- Cockroaches are easy to keep and can be inexpensively housed and maintained. For non-climbing species such as Florida Discoids I use large Rubbermaid or Sterilite brand containers that I get from any retail store such as Walmart, Target, etc.
Here are some easy to follow steps on how to set up you non climbing roaches:
Step #1 Get them a house: Buy a container to house your colony. I like containers that are smooth to the touch, if the inside is textured nymphs will easily climb out. Smaller containers or aquariums can be used for small colonies, or to keep roaches as feeders only.
*** If you live in a place where you need supplemental heat for your colonies we recommend that you find instructions online on how to use heat-tape, infrared heaters, etc. We are located in Sunny South Florida and we don't use any heating devices for our colonies. If you have a reptile room that is above 78F you could house your roaches there with little or no additional heating
Tips for using cockroaches as feeders for reptiles: Sometimes cockroaches have the tendency to burry down in the substrate when you throw them inside an animals cage. There are a few simple ways to work around this. You can place the roaches in a shallow bowl where animals such as Bearded dragons, chameleons, etc will quickly learn that they will find the roaches inside the bowl. You can also hand feed your animal with a pair of tweezers, or only add roaches as they get eaten before they have a chance to burry down in the substrate.
- P nivea are generally a lot more active during night time. During the day they prefer to hide in their egg crates, or in the substrate and very seldom fly during the day. I use this to my advantage to feed them, sort or do anything inside their containers. I also separate the nymphs to be used as feeders during this time.