Dubia roaches loaded with Mega Roach Gut Load deliver a nutrient-rich, densely-packed meal to your animals. Our gutload contains vitamins, minerals, and other micro, macro, and phyto-nutrients captive insectivores need for good health.
We formulated Mega Roach Gut Load with two goals in mind. First, to mirror an insectivore’s natural prey as close as possible. Second, to provide extra helpings of the vitamins and minerals so often deficient among captive insectivores.
Our in-house Dubia roach chow serves as the base for Mega Roach Gut Load. This is a thoroughly researched and tested roach chow that we use in our own Dubia roach production. From there we add ingredients containing vitamins, minerals, and other substances insectivores need for good health. We pay particular attention to the “nutrients of concern” for captive insectivores. We also use whole foods where possible. Only after reaching a certain “natural limit” with foods do we add supplements.
For example, instead of just calcium powder, Mega Roach Gut Load has calcium from chia seeds and alfalfa. Rather than just beta carotene, it contains other carotenoids from dried carrots and kale. Rather than just vitamin E, it has gamma-tocopherol from walnuts and alpha-tocopherol from almonds. You get the idea. We add nutrients in their natural form where possible. The result is a Dubia roach gut load with a range of beneficial nutrients as we believe they are likely to occur in the wild.
And then, where necessary, we supplement. For example, it’s hard to get enough calcium from food alone, and attempting that would upset the balance of other nutrients. We go as far as we think we can with natural substances and then supplement as needed.
We created Mega Roach Gut Load for use on our own animals. Though it’s designed with Dubia roaches in mind, we also use it with other insects. It has worked very well for us.
Mega Roach Gut Load is rich in the following nutrients:
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Sea Salt & Minerals
- Vitamins A, B12, D3, and E
Nutrition for your animals
This is a true gut load. As such, it is not meant for raising or sustaining roaches. Always feed Dubia roaches a diet of fruits, vegetables, and/or a proper roach chow. Do not attempt to raise them on this (or any) gut load. Gut loads are meant to enhance the nutritional value of the captive insectivore’s diet, not raise insects.
The ideas behind Mega Roach Gutload
The best sources of nutrition for insectivores are wild insects. These almost always have undigested plant matter in their guts. In captivity, some nutrients need supplementation, but we can apply this principle to create a better insect gut load.
This is because insectivores evolved eating partially digested vegetation along with the insects. It follows that they probably need need at least some vegetation for optimum health. Further, the idea that insect digestion improves nutrient bio-availability is also reasonable. It seems unlikely that insectivores get nothing from the partially digested plant matter they consume. On the other hand, it would make a lot of sense if their health evolved to depend on this “second-hand meal”. Health problems are rampant among captive insectivores, which seems to support this theory. Clearly, something is missing from their diet.
We chose ingredients for Mega Roach Gut Load in part on this theory. We also referenced nutrition data from herpetological and other scientific research. All ingredients survived a rigorous testing regimen involving our roaches and our animals.
Mega Roach Gut Load compliments our Dubia roach chow. We designed and tested it with Dubia roaches, but you can use it with other feeder roaches or crickets.
Storage and use
Store Mega Roach Gut Load in the freezer inside an airtight container for maximum freshness. This is especially true for long-term storage.
Combine with water and serve to your insects as a paste to boost uptake. The more they pack in, the more nutrition they will provide to your animals.