Dubia Roach Enclosure Test

LoneBridger

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I’m starting my first colony of Dubias. Very little on the market in Washington State, so thought I’d invest in it. They sit within a black 27 gallon storage container with a ZooMed heat mat underneath regulated by a Zilla temp controller set to 90 degrees F. That container is within a rolling 40 gallon storage container. The lid has nine holes of about 2 1/8 inches with mesh lined with a little idea of mine to test. I recently ran into a problem with fruit flies getting inside and their children!! Ugh!! We live in an orchard so it doesn’t surprise me that a few managed to enter. My idea was to use Opaque Leggings!! I lined the precut screens by cutting the legs off and turning them over the mesh with my arm much like a sock.


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I ordered 10 pairs of breeders. It’s within one day shipping and I am eager to introduce new genetics to prevent future inbreeding. Any tips from other breeders could help with making a more secure and pest free method to ventilation!
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KobaOregonherper

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I’m starting my first colony of Dubias. Very little on the market in Washington State, so thought I’d invest in it. They sit within a black 27 gallon storage container with a ZooMed heat mat underneath regulated by a Zilla temp controller set to 90 degrees F. That container is within a rolling 40 gallon storage container. The lid has nine holes of about 2 1/8 inches with mesh lined with a little idea of mine to test. I recently ran into a problem with fruit flies getting inside and their children!! Ugh!! We live in an orchard so it doesn’t surprise me that a few managed to enter. My idea was to use Opaque Leggings!! I lined the precut screens by cutting the legs off and turning them over the mesh with my arm much like a sock.


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I want to know how well this works. Id be worried about it not breathing. But Im struggling with fruitflies because of the gutload I use. Luckily the dermestid beetle worms make short work of their eggs and my chameleon enjoys the shooting practice all day. But im sick of them.
 
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LoneBridger

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Luckily the dermestid beetle worms make short work of their eggs and my chameleon enjoys the shooting practice all day. But sick of them.
Should I order some cleaner beetles? I thought about it but I didn’t think it was necessary with the lack of Frass at the moment.
 

KobaOregonherper

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Should I order some cleaner beetles? I thought about it but I didn’t think it was necessary with the lack of Frass at the moment.
Always necessary. They start out eating left over food, little bits of frass and sheds. They stop mold before it grows, which is the most necessary thing they do imo.
 

LoneBridger

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I can say after the weekend that my enclosure is fly free. No maggots or any pests inside. Adding the shipments that will be at my local post office later this week will be the final post for a couple months. My thoughts on this are Huge Success!
 
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