Beetles in B. Lat's enclosure

Andy00

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About a month ago I ordered red runner roaches (blatta lateralis) from dubiaroaches.com and with them I got a whole lot of these beetles. When I noticed them I thought they were some sort of clean-up crew. They are reproducing pretty fast and they do share the food that I give to the lats. I was just wondering if these are in fact helpful because they clean up or if they are bad and I should get rid of them/how. Thanks :) image.jpeg
 

Ellenantula

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Dermestid beetles. What's the white/silvery soapy-looking stuff?
 

Andy00

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From what I've read they help decompose. So they do clean up the dead roaches...?
 

Ellenantula

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Yes, they are the clean up crew. Got so distracted by the magic carpet I forgot to answer original question. lol
 

Kumo Punch

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I've had them hitch hike on an order of roaches as well. Just think of them as a bonus
 

Tenevanica

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Dermestid beetles are of no harm to live roaches, and act as an effective cleanup crew. I wouldn't let them in my house though because I have a vast dead insect collection that the beetles would just see as a buffet on skewers.
 
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