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Hi all, i have three roach colonies, one is of hissers, other is of lobsters, and the last is of red runners. I have noticed that the colonies of hissers and lobsters don´t have a particular smell, but the red runners colony (turkistan roaches) do have a particular pungent smell.

Also i am interested in to purchase soon a colony of dubia roaches. my question is: the dubia roaches do have a particular smell too? or they don´t have it? thanks, regards, Roberto.

 

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I thought the red runner was supposed to be a good replacement for smelly crickets?

Roachcrossing guide says that overcrowding and overfeeding are two of the many smell-producing causes. Superworms also have a bad smell sometimes, but I strongly suspect that  this is because dead bodies were not removed. When I kept superworm darklings as pets, there was never any foul odor from the cages.

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Try feeding less and put some clean up crews in and possibly lower the humidity or pick up dead roaches more often 

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If your roaches are smelling then it's likely because your feeding to much and not removing dead ones promptly. Also never mist egg crate, when it's wet it stinks something fierce.

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I have noticed roaches kept on egg cartons smell. My assumption is the carton absorb odors and such. My pantanals kept on wood, bark and coconut fiber do not. I have also noted the roaches that are kept dry smell more than those species that are kept humid. However I have not had many species to see if this holds true or if it's my keeping styles.

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If the smell is very strong you have a problem with your bin, but a big healthy colony will still have a faint smell. 

Dubia don't smell like red runners, a mature colony has a milder and more earthy smell.

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