Cockroach Breeding Manual Techniques


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Breeding cockroaches is easy isn’t it?. Well this is mostly true, however managing them can be another matter!. Many of us start out cockroach breeding struggling to maintain a messy cleaning routine (and their odours), and have trouble containing these unruly critters.

“The Complete Cockroach Breeding Manual” overhauls every aspect of cockroach production covering food, container/food/water design, cleaning and harvesting (See below sections for further details).

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40 Ways to Breed Cockroaches With Less Effort (Summary of book content)

Below is a summary of the ways you will be able to save time and effort breeding cockroaches with our comprehensive guide.

Food and Water Requirements

  • 4 different food/water dispensers to choose from which covers small and large scale production.
  • how to build a food tray with removes all wet/dry food and water together for quick and easy maintenance.
  • Our automated feeding/watering dispensers, allows you to feed cockroaches for over 2 weeks unattended if necessary (i.e. good for going away on holidays). They are inexpensive to build, durable and designed not to spill. They dispense food at a controlled rate which saves money, reduces the frequency for refilling and improves hygiene.
  • 7 different methods/tools to feed cockroaches to your animals quickly and easily (and filter them to the right size).
  • Learn essential nutrients for cricket development, how to purchase food in bulk and store/process them properly to save wastage and money.  Food recipes for standard and fast growth, gut loading and dusting.
  • Tables outlining the nutritional content of key food groups such as dog, cat and chicken layer dry foods.
  • Detailed instructions and photos how to build containers.


  • Learn our unique breeding method which maximised production and minimises maintenance.
  • Learn the essential management secrets which ensures productive and consistent breeding.

Container Design and Construction

  • Learn the 6 essential design considerations for an efficient container which is durable, maximises growth rates, and saves time in maintenance and feeding activities.
  • Some of the items covered includes how to maximise ventilation and air flow, easy access ports for feeding and removing cockroaches.
  • Detailed instructions and photos showing how to build step by step.

Heating and Storage

  • Tables which provide the various temperature thresholds to manage a cockroach colony
  • Advantages/disadvantages for 6 different heating systems including free solar options. Find out the best method for productive cockroach production.
  • Learn the thermodynamic principles for efficient heat conservation.
  • 20 methods to reduce your heating costs.
  • How to estimate your heating costs and manage excessive heat.
  • How to store breeding containers so they are easy to access and feeding can be done without opening the lid. This will allow numerous containers can be stored into a tight configuration, to save space or to increase the number of containers.


  • 2 different cleaning systems reduces maintenance to only a few minutes for each breeding container.
  • Food and water dispensers can provide food for up to 2 weeks, reducing the need for food/water changes.
  • Feeding methods allows 10 containers of cockroaches are able to be fed wet food in just 90 seconds.
  • Systems to remove all cartons together for quick and easy maintenance.
  • Devices to separate small and larger cockroaches from detritus and food during maintenance. This allows more animals to be returned back to the colony.
  • Systems to streamline cleaning for both small and commercial scale.

Grading and Commercial Production

  • Learn how to quickly separate cockroaches from their cartons without  escapees and with minimal effort.
  • How to make 3 different types of filtering devices to sort crickets on a commercial scale or smaller quantities to feed your animals.
  • Make a cockroach counting device which makes estimating cockroach numbers easy and hassle free.
  • Two systems to calculate cricket numbers (for small scale and large scale production).
  • 3 different packaging and storage methods for dispatch to clients.
  • Full details how to manage a commercial colony from breeding, maintenance, grading, dispatch, transport and marketing.
  • Outlines what you need to consider for commercial production and the expected expenses and potential income.
  • Over 14 tips how to market cockroaches and find clients.
  • How to keep detailed records and efficiencies to maximise profits.
  • Example promotional material to help market your cockroaches.

Pest Management

  • Detailed information on how to manage all major pests and diseases, which can result in the failure of consistent cockroach breeding.
  • Our clever container design prevents pests from entering.
  • Details how to build ant exclusion devices and micro-fly traps to prevent infestations.
  • How to maintain genetics and maintain productivity


  • How to choose the best species to for cockroach breeding. Advantages and disadvantages between different species.
  • Diagrams and photos of the anatomy of a cockroach and how to distinguish between female/male, adult and medium cockroaches.
  • Understand the lifecycle, breeding and behaviour characteristics of cockroaches to reduce deaths and increase breeding success.
  • Find out the best temperatures to maximise egg viability and growth. The best heating methods to increase productivity.
  • The main nutrient and environmental conditions for productive breeding.

Lots and lots more!!

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