Frequently asked questions...
All about Discoids
What kind of enclosure do I keep my Discoids in?
Get a Bin from Walmart or some other place or maybe you even have one at home. Discoids can not climb glass, really smooth surfaces nor do they fly. Put in some egg crates. Discoids are burrowing roaches so they do great with some bed-a-beast compressed coconut fiber.
What temperature do Discoid Roaches thrive in?
Ours are thriving in temperatures between 83 to 95 degrees. If you want to read more about what type of equipment to use to keep the temperatures up please Check here
How fast do Discoids Roaches sexually mature?
Discoids sexually mature within 4-5 months.
What do I feed them?
How many Babies can Discoids have in a month?
Discoids can have about 35 babies every 30 to 45 days.
Do Discoids lay eggs or give live birth?
Discoid babies are born live after hatching inside of their mother.
How do you tell Male and Females apart?
Males are generally smaller than females with his wings going past the tip of the abdomen while females wings are shorter than the abdomen. Females are much wider and thicker. The easiest and most effective way to sex them is by looking at their underside though. On the left hand side a Male Discoid and on the right hand side a Female Discoid Roach.
Can Discoids fly?
No. They can flutter while they jump but they can not fly nor climb smooth surfaces.
How about Humidity requirements?
Don't my Roaches need to drink?
Yikes! What's wrong with my Roach!? There is something hanging out of it's Butt!
Sometimes the pregnant female roaches will hang out their egg sack (called the ootheca) to help it harden. If all is well she'll pull it back in and either breed again or get's ready to give birth. Please do not mess with it as you could severly injure your Discoid. If the Roaches are stressed you could find a dispelled egg sack. In that case check your husbandry and make sure your temperatures look good, that the roaches aren't overcrowded and are well fed.
Is a brown egg sack a failed one?
Do Roach Babies hatch?
Yes, but not like you would think. Discoid Roaches give live birth once a month (or can depending on your husbandry). When the egg sack is ready it turns brittle, the babies hatch inside the mothers womb, come out and look like little white dots before they turn into brown roaches and the egg case get's dispelled.
How often do you change the bedding?
We don't! Babies thrive in Frazz (Roach Poop) it's what they nourish on in the beginning and it gives them the nutrions they need as well as makes them resilient. Unless you have a mold issue from left over food or something, there is no need to change it.
The Full Setup!
2. We use Exo Terra Eco earth, plantation soil or Coconut fiber husk - roughly an inch on the bottom.
3. We buy our Egg crates from here - they deliver fast and their egg crates are fantastic! https://www.ebay.com/itm/281719912801
4. We feed our own dry food (we will be selling that once we move and are settled in) but mostly our Roaches get organic greens, fruits and veggies every other day. We simply put those on top of our egg crates (Because of the sheer number of roaches we have have, nothing ever lasts longer than 30 minutes in their bins before its devoured). Make sure some gets down to the substrate for the babies!
5. For water we do two things. a.) We wash anything we give the roaches thoroughly but DON'T dry it off. b.) We have a 3 gallon sprayer that we mist the insides of the bins with. The roaches will come up and drink the water droplets.
6. Given where we live and that our Roaches are in their own barn unless it's winter we don't need a heat source here. We do have 3 heaters in there that we use in the winter to assure the temps don't drop below 76 minimum. We also have an AC Unit that keeps them below 100 degrees in the summer. We monitor the Barn with this
How do you deal with Bugs invading your bins?
We really don't have that issue. Our Barn is set up to prevent other animals from invading it by means of having most everything secured with screening on the actual building. That said, we DO have to go in and out of it and here is what we do should we find a stray critter:
Anole - we chase it out of the barn or if we can catch it, relocate it to outside.
Huntsman spiders - we catch and relocate to outside of barn.
We had ants once after a Banana feast for the roaches and we ended up greasing the feed of our plstic shelving. The ants left within days since they couldn't get up the bins and we haven't seen them since.
Fruitflies - So this I hear quite a bit from people. The best way to get rid of Fruitflies is to fill a Jar with Apple cider vinegar or some sort of apple or fruit juice. Take a bit of plastic/Seran wrap and put it tighlty over the jar opening with a ruibberband or whatever you have handy. Take a bbq skewer or toothpick and poke a few holes in the plastic. Big enough for them to get in but they won't be able to get out.
Mites - Luckily and we consider ourselves lucky we never had to deal with this. Should you have been invested with mites, the best way to do is the following: 1. Clean the bin by clearing it out comepltely, clean it to remove as many mites and eggs as possible. 2. Shake the Roaches gently - wipe them off if you can. 3. Reduce the Humidity. 4. Clean ALL surfaces. 5. Vaccum 6. Wash everything. 7. Avoid re-contamination. Plan B: Add some Ladybugs to your Roach Bins. They WILL eat the grain mites.
Do I need to wash the food I feed my Roaches?
What days do you ship?
We ship Monday through Thursday same day as long as the payment was made by 9am EST. We do not ship Friday or Saturday so we can assure that the Roaches do not have "additional lay over" before delivery since the Post office does not deliver on Sunday.
Do you ship oversees?
No, unfortunately we do not.
Do you have weather shipping restrictions?
Yes. We will not ship if the temperature is below 40 degrees. Also if we do ship in colder weather please be sure someone grab your package upon arrival or we can arrange for the Post Office to hold it there for pick up.
What is your Shipping policy in case something goes wrong in transit?
Of course we're going to work with you, above all your happiness and that of your reptile is the most important to us!
What can I do from my end to assure my Roaches remain alive?
Track your package online so you are prepared to receive it!!
I'm local, can I pick my Roaches up?
Hello fellow Floridian! If you're local just message us or leave us a note in your order and we'll make arrangements to meet up with you in Hastings at our Property but be sure to leave your number so we can reach you via Text.
When should I purchase an add on Heat Pack?
Anytime the temperatures are below 50 degrees you'll need to add a heat pack to your order. We sell them as add on's right where you can buy the Roaches in the shop. If it is below 50 degrees we can NOT guarantee live arrival and you may end up with a loss. We put a lot of love and effort into breeding our Roaches and we don't want them to perish during transit over something that is entirely avoidable so please add that Heat pack if your Temperatures are too cold.