Cockroach Care Kit
Cockroach Care Kit
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Pet ownership is a responsibility that builds character and confidence - and what better pet to own then your very own cockroach! If you've decided to take the plunge and dive into the world of cockroach husbandry, you might need some help supplying your colony and keeping your cockroaches alive and kicking. There are a number of options available to you when it comes to storage, food, and water. In this pre-assembled kit you will receive everything you need to keep your colony maintained!
The kit comes in a wide terrarium which will give your cockroaches plenty of room to roam, eat, and breed! You'll receive enough substrate (dirt) to cover the bottom of your terrarium in a thin layer. This, along with the included cardboard egg crate, will give your cockroaches plenty of material to burrow into, hide under, and cling to. For sustenance, we've included a bag of dry food and a bag of water crystals. You'll want to stock your terrarium's pantry with about a spoonful of food every few days (or as you see it running low); same goes for your water crystals. Note: Cockroaches are sold separately!
- Medium Terrarium with Lid
- Egg Crate, Cut to Size
- Invertebrate Safe Substrate
- Bag of Cockroach Food
- Bag of Water Crystals (reusable) - 1oz
- Fill the bottom of your terrarium with the thin layer of substrate included.
- Strategically place pieces of egg crate for maximum cockroach enjoyment. Leave space on the side to easily access and replace the food and water dishes.
- Food: Place a small spoonful of food into the terrarium. You can find a small dish, put the food in one of the egg crate dimples, or just layer it on top of the substrate. Keep an eye on the food and replenish it when it runs out (expect once a week or so)
- Water: Get approximately a gallon sized storage container (tupperware works well!) and empty your bag of crystals into the container. Fill the container almost to the top with water. Put a lid on it and then wait a day and you should find the water has been transformed into watery gel crystals! Fill your other dish with these water saturated crystals and place it into the terrarium as well. To replenish water, either rehydrate the crystals in the dish, or add new hydrated crystals from your container. Check on the water at least every other day. Hydration is king when it comes to cockroach care.
- Introduce your cockroaches to their new home!
In extremely cold weather, we often get a lot of comments about how cockroaches are arriving "dead". A thing to remember is that cockroaches are ectothermic, or "cold-blooded", they cannot control their body heat. If they are cold, their little bodies start shutting down systems and go into a hibernation-like state. This is why we use ice-water for anesthesia during our cockroach experiments; it forces their systems to temporarily shut down. Here is a simple guide for bringing cold cockroaches back to life.
First thing you're going to want to do is put them into a container that absorbs heat easily. Cardboard takes a while to warm up, but an animal terrarium with plastic or glass warms up quickly when placed on a hot surface. Next, you are going to want something that gives off heat. Space heaters, radiators, or furnaces work well, just as long as you can set the container directly next to or on the heat. We want the glass/plastic to warm up so it speeds up the roach warm up.
Place the container next to the heater, keeping the heat at a steady rate if possible. Keep a close eye on them, you want to be checking on them every five minutes for a minimum of three hours. If you see any roaches that are moving, put them in a secondary "recovery" container away from the heat. You do not want to risk overheating their systems. Such movements may be subtle, something as simple as their antennae twitching, their abdomen throbbing, or just a slight leg movement may be a sign of them waking up. The roaches will want food so put food in the "recovery" container along with water gel.
If all goes well, you will have revived all of your patients, but do be aware this is not a miracle cure. Too much cold can kill them, so there is a chance that your cockroaches will either be fully dead on arrival or they will wake up, but be too ill for a full recovery and not survive long. Best of luck on your revival attempts!
If that doesn't work and you find your cockroaches really are dead... contact us and we'll work with you to fix the situation. Important: If you do live in a cold climate and have indoor heating, you have to be careful as the resultant low humidity will reduce the vitality of the cockroaches. We often tape a piece of wet sponge to the side of the cockroach cage in the winter months. If you notice your cockroaches making incomplete molts (dying while trying to molt), it's because of the low humidity.