Yes, most people find roaches repulsive! But if your pet lizards, geckos, frogs, tarantulas, scorpions and other animal friends enjoy them, breeding roaches at home makes perfect sense. They are very high in protein and low in fat, making them a healthy meal for your pet. They don’t stink or eat their young, they are very easy to care for and unlike crickets, don’t make any noise. One of the hardiest insects in the world, some can even live over 1 1/2 years! Raising bugs such as roaches can be profitable as well. Many feeder roaches sold in pet stores have been provided by people who have bred them at home.
Raising roaches is very simple. If you provide them with food, a warm, moist, dark environment, nature will take care of the rest. Although they breed quickly, sometimes a colony can take several weeks to become established. They will eat just about anything, but a diet of commercial roach food, supplemented with fresh fruits, vegetables and grains will keep the colony happy and reproducing. Calcium-rich vitamin powder can be sprinkled on the food for extra nutrition. Great care must be taken so that your roaches do not escape! If this happens, your home could be infested with them in a very short period of time.
Insect breeding kits that are specially designed for roach breeding may be purchased online. Some include housing, egg flats so that your roaches can hide, roach food or chow, vitamin powder, a special water gel, food and water dishes, and step-by-step instructions. Some may include several specimens of adult roaches as well.
There are many different types of roaches that can be successfully bred at home. Your insect breeder can advise which roaches are best for your pets.