Pests-Cockroaches

As cockroaches are an excellent source of protein, nutrients and water, there are many animals and microorganisms which will take every opportunity to eat your cockroaches. Potential pests include ants,  spiders, foreign cockroaches, geckoes, rodents, bacteria and fungi.

Large Pest Species (Spiders/Cockroaches/Geckoes)

Larger pest species are effectively controlled by a quality lid and screen system. Our Cockroach breeding manual outlines the best lid systems for this.

Spiders and foreign cockroaches however can accidentally be introduced into a container through cardboard cartons. Small spider species such as daddy long legs and unwanted cockroach species often reside in carton stockpiles. When you place cartons into the container, inspect them for pests and remove unwanted hitch hikers.

Another source of spiders/foreign cockroaches is the trays and tubs used in maintenance. They often reside in these areas as they take advantage of any stray insects from the previous activities. Inspect all trays/tubs prior to use and remove them by brushing with a dust pan brush.

General Diseases

All animals will contract diseases where basic husbandry requirements are not met and their immunity is reduced. With the techniques in this book you will be able to do basic cleaning and provide food/water with minimum maintenance. This will improve the health and reduce diseases.

Other sources of diseases can be accidently introduced when you bring in new animals from the pet store (particularly to improve genetics see later sections).  Carefully inspect the new animals is required to make sure they don’t have genetic defects or small parasites. Genetic defects such as deformed wings or body parts are a sign of disease or inbreeding and these animals should be avoided.

Where a disease has been introduced and taken hold, the best method is to start fresh, and sterilise containers/components with bleach or disinfectant. Bring in new healthy crickets or a new species from a reliable and reputable breeder.

Ants

Ants can be a major threat to a colony as they are able to co-ordinate quickly and attack within minutes or hours.  They can be hard to control as they can be small enough to bypass many lid systems or through holes in your screening. Unless adequate measures are put in place they will consume all your crickets and will continue to do so until you have an adequate barrier.

Need More Information…

Below is a summary of the “Pest Management” sections of our Cockroach Breeding Manuals:

  • Detailed information on how to manage all major pests and diseases, which can result in the failure of consistent cockroach breeding.
  • Our clever container design prevents pests from entering.
  • Details how to build ant exclusion devices and micro-fly traps to prevent infestations.
  • How to maintain genetics and maintain productivity

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