Cricket Breeding Training 

Lesson 9- Should You Breed Crickets and Cockroaches?

Why not have the Best of Both Worlds?

So the next questions is why not have a container of crickets and a container of cockroaches side by side??… Imagine breeding all the crickets and cockroaches your animals desire, guilt free!! So let us have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both species to see if you would like to breed both. We have also bred cockroaches and mealworms for over a decade and have learnt how to breed them with much less effort and cleaning than ever before. The great news is that most of the methods we use in breeding crickets can also be used for cockroaches…so you don’t need to build any more components.

cockroach and crickets

Producing both live foods will provide your animals or customers with better options. Both crickets and cockroaches have advantages and disadvantages as outlined below:

Live food type




  • Due to their jumping habit,   crickets are often more effective at stimulating natural hunting behaviour   than cockroaches or mealworms.
  • Some animals are fussy eaters   and will only eat crickets, while refusing other live foods.
  • Crickets will generally be more   active and move around   the container, making them more available to be taken by animals.
  • Generally don’t have the “yuck”   factor associated with cockroaches
  • Have a quick start up time, only   requiring 6 to have an established colony.
  • Unable to climb many smooth   surfaces (unlike cockroaches) and are consequently easier to manage and   contain. This results in fewer escapees.
  • Prolific breeders that have a   quick breeding lifecycle and fast production rate. A breeding colony can   generally be set up within 6 weeks.
  • For commercial production (batch system) require additional maintenance (spraying and set up of breeding trays).
  • Our “Zega Substrate Breeding System” has a similar maintenance requirement as cockroaches.
  • Are not as robust as cockroaches and generally require better and more consistent management.
  • Have a relatively slow start up time, requiring around 6 months or more to establish a productive colony.
  • Have a relatively short shelf life, living for around 2-3 months.
  • Require higher quality wet foods (no fermenting or soggy foods)
  • Can be difficult to separate (grade) old large crickets which are close to dying and younger adult crickets which can be used for sale (when using a breeding method which has mixed aged groups in a single container)

Are not social, and will cannibalise if housed in high densities where proper management strategies are not in place.


  • Are more   robust than crickets and if neglected they are more likely to survive.
  •   Less   maintenance requirements for commercial production (i.e. no breeding trays   required).
  •   Can be fed   with a wider range of foods and of a lower quality than crickets (can tolerate   fermenting and soggy foods).
  •   Are long   lived, living for many months or years depending on the species.
  •   Very   productive.
  •   Liked by   most insectivorous animals.

Are social,   able to be housed in high densities without significant cannibalism.

  •   Cockroaches   quickly scuttle under cover and out of reach from your animal.
  •   Cockroaches   are able to scale many smooth surfaces and are more difficult to contain and   manage.
  •   Without proper management, they can escape   from the breeding containers. They can then establish themselves in a house.
  •   Some people   have a “yuck” factor associated with keeping cockroaches.
  •   A breeding   colony can take 6 months or more to establish.

Without proper management, can smell.

Breed Cockroaches with Less Effort, Smells and Escapees!

Cockroach breeding Training-book cover

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 odors), 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 our Breeding Cockroaches

page for details on how to breed cockroaches with much less effort, and our free Cockroach Breeding Course.

 Breeding Mealworms

Another important species to consider to increase food diversity is Mealworms. We are currently developing “The Complete Mealworm Breeding Manual” which will greatly increase your knowledge of how to breed mealworms and super worms with greater consistency and ease. As with all our Feeder Insect Book Series, we will overhauled every aspect of mealworm production. For more details see our Breeding Mealworms page.


Our new manual will improve existing methods and outline a number of techniques to grow, filter mealworms/super worms into various sizes and reduce cleaning. If you would like a copy of this manual, please send us at and we will let me you know when the book is ready for purchase.

mealworm breeding manual

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  • A Book sample with includes the books contents. 
  • 50 techniques our books will provide you to save time and effort.
  • How to access free videos when you purchase the books
  • How to breed crickets and cockroaches using the same materials.  

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