Hi there, your dubia care sheet is quite extensive and really good. If i may offer a few suggestions. It is a myth that they cant infest your home, even here in the midwest or northern U.S. They are survivalist that can withstand a good range in temps, distances without food or water. All it takes is m/f and a decently warm spot (furnace, fridge, water heater, base board heaters, homes without a/c in the summer months, etc) in your home and tada you will have babies Naturally they are omnivorous like crickets. They will eat what is available whether it is meat or plant. Like most insects of the world they are designed to be "mother natures" clean up crew.Also they are not carnivorous unlike crickets. Most important, they won't infest your home in the US, with the exception of possibly Fl. where most roaches are illegal to sell to or have, due to state law and they thrive in tropical conditions.
Because I'm squeamish about themwhy not roaches are better than crickets no smell no jumping/flying, and no canabalism at least in this species how ever i do have some orange head roaches that im breeding that get a whole mice once a week because they love protein.
I would check your local Craigslist ads first to see if there is anyone in your area that has them for sale. That way you can save the shipping costs. If not the link at the top of this thread is also a breeder and seller of them that can probably fix you up or Google " Dubia Roaches For Sale". You can also try Ebay and look in the For Sale Section here on the Forum too.I am strongly considering doing this. Where should I order the first 100 from to start the colony?
I got mine from a local guy that breeds snakes and tarantulas...found him on Craigslist and at the right time too as his colony was exploding in a major way. Got 1000 well mixed + 60 adult females + 20 adult males, 2lbs of roach chow, 4ounces of water crystals and a dozen new egg flats...$60 dollars + a 20 mile drive to get em and I also found in him a source for the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula I have been itching to get whenever I get readyMy vote is for Ebay I bought 100 extra large for $25 or $26 I can't remember and free shipping. You just have to pick out what you think is best. I bought less but they were one shed away from being adult so I didn't have to wait very long for them to grow and start having nymphs.