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  2. Hello all you Roach enthusiast I was wondering if any of you could clarify how the Turkestan cockroach handle their Ootheca. I know that some species hold on to the Ootheca until they are almost ready to hatch while others just leave them around the place willy nilly. It is not easy to get a clear-cut answer on the internet regarding this so I hope you can help me. If anyone here could help me id be overjoyed. 😊
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  4. Crazy Bug Lady

    Three Hisser deaths in small colony

    I had a colony of eight males and had three die rapidly over about a three day period. I am thinking they just got too cold as our heat went out and it dropped to around 50 degrees F. I have since moved them to a new glass container with a heating mat, so I hope that will help. Any advice on what might be making them die off would be appreciated. I'm feeding fish flakes, roach jelly, carrots(not eaten) and clementines. I also mist at least once a day or more. Again, any advice would be great.
  5. JavaJavanica

    Howdy yall!

    I figured it was about time I make friends with other roach-admiring folk 🙂 I have roaches as feeders and pets. My currently kept species are G. portensa mutts, E. javanica, B. dubia, P. septentrionalis, P. nigra, P. sp Thailand, P. surinamensis, and some wild collected nymphs that are S. lateralis, Periplaneta americana, or a mixture of both! I am looking forward to adding more species to my collection this year!
  6. My wife got somewhat upset when she saw this book sitting on my pile of stuff. She reads Chinese... GREAT BOOK! I haven't read a lot of it but was stunned how much detailed info I found when I did look for something.
  7. Marlon

    Roaches vs Biocontrols

    From what I've read, neem can affect the roaches yes, and in high enough amounts, humans as well. It does break down over time that is typically much shorter than the life span of a roach (and longer than a spider mite), but don't know all the details. I'm keeping it away from mine. It can suffocate small insects but the main purpose is to disrupt them hormonaly, so it should work if you soak the soil in neem once in a while too. ATTENTION! Calling all mycophiles for advice on answering Kulture's questions!
  8. I tried to do a separation like this; I found it really difficult to separate eggs from frass, but I had let it go for a year. Also, the frass had a lot of small roaches buried in it. so I put a dark pot in it and they climbed in. For separating the males, I took the bin outside where it was about 3C / 37F (cold but not freezing). The activity was so low, the males were easy to remove by hand.
  9. OfficerKitty

    Unwanted Halloween Hisser Babies...

    I would gladly take any if you ever have unwanted babies again, I love hissers.
  10. Thanks! This is exactly what I was expecting. It all makes sense. I sincerely hope that one day, the more restrictive states will loosen the grip on having these lovable creatures! Have a great night!
  11. Kulture

    Roaches vs Biocontrols

    hey thanks for the response! i have spider mites too, but usually can handle them, rub them off or spray them with water or neem. I have been using neem, and it helps with the spider mites, and definitely knocks the whiteflies numbers down, but i cant seem to fully extirpate these things-im spraying twice a week, shouldnt need that much, 2-3 successive applications should get the job done. so the neem is not really working. i guess that brings up another question though- if i feed the roaches leaves and other scraps from my garden, after i have sprayed the leaves with neem, is consuming neem residues toxic to the roaches? i thought neem mostly works by suffocating bugs on leaves, coating them, and coating the leaves with a semi-protective layer...is this correct? i have tossed a few leaves in the roach bins without thinking about it, i havent noticed negative effects, but would hate to find out the hard way! anyway, so i was thinking a biocontrol fungus could work well, as it should multiply and spread on its own, colonize the flies, make spores and spread to other flies, etc. but then the spores will inevitably be in the air, and on me, and well the roaches are in the closet of the same room. it all depends really on whether these fungi are pathogens to roaches, might even come down to the specific fungal strains used. i tried to look up some science, but cant find any specific info. not sure if i want to be the one, sacrifice these roach colonies in the name of science... then i stumbled on these predatory mites, and thought they might be easier to manage, no airborne spores, and they might not even attack roaches, but cant find much info either. hoping maybe some roach experts here have some insight. all the fungi experts i know would just want to experiment haha. cant say i know any mite experts...
  12. Marlon

    Roaches vs Biocontrols

    A spider moved into my pot that had the white flies. It took a year or so but as the web grew, the more white flies became trapped until there were none. I've had more problems with spider mites and aphids. Ladybugs tend to wander off. I tried catching wild predatory mites and releasing them on the plants; was not worried about these guys at all, they are too small. I don't think I was able to get enough to make a difference, and wasn't confident in the end that it was ever going to work. Finally, I tried neem oil spray, being careful to not get it on my hands or clothes (but I did anyway) and washing hands and cloths after I sprayed it so I wouldn't get it on roaches. It doesn't kill the pests directly, it just messes with their hormones. After just one treatment, the aphids reproduction rate dropped dramatically and they almost disappeared, though in time, they did come back. Haven't seen any spider mites in a long time. I think I need to follow this advice to finally be aphid free https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
  13. There's no shortage of Floridians that hate Periplaneta americana, and I am certain they would be very against an even LARGER roach invading despite hissers being so charming. And you know how easy the babies escape. But the University folks are smart enough seem to think its just a matter of time before red runners, dubias, and hissers join all the other invaders. I'd be surprised if they already weren't on the loose somewhere there. Is this just another case of bureaucracy fighting a losing battle? My area here in Colorado has all kinds of rules, some make little sense, and there's so many its easy to break them. I'm probably breaking a dozen of them on a daily basis. Do they check? Rarely, only when someone complained once, or when I left a visible violation in plain view for quite a while. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2008-11-15-0811170176-story.html
  14. Marlon

    Best hygrometers?

    I used to sell Accurite digital thermo/hygrometers on ebay. It was also available at Walmart and a little cheaper than this similar model https://www.walmart.com/ip/Digital-Thermometer-4-1-2-H-2-1-2-W-ACURITE-00219CA/896347 I also used the digital one for incubating eggs and it did fine. I had one sitting next to an analog and the analog always seemed way off. Since I had boxes of the digitals, I didn't bother with any other analogs. I have another accurite I kept in the rabbit tent and it has survived a lot of mistreatment, being covered with dirt, rabbit poop, rained on, snowed on etc https://www.walmart.com/ip/THERMOMETER-DIGTL-LCD-ACU-RITE/33347929
  15. Kulture

    Roaches vs Biocontrols

    Hi all! i breed several types of Blaberidae roaches as feeders (dubia, discoids, orange heads, and pantanal). I also have an indoor garden. I have have had an increase in insect pests in my garden, particularly whiteflies and scale bugs, and dont typically use chemical pesticides. i have been interested in trying different biocontrol organisms to deal with the pests, but am worried they might attack the roach colonies as well! I have been considering fungi like beauveria or metarhizium, or predatory mites such as amblyseius. does anyone have any experience of info using these, could i use them in my garden without risk to the roaches, or will these wipe out my roach colonies?? any info is appreciated, thanks!
  16. Axolotl

    Best hygrometers?

    I'm looking to add at least one hygrometer to my bug room. I've seen a few reasonably priced and decently reviewed analog hygrometers online, but are they accurate enough for roaches? I'm looking at analog as it would be great to have one in each humid roach enclosure, but my gut says digital is the way to go - but I could only afford a few at the moment. Thoughts? Anyone have a brand/model to recommend of either version?
  17. Hi. Hopefully someone can help. I am planning on moving to Florida next month. I have two separate colonies of Madagascar hissing cockroaches both males and females. I found out that only males are permitted into the state. These are my pets and I would be sad to not take the females with me. They are my original hissers. These are my pets and I certainly don’t want to have to rehome my beloved females. So, does anyone have advice? Or suggestions? Are these people going to come to my house to make sure there are no females. Lol.
  18. Not affiliated with the zoo... just passing on the info. This might end tomorrow, Feb. 14th. https://bronxzoo.com/roach
  19. Not affiliated with the zoo... just passing on the info. https://bronxzoo.com/roach
  20. how do you seperate moisture from eggs and nymphs?
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  22. ChiManSam

    Dubia doesn't like straight chick feed

    Add Bee Pollen, 1 teaspoon per 2 cups of feed, they also go nuts for it and its nutritious.
  23. They are absolutely capable of noticing differences, changing their behavior, learning, and maybe even having basic moods or emotions, but I do think what is going on with them is not quite as complicated as what causes behavior for you or I. We are sort of designed to explain things in terms that we understand, so its very normal to assume another animal (or even another person) thinks the way we do, but it is rarely the case. I imagine he simply has less reason to do things now that there are no mature females around. He will likely perk up if other adult females are around, or when the nymphs get bigger. He might even be more active if there was another male for him to have territorial disputes with, although they may also fight too much. Right now he is likely just chilling, waiting for something that actually requires behavior. I don't think he is depressed, but they are somewhat social species, so I think they probably do the best when they live in groups.
  24. Well, I generally don't think my sense of smell is great, but it could be individual differences between us, or differences in our roaches and/or their environment. I do find the musty mothball approach to be interesting though. I can imagine that, and maybe some of the substrate has that kind of smell, but I just can't imagine that as a hisser smell. I'm going to have to do some bug sniffing later today and think about that.
  25. I find this interesting, because I’ve always felt like hissers smell like a musty closet with moth balls in it more than they smell of vinegar. I actually don’t mind the smell of them at all. The dead ones have a unique funk that is almost... Foul cheese-like. aoikirin, I would say most bug tanks do get an earthy, musty smell, (especially depending on the number of specimens in the enclosure) even when the tank is nice and clean. Perhaps try using a different substrate?
  26. Sadly, my large female hisser Cersei passed away from old age a few days ago. She was very healthy, my tank has no mold or grain mites. I’m absolutely devastated, but oddly enough, my male roach Jaime seemed to be depressed as well? Perhaps I’m projecting, but I’ve noticed behavior changes. It’s not due to sickness, because he’s still eating and walking around, he just seems to show no interest in doing anything but that and sitting in the food dish. He has not been very chatty and doesn’t want to be handled. This situation feels unique because I rescued him, then bought her because he seemed very lonely. If you keep up with my posts, they had two broods of nymphs together. He has her last brood in the tank with him currently. Could he be confused about where she went? Or am I just projecting emotions onto my roach? I’d only like to know in case I should get another female for him. I had been trying to start my own hisser colony. If I get a new female, she shouldn’t bother the nymphs from my deceased hisser, right?
  27. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Roachy Horde

    Parcoblatta notha Adult female Adult female carrying ootheca Adult male Large nymph Small nymphs
  28. Been keeping them for years, here and I find a male body dead, escapees don't last long, on the other hand I have more Madagascars escaping and surviving.
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