This May take a few posts as I am tired and have been sorting roaches and MURDERING CRICKETS!!!!!!!
Here goes the start...
The Picts you see are of one of two Dubia colonies I had. One (not shown) for feeders and this one I had left alone to get a good colony started. As u can see it has done well, I only made sure the temp was good and fed them well. I noticed 2 things, one was the tub got heavy and 2 I started to see crickets in it. I made a total ROOKIE MISTAKE when I set up this colony. I thought well these are roaches so it won't hurt to use some slightly used egg crate (used for crickets).
WRONG!!!! Egg crates hold crickets eggs and when kept hot and moist they HATCH!!!!! (The crickets). So here is my problem,I have a thriving Dubia colony but it is getting heavily infested with..... YOU GOT IT...CRICKETS!!!!!
If you are FAINT OF HEART STOP READING NOW!!!!!!!
Me being ME I could not have a cricket infestation in my Dubia colony.
So I removed all egg crate etc and then started hunting crickets with both hands and MURDERING THEM UNTIL NOT ONE WAS LEFT!!!! At that point my eyes were blurry and my back hurt (I guess I deserve it ) but not a single cricket survived the horrific attack!!!! the last pictures are of the two colonies of adults I started from this colony and a small tub of baby's to use as food!!! So DON'T MAKE THE SAME STUPID MISTAKE I MADE!!! Use new egg crate for your roaches!!!
BTW does anyone know a good source for egg crate(I use a lot) and need some more!!!!
Sorry for the long boring posts but if it helps someone from making the same stupid mistake I made then it will be worth it!!!
Of course with another colony of Dubia I had to provide heat so that why I made another flexwatt strip to keep the little buggers warm, I decided not to get into the gory details of MURDERING the crickets with my bare hands and the fact that my hands were wet with cricket juices!!!!! OH WHAT WE WILL DO FOR OUR CHAMS!!!!! I could get gross about now but u get the picture!!!!