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  1. What happens if I stop giving my roaches vegetables and only feed them oats/dog food? would they still survive and breed?
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    Feeding question

    Hissing roach, Red Runner, Lobster & Dubia
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    Any Dangers with Starting a Colony from Household Pests?

    I got a few that got into my dubia's bin and noticed at least 14-16, I changed my dubia's egg flats recently but I did not clean the whole container otherwise I would've killed em in the spot cause those things can ruin your home if you get infested so I'll clean the container next time they need new egg flats and to your question I doubt they'd harm you unless you let them touch/walk in your mouth/eyes as long as the roaches don't get to your face you'll be okay but I wouldn't keep those inside my home perhaps a shed in the backyard or a treehouse would do in case some escape flying they won't eat your food and bite your wires/clothes
  4. Hello recently I got some plastic shelves but my bins won't fit, I want to know if you guys can give me a specific brand of shelves I can use, my bins are 18 inches tall so what I need is spacing between shelves to be between 18 and 20 inches, I got 4 bins being used an 1 empty so a 4 tier shelf unit would do but a 5 would be alright too, It's been years that I have my bins side to side in different places but I need the space to put new furniture the stacking would solve the problems I know some people buy wood and build their own shelves but I don't have the tools or knowledge to build something like that I want something that can be bought with easy assembly I'd prefer plastic over steel but I'm open to all suggestions as long as It's not building the shelves from scratch I'll leave the links of the bins if you guys want to know the exact measurements https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-19481004-Titanium-Latches-45-Gallon/dp/B002C4KYFS/ and https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-Gal-Stacker-Tote-Stadium/dp/B077ZFDC6X/ Mine do not have wheels btw
  5. My lobster's bin vaseline is melted but my hisser's isn't, I got my red runner's bin on top of lobsters due to space with a slightly mini space that would fit a notebook, all of my bins have huge holds in the lids with screen mesh attached to it I recently cleaned my lobster's bin after a few years the bin was heavy due to roach poop well other than my hisser's the rest of the roaches were not meant to be pets I got them to feed my reptiles/critters I haven't gotten a new pet since summer 2016 due to $ issues so there's nobody to feed them to but I can't just let them die so I keep keeping them alive and to your question I've been keeping them for years they're not a problem except the space issue I got a lot of egg flats stored, if I needed cardboard I can go to costco they don't care if I take a shopping cart full of cardboard boxes, I feed them oats/carrots/potatoes & sometimes dog food when I said monetary & time investment I meant getting the bins and the roaches to start the colonies like for example I remember getting a few dubias for like $20 at the reptile store and my red runners were like $25 from a dubia site that no longer carries red runners was lucky to get them at the time plus the 45-50 gallon bins and the time waiting so they could breed enough to feed my beardies it was a lot of effort Once I tried selling my hissers to some guy cause they were breeding like crazy and the bin was overcrowded but since I had no way to transport them I didn't take them to him if someone rich offered me a good offer for all the colonies including what I paid for the bins I'd take it just to retake the space they occupy while I keep a few hissers as pets but my roaches aren't rare doubt anyone would want them so bad to pay a good price regardless I have so many I could have like 500 tarantulas and 4 bearded dragons and still there would be roaches left to eat for more critters
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    Red runner question

    Never heard of that, last time I fed them there was lots of males trying to escape with their wings due to the heat
  7. That's odd, I've had mine for years and they never chewed anything plus the vaseline keeps them at bay the only ones who like to chew the egg flats are my lobsters
  8. I checked Home depot's and lowe's plastic racks none of them fit my bins, steel racks are expensive and heavy so right now due to space I had to put 3 bins stacked one of them had pretrolium jelly melted I'm not sure if it was cause there's not enough ventilation or the weather If I could have my 4 bins in a rack it'd save space see the only reason I keep my roaches is cause it was a monetary & time investment since I no longer keep reptiles/critters there's nobody to feed the roaches to, for awhile I've been feeding my roaches twice a month regardless they keep breeding a lot those cinder block shelves seem like a good idea but we have earthquakes here so I don't think it'd be safe to stack 4 to 5 blocks in each corner I was hoping someone here would tell me a specific brand of racks according to my bin measures 😐
  9. I'm thinking to shrink my colonies because I no longer keep reptiles & invertebrates like in the past so can you guys help me telling me each roach's money worth for dubia, red runner and lobster? I'm not planning to sell by bulk but would consider 100 to 500 if some guy asked me I have no idea how many roaches I got left but lobster & dubia they seem like A LOT since you guys are the experts I figured you'd tell me how much 1 roach is worth or 50, 100, 200, 500 possibly bulks for each species
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    Red Runners on the loose

    The reason I have big bins, I bought them at big lots cheap, those same bins in walmart at normal price are pricy but these had a discount, yes I have lots of feeders but it hasn't gotten to the point I can't handle it, the ones that were breeding like crazy were my hissers right now the colony is lower than before because the screen mesh wasn't secured enough and red runners got inside the hissers bin they bred inside and must have caused stress or they probably ate the egg sacks now I have roughly 400+ hissers while before I had like 2500+ so that's actually good I already secured the hissers bin there was one small bin I wanted before, they had it at big lots but when I went a week afterwards they must've sold it cause I couldn't find it, I figured I saved $$$ getting those and I'm sure big lots still has lots of them if I go but at the moment I don't need a new bin, right now dubia are the ones that I have A LOT, got enough dubia to feed 25 bearded dragons or 100 tarantulas last time I cleaned the bin and changed the egg flats few months ago it was insane seeing so many dubia
  11. Hello I've noticed some of the red runners bred in my room, the other day I cleaned one of my rodents cage, there was babies and a few adults running around at the bottom (floor) then sometimes when I turn on the light I see babies on top of the containers of my other colonies I'm guessing some have escaped and some bred outside the bin should I be worried? would they infest me? we only had one infestation at home but that was cause a neighbor had the infestation at his home so when he tried to use chemicals to kill em all lots of roaches fled straight to us and other homes other than that we never had any kind of infestations, I'm hoping once winter hits in the last week of november they might not survive the cold weather cause I don't have a heather unless they get used to the weather? it also helps my room has lots of spiders and webs so lots of loose roaches get trapped there please I need good answers cause I don't want to get infested I think I'm regretting getting red runners now but lately I've been feeding red runners to my beardie and he loves them specially chasing them also hope they don't chew my wires/cables out of hunger that would suck cause I have my ps3 and speakers plugged at the moment
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    Vasoline vs. silicone

    I've alwaus used vaseline for my hissers and it works flawlessly, in summer it kinda melts but still they won't cross it over, whenever I clean the enclosure I use paper towels to remove the vaseline that way it won't be messy after you clean the enclosure
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    Red Runners on the loose

    That one is too small right now I'm using these for my hissers/red runners and lobsters Bin for my dubia I'm using this Bin wish I could take pictures but I have a crappy old camera like I mentioned before the small red runners must have escaped where the clippers are in the corners, those green clippers cause the screen mesh I put on top It's well sealed with tape
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    Red Runners on the loose

    What are those? like glue traps? I can't have glue traps on the floors or walls of my room cause the dogs might try to lick/eat them the other day some of my dogs were eating a dead periplaneta americana corpse
  15. Few weeks ago it was so hot that some giant roach got inside and it was terrorizing me in my room flying around the freaking thing flew straight to my face so I had to run off, then days afterwards I spotted another one in my room but this one didn't fly it lived in my room for some days and wasn't able to capture it sadly, it even got on my bed while I was playing video games, is there natural ways to repell these? without using harmful things like Raid I ask here cause I have pets in my room so I cannot use things like raid plus there's barely any ventilation here so it would make me sick to breath those harmful chemicals the only things I use are fly traps but those do not have a essence they're just sticky what are some recommendations? I think some get inside thru the bathroom cause the window there is broken so any help would be appreciated other method I know are the chinese chalks but I need more methods or maybe traps/things I could get to protect my room/windows mainly
  16. Awhile ago a guy from here said he was gonna make video tutorials on how to clean the red runner's bin and sort the roaches but he never did the other day I wanted to pick up a lot of males for my reptile but they run super fast I tried grabbing them by hand but every time they ran to hide I need to know how can I capture/sort them to feed my reptile? it would be the first time feeding him red runners I don't know if he's going to eat them due to their speed I always fed him superworms/dubia and fruits/greens
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    Red Runner sorting

    Because they run super fast and they can crawl thru most surfaces unlike dubia which are slow and don't crawl out of the containers
  18. I used to feed my hissing & dubia cat food but due to economically reasons I cannot longer afford that is it okay if I feed them dog food instead? we get huge bags of dog food I was wondering what was the difference between feeding cat & dog food or is there none?
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    Red Runner sorting

    Bearded dragon, and I don't think that method would work with red runners plus I don't have those containers with holes every roach is different It's like saying you can sort hissing cockroaches that way too while I bet it cannot be done unless you want to hurt them
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    Switching food

    I have oats too plenty of em but I don't use em much due to those annoying lil white bugs :(
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    Help me solve a problem

    Sadly I have the roaches in the same room but I could use that in other places outside of my room, if you got any brands, names and links you can recommend that'd be awesome :)
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    RR questions

    I tried 9 years ago to buy something off ebay and it required me to have a bank account or credit card in the end I couldn't buy what I wanted, I'm not sure how I'd sell on ebay never done it in my life in fact I never mailed anything other than envelopes with a stamp if it was easy I'd do it, the reason I wanted to sell the colony cause I was going on a trip for awhile but I'm not going anymore regardless I haven't gotten any new animals and 2 of my reptiles died so I'm having the overcrowding problem mine are kept in a 40 gallon sterelite bin
  23. I noticed my red runner colony is overcroading and it's been only 1 year but I've been having lots of adults at the top of the container they're not afraid of me anymore they just pop out of nowhere I sometimes have to shake the egg flats to scare them, last year I used to let the lid open while feeding now I cannot longer do that because the adults would most likely escape should I remove a lot of adults? what's the worst scenario of this? some even managed to reach/crawl to the screen mesh then I smack it to get them off them I also tried posting ads online to sell the whole colony cheap but nobody contacted me I started with 500 babies I probably have 2,000+ by now the other question was can males fly? cause I'm sure I saw some flying in the container but it could've been a moth dunno why but my container has a lot of moths inside