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About Marlon

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    Cybernetic remote controlled battery powered spy roaches. And cute fuzzy bunnies.
  1. @Hisserdude don't ruin our first chance to have genuine Dubissers !!! HISSBIA FANS UNITE! I vote we try to GMO them to glow in the dark too.
  2. I was thinking about putting a loop of clear tape on each door edge to make a flexible gap filler it might work out ok. I haven't tried it yet though. wall _____ |_|(___ <door ^ that does not look how I wanted it to
  3. I like my hissers like I take my coffee. Most of mine are this cultivar.
  4. Put a football game on TV and set out some cold beer?
  5. I found a screen door in the trash last year. I used a jug and some rubber bands to cover the jug opening with the mesh. Not convenient but it held my dubias until I got a proper bin and found my glue gun. some old thin cloth can work too.
  6. WOW
  7. Amazing that they were able to recover after so long being down. That's a good lesson! They are beautiful. Really surprising story. Along those lines, I was humbled recently by one of my rabbits; she got in a bad fight and got torn up really bad. I could see exposed toe bones and a large section of thigh muscle. She lost a lot of fur and it was below freezing every night. Wound dripping with puss, I could see muscle tissue and tendon drying out due to contact with the winter air. Time to put her down. But, I didn't have time that moment and she was one of the prettiest little girls I've had, so I put her in a cage and she ate heartily. I thought she would succumb to infection, but to my surprise, over a period of 6 weeks, she's managed to make a miraculous recovery with no antibiotics. Animals (including roaches) are amazing.
  8. Hmmm. I think my twigs might have been in the peat now that I think about it. However some Amazon reviews also reported a stray twig and some sprouts. If I see another sprout maybe I'll replant it and see what it is.
  9. I got the 10lb block on Amazon (made in India) and use a saw to cut small chunks off. It expands because it is mechanically compressed for shipment, but it doesn't shrink that much when it dries. Like those little towels for children that come compressed into some entertaining shape, but add water and it turns into a regular cheap hand towel. For some reason I feel the compulsion to add sphagnum peat to it. Mine has a few small twigs and weed seeds in it, no big deal.
  10. To be fair, I have seen homes in India that hissers could live in. I am curious about those dreaded diseases though, I'd like to know which ones! Also, think about the mentality of some of their potential customers; my step sister moved into a home that had spiders... exterminator convinced her that because her house was at the bottom of the hill, the rain washed all the spiders downhill and that's why they infest her house, so she decided they had to get a different house. She also thought her dirty younger (mentally challenged) brother should be avoided because he might have "bacteria". Her father concluded "My daughter is an idiot". I assume they get idiots contacting them all the time declaring all kinds of nonsense. So, how do we have fun with them?
  11. Pyrethrin half-life in soil is usually measured in days; if it stays dry (away from microbes) it can last a lot longer. Diazinon in weeks. Neonicotinoids, however, may last for years in soil, and DDT is still out there. There are many kinds that have been used but most of the time its those first two. Some pesticides do have residuals so repeated low amounts can theoretically do harm. Personally i don't worry much unless it is from a well tended immaculate lawn, or near a non-organic farm. I know my yard has been pesticide free for 5 years, and I can tell the worst thing the neighbors use is a flea collar.
  12. Actually for a while I've been contemplating feeding some of them rabbit dung. (The roaches, not the kids) I've found BSFL and superworms will eat it readily if it is fresh / damp. The BSFL relish it soaked in stale beer. And of course, various other flies and beetles live on it in their larval stage no problem so its gotta be good; some dogs eat it too. I am also considering growing portabello mushrooms in the stuff; those are normally grown in manure. Supposedly at least some of the fly larvae make the waste safer by consuming it. My wife just made the point that some of her Chinese coworkers won't eat catfish or crayfish because they are poop eaters. But chickens may also peck through poop, and you are eating the meat, not the stuff they ate to make the meat, so what is the problem? (surprisingly logical for her) That's not that I am commenting either way on anyone here frenching their roaches. Love is love. But if you take it farther than that, please, no pics! At least not here. Or at least post a warning first.
  13. My daughter is still in diapers. My youngest son gets constipated with short bouts of surprise diarrhea. I have a 17 year old dog that can't go outside anymore and goes on pee-pads, then sometimes steps in it and walks around the house. I have 20 rabbits in the back yard that make bunny berries all day long (easily 10 lbs a day), and its below freezing most nights so it doesn't break down in winter, and in summer it hatches tens of thousands of flies that go everywhere. Every morning the rabbits eat some of their own poop to keep their intestinal flora healthy. And now that it is cold, mice keep invading the house leaving little rice sized black and brown gifts for us. My older kids keep leaving leftover food and dishes everywhere around the house, which of course the mice eat. And BTW, I do have bats in the rabbitat in the summer. What "dirtiness" are you talking about?
  14. I thought the reddish mites were normally the ones that go hunting for other mites..