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    Goodbye for now...

    I raised pigeons for a decade and came to the same place. The joy of keeping them left. The thought of having them was more exciting than actually having them.
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    Kyle getting back into business

    He’s been posting a lot on Facebook recently.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    I cannot believe how huge these are! This guy is bigger than my Eublaberus “pantanal” and my Blaberus fusca.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    I received 6 in December from Orin. I think the largest was maybe 1.5 inches. I’d say that guy is 3 inches.
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    At what point should you get Lateralis?

    I have had mine since December. So far I have only fed off males and a few nymphs. But for tarantulas and slings they are perfect. I keep mine in a hefty bin with egg cartons. It took me while to get the right humidity and temperature gradient. Now I have hundreds of nymphs. My adults are dwindling. But it appears their lifespan is months. I place a deli cup in the bottom on the bin and try to brush off feeders with a large paintbrush. Mine appear to ear carrots more than anything else.
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    I only use lights for heat sources. I do however use actual red heat bulbs. They will swarm under the lamp. I have used normal incandescent bulbs when the reds blew and the adults will get used to the brightness.
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    First grain mites woohoo.

    So my pile of oats in the corner of my red runner bin looked weird. I looked down at it and it was churning. Thousands of grain mites had turned yesterday’s oats into crumbles. I had them on coco fiber with oak leaves and bark. But now it’s boring egg cartons sigh.
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    Termite Problem

    Since your in Georgia I would assume they will be using liquid or baiting. Neither will be a problem. If they tented (fumigation) it would be a problem for everything living. I live in Kentucky and we only have subterranean termites so tenting doesn’t go one here.
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    First grain mites woohoo.

    Man they were crazy. It’s the first time I have had them in my two plus years of roach keeping. These red runners have been a challenge. First they were too dry, so I bumped the humidity and the babies came. Of course so did the grain mites. It seems there is a delicate balance in some species between heat, humidity and failure.
  10. So I keep finding empty ootheca that have been clearly eaten or gone all together. They have plenty of food at all times. Fish flakes, oats, potato flakes, cat food and dog biscuits. Fresh veggies and fruits given a few times a week. Kept on a thin layer of coco fiber with bark and dead oak leaves. Suggestions?
  11. I have now acquired a small start of Archimandrita tesselata. These are going into a 40 gallon long aquarium. My goal is to create an accurate as possible display vivarium. If anyone has any ideas feel free to elaborate. I’m looking for all information regarding; native plant species, habitat info, first hand in the field info. Considering live plants would be eaten I plan to buy high quality artificial. I am also beginning a driftwood hunt. I think it would be awesome to find a hollow stump or log to trim to fit. I will probably choose Costa Rico as the habitat to reproduce. Have any of you used sphagnum moss (the green mossy kind not the substrate kind) with roaches?
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    Red runners eating ootheca?

    Hmm it’s fairly dry
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    Unfortunately that’s hard to do in a tank of small millipedes because it’s jammed full of pedelings
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    I guess in reality the fungus gnat larvae are beneficial it’s just the adults are a nuisance
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    I’m always leery about things like that. I know it’s not chemical but. I can see the news now. Zombie apocalypse linked to the bacteria found in mosquito dunks. I am still trying to develop a trap that is out side of the habitats. I wonder about carnivorous plants ability to get a percentage of them?
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    New blood

    It’s actually interesting to think about. I have been in pest control for 17 years, and it seems the typical infestation only begins with one female.There was a 16 floor building in Louisville infested horribly with bedbugs (I know not roaches but insects so point remains). U.K. Entomologist department DNA tested them and determined they all came from a single ancestor. So it would appear insects do not suffer from inbreeding in the same way as vertebrates.
  17. A few questions. I read somewhere that Gyna species adults are day active. Is this correct? I’m getting two dozen nymphs. My options right now for housing are a 3 gallon exoterra or a 5.5 gallon aquarium. Donthe adults prefer branches above to live on or bark laid on the substrate amoungst dead leaves?
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    Periplaneta americana finds

    Very nice. I would keep them separate. If only to see if there are any differences between the two stocks. I never understood glue boards in a pet store. Is really worth catching a had full of occasional invaders to risk catching an expensive escapee lizard or snake? They say you can remove them but not before inflicting damage. There are typically safe places to use pesticides in a pet store without causing issues. Employee breakrooms, utility rooms the outside perimeter. There shouldn’t be pets kept in these areas. If you guys have a service with a professional company be aware he could be using cockroach bait. I wish I could find some of those
  19. These pictures remind me of a story my boss told me. He was having a horrible time getting rid of a P. americana infestation. So finally he decided to go down into this old houses crawl space. Inside he found a forgotten stash of dozens of pounds of potatoes harvested two years prior. With thousands of roaches tunneled all through them.
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    Capucinella delicatula

    Very nice. I am always on the hunt for a more alive roach terrarium. Do the nibble on them? Have you used them in with other roach species?
  21. I thought I would post some pics of my roach displays. Unfortunately at this time only the pantanals have enough adults to be seen. I want to fix a back drop but I’m not sure what to do yet. The big empty is a 29 gallon Blaberus fusca, the other 29 is Eublaberus “pantanal” and then a 3 gallon with Gyna caffrorum.
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    Some of my roach displays.

    I will have to take note next time of the weather. But yes it is crazy noisy.
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    Mantis questions.

    From my researching, it would appear mantis are seasonal insects. It seems you can buy mantid ootheca year round. Assuming they are viable do the hatch at the appropriate time or will they hatch earlier under certain conditions? Are there better times to buy them?
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    Some of my roach displays.

    Oh they are fun. When you sprinkle food on the substrate the nymphs and adults come pouring out of the ground like zombies, grabbing the oats and dragging it down into the depths. The adults from time to time go nuts! Running all over the tank full speeds. I’m guessing it’s cause some freshly molted female roaches have emerged.
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    Opisthoplatia orientalis enclosure

    Actually you can go to Walmart and get an inexpensive in tank filter that will run in a few inches of water. They are a little bigger than a small drink cup. They have an internal pump that sucks up water and it flows out the top like a water fall. You could place a slanted rock or two user it to get a riffle effect. You could do the same idea as I mentioned just would need a larger dish. Or you can fill the bottom with a layer of rock or gravel and keep the whole tank full of a few inches of water. The latter might prove harder to maintain with roaches. You’d be surprised the deals you can find of people selling used aquarium supplies on Craigslist. I love habitat design