Killing cockroaches for food

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Sethinski
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Killing cockroaches for food

Post: # 47219Post Sethinski
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:31 pm

I have a Dubia cockroach colony that I used as feeders for my pets but as most of them go to a large reptile, I don't kill them first. So my question is, how would I kill them in a way that the ants could consume them easier? Sorry if this question has already been asked i just don't know.

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Re: Killing cockroaches for food

Post: # 47226Post Batspiderfish
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:29 pm

Freezing works well.
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Re: Killing cockroaches for food

Post: # 48819Post antnest8
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:23 pm

Sethinski wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:31 pm
I have a Dubia cockroach colony that I used as feeders for my pets but as most of them go to a large reptile, I don't kill them first. So my question is, how would I kill them in a way that the ants could consume them easier? Sorry if this question has already been asked i just don't know.
i have faced this problem myself because i feed my colony's mealworms and i can;t bring myself to kill them so i just stick them in the freezer for about 5-10 minuets and the mealworms are dead and ready to be cut up.
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Re: Killing cockroaches for food

Post: # 50032Post JoeHostile1
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:22 am

I’d freeze them for much more than 10 minutes though. One time I froze meal worms for that amount of time and they were frozen solid. I gave them to my ants and 20 minutes later they recovered and were squirming all over the place. I had to take them out and freeze them for longer. Although cutting them up probably prevents them from recovering lol.
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