How we started
Looking back, Dubia Roach Depot began the day we picked up a box of Dubia roach feeders at a local reptile show in 2012. Our animals loved them, which was great, but a short time later we noticed something interesting: their health seemed better. They looked better. Their mood was better and their appetite was stronger. In short, our animals were livelier and more engaged.
So we fed them Dubia roaches for several months and we found that those initial positive effects remained. We suspected they were a result of the dietary change from mostly crickets and mealworms to Dubia roaches.
This idea excited us, so we hit the books and began researching Dubia roaches. We were looking for something to explain the health improvements we saw. Ultimately we found what we were looking for.
So after careful consideration and experimentation, we began breeding Dubia roaches. Our goal was a steady supply of feeders to our animals.
Fast forward a year…
Work on dubiaroachdepot.com began in 2013. Because we had worked in a technology/web related field, we drew heavily on that experience in the planning and development stages. The success of our own Dubia experiments was also significant, and we wanted to include our data and experience as a cornerstone of our website.
At the time, Dubia roaches were somewhat new on the scene, and we thought the herpotelogical (and related) community could benefit from a general understanding of this wonderful feeder species we’d come to know after countless hours of research, experimentation, and direct experience.
As a result, our visitors can not only buy the quality Dubia roaches we produce, they can learn more about them too!
This is how we started. Here is what we do:
What we do
We produce and sell what we believe are the most nutritious Dubia roaches available online. This is accomplished with the help of a nutritionally tailored roach chow that we worked very hard to develop and perfect over several years.
We also provide excellent service. Buying Dubia roaches on dubiaroachdepot.com is quick, easy, and virtually risk-free. We provide responsive customer service and generous product and service guarantees. These include the following:
- Orders over a certain amount ship free
- Most orders ship the same day they’re placed
- Each order is backed by a complete satisfaction guarantee
We believe the key to success is a great product and great service. Our goal is to provide both.
In addition to great roaches, great feed, and great service, we also offer a Guidance section. Here, visitors can read in-depth articles about about Dubia roaches. Topics include things like breeding, keeping, feeding, and gutloading. This is a valuable resource for people with a general interest in these subjects and for those who want to try feeding or a DIY breeding project but are unsure how.
How we do it
In short, we do it naturally with the help of a singular focus on optimum Dubia roach health through nutrition and environment.
After the initial batch of roaches from the reptile show in 2012, and after experiencing firsthand how happy and healthy our animals became after eating them, we started experimenting with various foods and gutload combinations. Our goal was to make Dubia roaches even healthier. We knew this could be done. However, not much was known about Dubia roaches at the time and we suspected production was not optimized in most cases. To that end, we conducted what is now over a hundred tests on all-natural, human-grade foods, food ingredients, and nutrient/food combinations.
Our goal is and always has been to create the most nutritious Dubia roach feeders for our animals and yours. To that end, we still test new ingredients. We still believe we can make further improvements to our roach chow that will improve the health and nutritional value of our roaches. That process remains today essentially what it was in 2012: We methodically test ingredients, observe results, then either accept or reject based on criteria we developed. Of course, we do this with an eye on growth and productivity.
The end result is an efficient and effective Dubia roach breeding program, strong, nutritious, and productive Dubia roaches, and a unique and very special roach chow that makes it all happen. While our method is not strictly “scientific”, it is empirical, methodical, and importantly…effective.
We have been fortunate to stumble upon ingredients during our tests that increase the health and vitality of our roaches. And we don’t just believe these things work, we know they work. The evidence is clear. We’ve seen it ourselves. It is true that healthy and productive Dubia roaches make better feeders. This is a win for both us and our customers.
Raising cockroaches professionally (of all things) has been interesting and strangely rewarding. Looking back on how we started with no cockroach knowledge and comparing that to where we are today with our breeding operation is a bit surreal. There’s a huge difference between what we knew then and what we know now. We’ve learned a lot, for sure.
Why we do it
Reptiles are our passion. Our Dubia roach experiment in 2012 started with a desire to feed our animals the most nutritious, health-promoting insects possible. After seeing the benefits on their health, and amid the success of dubiaroachdepot.com, Dubia roaches have now also become our passion. We believe in our products, and we want to share them with other animal owners.
Customers and visitors with questions relating to Dubia roaches are welcome to contact us via email or our website contact form. The same is true for business inquiries: either method will do.
We look forward to hearing from you!