We frequently get asked if folks can keep their Roaches in their garage or outside. The short answer is yes, but there are times you'll need to take precautions, especially during the hot heat of summer! Below are some suggestions on how to cool down your colonies if needed!
Discoid roaches (Blaberus discoidalis) are tropical insects that thrive in warm and humid conditions. However, during hot summers, you might need to take some measures to keep them cool and ensure their well-being. Here are some tips to help you maintain an optimal environment for your discoid roaches during the summer:
Temperature regulation: Keep the roach enclosure in a cool and shaded area of your home. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight or near heat sources like radiators or electronics that generate heat. You can use a thermometer to monitor the temperature inside the enclosure and ensure it stays within the recommended range for discoid roaches, which is typically between 75°F to 90°F.
Provide good ventilation: Adequate ventilation helps dissipate heat and maintain airflow within the enclosure. Ensure that the enclosure has proper ventilation holes or a mesh screen on the sides to allow fresh air to circulate.
Use a fan: Placing a small, low-speed fan near the roach enclosure can help improve air circulation and keep the environment cooler. Be sure not to position the fan directly on the roaches to avoid causing them stress.
Hydration and moisture: Discoid roaches require a humid environment, but excessive humidity combined with high temperatures can be detrimental. Ensure that the substrate in the enclosure is moisture-retaining but not soaking wet. Use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels and adjust as needed to keep it between 40% to 60%.
Cooling elements: You can introduce cooling elements in the enclosure to create a more comfortable environment. For example, you can place a shallow dish with water-soaked sponges in the enclosure. As the water evaporates, it can help lower the overall temperature.
Frozen water bottles: Place frozen water bottles wrapped in a towel inside the enclosure. This can provide a cooling spot for the roaches to rest against during hot periods.
Monitor the roaches: Keep a close eye on your roaches during hot days. If you notice signs of stress, such as lethargy, sluggish movement, or clustering in one area, it's essential to take immediate action to cool down their environment.
Remember that discoid roaches are hardy insects, but extreme temperatures can still be harmful to their health. By providing a cooler and more comfortable environment, you can help ensure the well-being and thriving of your discoid roach colony during the hot summer months.
Mel & Chris