Dubia roaches can go weeks without food, but they won’t survive long without water. Water crystals are a great way to hydrate your Dubia roaches and keep your colony healthy.
As you may know, Dubia roaches can meet their water needs with fresh vegetation. But there are issues with fruits and vegetables. They may be costly or unavailable in certain areas or times of the year. Their use takes some effort, planning, and knowledge, and they can go bad fast. This can lead to rot and other problems in and with the colony if you don’t keep a close eye on food consumption.
Water crystals are good at raising humidity in Dubia roach colonies. If you live in a dry climate or have low humidity in your home, water crystals can help increase it. Dubia roaches don’t need super high humidity to survive, but they tend to be picky when it comes to breeding. Dubia production slows when the air is too dry. In most cases, when humidity is low in a colony, adding a dish of hydrated water crystals will raise it.
There are a lot of good reasons to use water crystals for Dubia roach hydration. Maybe some of the issues above resonate with you. Or, maybe you just prefer them, or you want a break from providing fruits and vegetables. Whatever the case, water crystals are a cornerstone hydration method among Dubia roachkeepers.
They have been around for a while. They’re made of a non-toxic polymer that absorbs many times its own weight in water. And they can last a long time. In gardening, they’re mixed with soil to increase the moisture content and work for up to six years.
We carry a large size water crystal because it tends to work better than smaller sizes. Large crystals are firmer than the small ones. They hold water a bit longer, they tend to not go foul as fast, and Dubia roaches drown in them less often. The smaller the crystal size, the more it tends to form a “soup” that traps the roaches.