and omnivorous reptiles, amphibians, and other species. 


Dubia Roaches nutritional information:

Extra Small:

  • Moisture 71.5%
  • Protein 21.4%
  • Fat 6.15%
  • Ash 1.3%
  • Fiber 2.6%
  • Calcium 700mg/kg
  • Phosphorous 2600mg/kg

Extra Large:

  • Moisture 65.6%
  • Protein 23.4%
  • Fat 7.2%
  • Ash 1.2%
  • Fiber 2.9%
  • Calcium 800mg/kg
  • Phosphorous 2600mg/kg


Are dubia roaches right for my pet?

Dubia roaches are one of the best staple options available for pretty much any animal that can eat insects. They are well-rounded nutritionally, have a super low risk of parasites, are easy to digest, and come in various sizes suited for any age pet.


How do I store my dubia roaches?

Storing dubia is very easy. They will arrive in small plastic cups or a box, depending on how many you have ordered. If you have ordered a small amount that has arrived in a container and are planning on feeding them off quickly, then you can keep them in the plastic cup and just add a small amount of food for them. If you have a larger amount that has arrived in a box, or you want to keep your dubia for longer, then it is recommended to keep them in a cricket keeper or a plastic tote/tub of some kind along with some egg flats or other kind of cardboard for them to hide and climb on. The dubia will need food and water; you can use commercial products such as Dubia Dew as a source of hydration and Roach Chow as a source of nutrition for them, which are both recommended. You can also throw some salad in with them for some extra nutrients. Salad can also be used on its own if you run our of dubia food, and as an alternative hydration source, you can soak a cloth or tissues in water and let them drink that way. Never put water in a dish for them as it risks them drowning in the water.


How long do dubia roaches last?

Dubia roaches, when kept properly, can last for months. They are very hardy creatures, and it takes a lot to kill them. However, they will still need to be fed and watered to be able to last that long, as all creatures need.


Will they infest my house if they escape?

No. Dubia roaches need higher temperatures that your house will be able to provide in order to breed if they escape they will simply hide out somewhere until they die. States that have the climate that will support dubia roaches breeding have outlawed them, which is why they are illegal in certain states.


Do dubia roaches bite?

No. Unlike other feeder insects such as crickets that can bite your pet, dubia roaches cannot bite nor harm your pet in any way.


Aren't roaches creepy?

Dubia roaches, despite their name, barely resemble the common house roach you may find infesting your place of residence. Many people who are afraid of roaches are more than happy to use dubia roaches to feed their pets, and it is commonly said that they resemble a larger "roly poly" or "woodlice" and are cute!


How do I breed dubia roaches?

Dubia roaches are not hard to breed, although it isn't highly recommended to try and do this yourself. Too much handling of them can result in allergies developing to the frass (droppings). It is much easier to obtain your dubia roaches from a reputable supplier and house them, which will minimize handling and the risk of allergies affecting your children or other family members.


How do I feed dubia roaches to my pet?

The best way to feed them to your pet is by using a "feeder tub" or separate tank, release them into the tank with your pet and let them hunt. They can also be hand-fed using tongs or tweezers, and you can also put them in a bowl, although be aware that with shallow bowls, they may be able to climb out. There are small size No Escape feeder dishes, and large size No Escape feeder dishes available that you can use that they are unable to climb out of, making feeding with a dish much more manageable.


Why do some of my dubia roaches have wings?

Male dubia roaches have fully formed wings, while females only have wing stubs. As dubia roaches age you will see the wings on the males become more evident. Despite the wings, male dubias cannot fly very well, if at all so it is not something to be concerned about.


Why are some of my dubia roaches white?

As with many other species, dubia roaches shed their skin. Freshly molted dubia will appear white at first, but after a few hours, their color will return to normal. Freshly molted dubia is a delicacy for insect-eating reptiles who enjoy the softer white dubias and will often pick them out first if given a choice between those and normal dubias.


    What happens if my order arrives dead?

    Every effort is always taken to ensure that your order arrives alive, we always pack more bugs into our shipments just in case. On the off chance that your order does arrive dead, just send us a photo of the dead bugs in the container they came in and we will send you a replacement or issue you a credit on your account as long as the package has not been left outside to sit for longer than 1 hour.


    What if I receive the wrong item?

    If you receive the wrong item, please send us a message with your order number, the item you received, and the item you were supposed to receive. We do make mistakes, but we would be happy to send a replacement order.



    What if I receive someone else’s order?

    This doesn’t happen very often, but there is always a chance we may mix up a packing slip or shipping label. If this happens, just send us the order number of the order you received, and your order number so we can send a replacement order.


    If you have any questions that haven't been answered here, go to the page for your product in question and scroll to the customer reviews and post your question there.

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    Reptile Supply - January 11, 2021

    Hi Justin — Absolutely! We pay attention to our customers’ local weather to make sure your feeders arrive in good condition no matter what time of year. We will simply include extra insulation and maybe a shipping heat pack with your order.

    Justin manser - January 11, 2021

    Can I order during the winter time? My temps are about 25 degrees during the day.

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