Welcome to Hardwick House



Before you say no, let me give you some information. – Michael, my husband

 Most people, when their significant other says “We have roaches” you call the exterminator or run to the closest dollar store and buy a can a Raid. You picture 


running along the walls and hiding in the cabinets.

We don’t have your typical house cockroach, we have Dubia Roaches and they’re a little bit bigger.

THIS (close to actual size)  is what lives in my house…okay they’re actually in a tote in my house.

Our roaches are feeder roaches for our reptiles and are quickly becoming more popular than crickets for many reptile enthusiests, providing more protein per meal. They are also much easier to breed and maintain.  Dubia roaches give live birth, unlike cricket, so there is no hopping the material you provided for eggs is kept at the right temperature.  Plus, the don’t have that gross cricket stink. 😛

Their maintanience and care is also fairly low. We, like others, keep ours in a medium sized tote. The tote contains 4 egg crates for the roaches to hide and climb on so they aren’t stomping all over each other on the bottom, and three jar lids holding high protein ground up cat food and water gel. When it comes time to change the egg crating, usually only every few months, you simply shake them into the tote off of the old and put in new. They spend most of their time on the on the egg crating or in the jar lids so the bottom doesn’t become too much of a mess. Did I mention they don’t stink like crickets?

Dubia roaches are tropical roaches so need to be kept warm. They can survive at a minimum temperature of 68 degrees. They prefer to be kept between 85 to 95 degrees. This means that unless you keep your house hot, they won’t live long outside of their container. We keep black light above a hole we cut into the lid and a hot-pad under the tote and have a temperature gage inside the tote to make sure we’re maintaining the proper temperatures, and with Michael being half polar bear, our house is rarely above 65. It also helps that they can not climb glass or smooth plastic, meaning they’re not getting out unless you drop one while feeding your reptiles.

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Dubia roaches are live bearing roaches and the males are easily discernible from the females. While it can take time for your colony to get established, once it is, you have a constant flow from baby to adult and a wide range to feed your various sized reptiles. Our turtle love the big males which helps keep down the male population of the colony, keeping the males from becoming too many who take up more space and eat a lot of the food.

So, not all roaches are bad. Or maybe I’m just used to my husband asking me about having strange animals in the house. 😀 Though I do have to admit, I still can’t bring myself to pick up one of the big ones *shivers* I just can’t take the feel of them crawling on me! 🙂









Comments on: "ROACHES!" (15)

  1. Well, to be honest the roaches we have along the Gulf Coast are basically the same size as the Dubia – which are 1.8 inches according to Wikipedia and our American cockroaches are usually about 2 inches because the climate and available food supply suits them quite well.

    Fortunately, ours are mainly “outdoor” roaches although they also like crevices and particularly damp areas so they’ll live behind kitchen cabinets near the sink or dishwasher, and you don’t encounter them much unless you turn on a light at night and watch them run away.

    Unfortunately, they can fly – just…not very well. Sometimes the roaches get spooked and launch into the air. I think they’re aware that they don’t fly too well, and it scares them. So they immediately want to stop flying and land on the nearest tall object. Which often happens to be the person trying to scramble away as they weave toward you flapping their wings. The worst part is when they land and immediately scramble for new hiding spots, often getting between clothing and skin. Then the person is doing a very animated dance mixed with striptease while the roach is scrambling up, down, or around trying to get away from the crazy person.

    Ick doesn’t quite describe the feeling.

    For whatever it’s worth, I usually practice a catch-and-release for cockroaches I find in the house. I hate squishing them. I usually grab a paper towel and try to scoop them up and fling them outside (before they can fly back toward me).

    • LOL I’ve done that dance. I can’t imagine living with bugs that big roaming free in my house. I think I’ll stay here in the center of the country where are bugs are smaller 🙂

      I must admit that I am a bug squishier but mainly only spiders, and even then just the big ones. I give them a chance to go the other way but if they get to close…well, the evolution of that spider’s species wanted that spider to die and I was happy to help. 🙂 Okay, I squish breeder crickets too, especially when they jump at me from their hiding spots amongst the dirty laundry!

  2. I’d love to have a lizard at home, but I think the idea of having live food for them puts my wife off. I think she could manage grasshoppers, millworms and the like, but roaches would be far too much for her.

    Also, on a slightly different note, I once held a giant hissing cockroach at a zoo when I was a kid. Damn those things can make some noise.

    • We’ve bread mealworms before for feeders. Now those I could handle even though the larger ones had pinchers. I had no issues picking up a hand full and tossing them in to a reptile tank.

      I’ve only seen hissing cockroaches, never held one. Not sure I could! 🙂

  3. OK, I know it’s wimpy for a guy to confess, but I’m not good with bugs. My response though is more manly – when they trigger my fight or flight response I come out fighting every time. They aren’t paying the mortgage or helping to carry in the groceries – justice is swift and painless. It’s insect equivalent of an instant diet – round to thin in less then 0.5 seconds.

    • hehe. Glad to hear your fight or flight response is in good order. My husband once told me not to kill a huge spider living under my washer. The next day, Mr. Spider came out to play again. Needless to say, he didn’t make it back under the washer 🙂

  4. all I will say is your husband must be a silver tongued word smith to get such creatures into your home.


    they are even in one of your hands. EW! Yea I know you probably thinking “you jumped out of planes for there army and deployed twice” and I counter with we kept tallies of how many vermin and insectoid creatures we killed 😉


    ok Big BEar is going for a shower, and a can of raid…:)

    • I have to admit, he won me over with the “They can’t climb smooth surfaces” line. And I never have to pick them up for feeding, he does all that. I used to help when he had crickets, even though they’d jump at me occasionally, I will not stick my hand at let a roach squirm through my fingers and crawl up my arm! the one I’m holding is only a baby, those I can’t handle, the adults…um. No.

  5. To be honest I’m not a big fan of bugs. So I wouldn’t be too happy sharing my living space with those. So to sound a bit girly “EEEEWWWWWW.” LOL

  6. I am VERY grossed out by roaches…like I shivered while I was looking at the pics you have posted….ewwwww….I once lived in an apartment for a couple of months while my condo was being renovated that was infested…INFESTED with roaches –It was disgusting and totally traumatized me. So, have fun with your roaches…yuck…I’m glad something in your house is eating them 😉

    • My husband had some bad experiences with roaches himself. I was in total shock when he actually asked if we could buy some! But after hearing the info I understood. And yes, our reptiles are fat and healthy thanks to the roaches 🙂

      Sorry you had to live in such conditions, even if it was for such a short time. I can’t imagine *shivers*

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