Insect Rearing Rooms


Our insect rearing incubators offer reliable, efficient environmental controls for a variety of applications, including: microbiology, life science, drosophila-rearing, mosquito rearing, insect incubation, stock storage, biologic culture incubation and ALAAC, OLAW, USDA, NIH-compliant vivariums.


  • Temperature conditioning system can be serviced or relocated quickly, due to a pre-charged and self-contained design.
  • Available high temperature decontamination.
  • Heat provided to incubators through one of three ways: ambient heat, hot-gas bypass refrigeration, or electric heat.
  • Temperature ranges from 5° C to 60° C, 15° C to 37° C, 32° C to 60° C, etc.
  • Supplied with LED lights which emit significantly more light per unit of input energy than fluorescent bulbs. They also produce less radiant heat, and with less heat used, the cooling requirement for the controlled environment is diminished and the total energy used by an LED-equipped chamber is substantially reduced.
  • ADA compliance available with no additional cost to the customer.
  • Conditioning System Features: quick installation, extended reliability, efficient operation, precision control, simple servicing, low GWP, and low total cost of ownership.
  • Personnel emergency alarm: illuminated pull to reset push-button (inside room), control panel mounted visual and audible alarm. Includes glow in the dark label and a glow in the dark antimicrobial pull cord that can trigger alarm when pulled, a life saving feature for injured personnel lying on the floor.


Standard Features

  • 4-6” Polyurethane Insulated Panels
  • Embossed White Aluminum Interior Surface Finish
  • Embossed White Galvanized Steel Exterior Surface Finish
  • Exceptional Temperature And Humidity Uniformity
  • Temperature Control At Sensor / Set-Point: ±0.2° C
  • High / Low Alarms
  • Flexible Configurations
  • Complies With LEED Standards
  • Energy Efficient Offering-Lowered Maintenance Costs
  • Pre-tested, Pre-charged Refrigeration Systems
  • Non-proprietary Controls
  • Controls with Auto-tuning, Fuzzy Logic
  • CSA certified control panel (UL equivalent)

Optional Features

  • Humidity Control At Sensor: ±0.5%.
  • Added Dehumidification and/or Ultrasonic Humidification
  • Extended Temperature And Humidity Ranges
  • Stainless Steel / Special Surfaces
  • Ethernet / Remote Monitoring / Alarming
  • Corrosive Resistant Equipment
  • Added Redundancy in Controls and/or Conditioning
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Data Logging
  • Water-Cooled Or Air-Cooled Condensers
  • Custom Lighting Systems
  • High Density Shelving
  • Unlimited Door / View Window Sizing
  • Insulated Glass View ports
  • High Weight Capacity Flooring
  • Calibration / Validation / Maintenance Services
  • Touch Screen Control Interface
  • Electronic Door Lock with Data-Logged Access
  • High Temperature Decontamination
  • Antimicrobial Coating on door handle to reduce the spread of bacteria and pathogens.

The Darwin Advantage

All installed instrumentation is calibrated to NIST traceable standards and provided with a calibration form. In-house, factory calibrations are performed using state-of-the-art equipment with great accuracies. These reports are three-point verifications, traceable calibration documents.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Insect Rearing Rooms

What is the Main Purpose of Insect Rearing Rooms?

Insect rearing rooms are specialized facilities designed to create a controlled environment ideal for the breeding and study of insects. By providing precise control over temperature, humidity, and lighting, these rooms ensure the optimal conditions necessary for various research activities, including:

  • Genetic Studies: Exploring genetic variations and mutations.
  • Disease Research: Understanding disease vectors and transmission.
  • Agricultural Development: Improving pest control strategies.
  • Pollination Research: Studying the role of insects in pollination.
  • Environmental Impact Assessments: Evaluating the role of insects in ecosystems.

Insect rearing rooms help the successful growth, development, and reproduction of insects, facilitating detailed and accurate scientific research.

What Types of Insects Can Be Reared in Insect Rearing Rooms?

These rooms are engineered to accommodate a broad spectrum of insect species, from those requiring very specific environmental conditions to more commonly studied insects in entomology and agriculture. The flexibility and precision control of the environment within these rooms make them suitable for rearing a variety of species. including:

  • Fruit Flies (Drosophila spp.): Commonly used in genetic research due to their rapid life cycle.
  • Mosquitoes (various species): Studied for disease research and control measures.
  • Beetles (Coleoptera): Various species are reared for biological control studies and environmental impact assessments.
  • Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera): Important for pollination research and studying lifecycle metamorphosis.
  • Locusts and Grasshoppers (Orthoptera): Their rearing is critical for studying swarm behavior and crop impact.

What are the Maintenance Requirements for an Insect Rearing Room?

Your insect rearing rooms require regular maintenance to ensure its ongoing accuracy and efficiency. This includes the calibration of environmental control systems, cleaning to prevent contamination and disease, and inspections to identify and repair any equipment malfunctions. This can include:

  • Maintain specific temperature and humidity levels as required by the insect species.
  • Control light cycles (photoperiod) to mimic natural conditions suitable for the insects.
  • Ensure proper ventilation to balance fresh air intake while maintaining environmental conditions.
  • Regular cleaning to remove waste and prevent mold and disease.
  • Disinfect surfaces and equipment regularly, using insect-safe products.
  • Monitor for disease and pests, and implement quarantine for new additions.
  • Maintain detailed records of all environmental conditions and insect health.
  • Check and maintain equipment (e.g., lighting, climate control) to ensure functionality.
  • Educate and train staff on proper maintenance and care for the insects.

Proper maintenance ensures that the room continues to provide the precise conditions needed for successful insect rearing and research.