How to: Using Buffalo Beetles as a clean up Crew
To keep a Dubia roach colony healthy, it is important to maintain cleanliness and prevent the growth of mold and fungus. This is where buffalo beetles, also known as lesser mealworms, come in.
Buffalo beetles are small, dark-colored beetles that are commonly found in the wild. They are also known as Alphitobius diaperinus and are a natural form of pest control. These beetles will feed on any mold or fungus that may grow in the enclosure, as well as any dead roaches, which helps to keep the colony clean and healthy. This helps to ensure that the colony remains healthy and produces high-quality feeder insects.
Another benefit of using buffalo beetles is that they are low-maintenance and easy to care for. Unlike other pest control methods, buffalo beetles do not require any special care or feeding. They can be introduced to the Dubia roach colony and left to do their job. This makes it an easy and convenient way to maintain a healthy Dubia roach colony.
It's important to note that buffalo beetles reproduce quickly, so it's important to keep an eye on the population and remove any excess beetles to prevent them from becoming a problem themselves. A good rule of thumb is to have at least two times as many buffalo beetles as Dubia roaches in the colony. This will ensure that the beetles have enough food to survive, but not so many that they become a problem.
Buffalo beetles compared to Dermestid beetles which are often thought to be the same since they look very similar, they have one main key difference. Dermestid beetles can fly when temperatures are around or above 70 Fahrenheit. Which of course makes them more of a problem compared to Buffalo beetles that don’t fly regardless of temperature. This is why we personally choose Buffalo beetles.
In conclusion, buffalo beetles are a great natural form of pest control for Dubia roach colonies. They help to keep the colony clean and healthy by feeding on mold, fungus, and dead roaches. When used properly, buffalo beetles can be a valuable addition to any Dubia roach colony. They are easy to care for, reproduce quickly, and provide a variety of benefits that help to ensure a healthy and productive Dubia roach colony.
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