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I've been keeping my hissers in a plastic critter keeper but recently a few females finally had babies and was concerned about escapees so switched all the nymphs to a 32 ounce deli cup with a cloth mesh top and am now haveing mold problems. how do you all keep yours?

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I think it helps to keep the tank appealing to them. Why move if you've got everything you need at home?

But otherwise (beyond vaseline), I don't have any specific advice.

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they constantly have oranges, carrots, dog food, and sometimes Repashy's crested gecko diet. they have plenty of hides. idk how to make it more appealing.

i think if i get some non-metal screen from home depot (like for a screen door) cut it to size and put it between the lid and the container then rubber band it in place i think my problems will be solved. what do you think?

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I use a bit of window screen rubberbanded in place on my gallon jars with "pesty" species (they also have petroleum jelly under the rim!) and that seems to work for them. Never tried it with the hissers.

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i did have Vaseline in the critter keeper, but the nymphs just walked right over it and were hanging out on the lid, anything else that works? ive seen a Teflon paint does that work?

There is something called Fluon. It's used in labs to keep ants contained so It should work great for roaches. However, it's very expensive compared to petroleum jelly. Personally I think this is overkill for any roach species. If vaseline doesn't work just get a container with a very tight fitting lid and mesh for ventilation.

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