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  1. Thank you for sharing this! I have a new addition to my roach pin collection.
  2. I've had success with inexpensive weed control fabric. Not the plasticy stuff, but the fibrous gauzy black fabric. It keeps tiny nymphs in too. I just use a glue gun on the edges, smooshing the fabric into the glue as I go.
  3. I'm not sure what the exact requirements are for T's, but some reptiles can develop gout if fed a steady diet of roaches raised on cat /dog foods. The chick starter is a nice fill in between fresh food or mixed into a chow. Maybe skip the bunny pellets. Even when I ground them up to powder, all of my roaches stopped eating it after a few servings. Hope this helps.
  4. I'll do a test of a variety of techniques and report back. Just have to wait for the gnats to bloom again.
  5. Why do I get the feeling this is just wonky AI? November 21st, 2021: Terminix becomes self-aware. ... They just need someone with google skillz to correct the stock phrases in their chat program (?).
  6. That's a clever idea. I haven't had much luck keeping carnivorous plants alive, but let me know if you try that! I swear by the officially "fungus gnat traps," which are just yellow sticky boards. You can find them on Amazon. I hung one in the roach room and it was almost covered by day's end. I did look into the beneficial nematodes that keep the gnats under control, but they will also affect roaches - they only list the big three in the literature (German, American, Oriental), but I imagine they'd adversely affect all species.
  7. I can't speak to the Blaberus, but the Gyna reproduce extremely fast. Each birth can have up to 200 nymphs. I started with 6 tiny G. centurio nymphs 9 months ago and now have several thousand. They don't need a ton of space due to being so small, and I bet they would be great feeders for dart frogs or other small herps, but they spend a lot of time buried in the substrate so you might not see them out during the day. If you're looking for a nice display species, I would recommend hissers (especially G. grandidieri) or Blaberus giganteus. Both are huge, active and stay out in the open most of the time. Plus, the B. giganteus wings fluoresce under blacklight. If you wanted to keep populations in check, you could go with males only. I'd love to see your 55g setup when it's done. I'm working on designing a large multi-species terrarium myself, so I'm always looking for new ideas.
  8. I'll give the mosquito dunks a try. Do you add them to the water being used in the enclosures? Or do they leave a bowl of treated water out to catch them? I had good luck with the yellow sticky boards, potato slices (larvae swarm to it then you just throw them out) and just generally drying things out a bit (tricky with the beetle grubs, but I just added a dry top layer). Initially I just let them be, as I figured they were something of a clean up crew, but they gradually got out of hand. Good to know you haven't had trouble with them and roaches, as I suppose I'll always have a few around.
  9. Love this video. Look at those legs! Thanks for sharing this.
  10. Just weighing in on the peat. I use it in the substrate for beetle grubs, and it usually comes with fungus, which then draws fungus gnats, which are horrible to get rid of as they will move on to moist substrate roach enclosures. I've spent all winter battling them. I would vote to skip it even if you sterilize it first. Peat is rotting organic matter, so you may end up with fungus gnats eventually anyway. Unless you're using it bone dry. That I've had no problems with.
  11. No cause to worry. It's a male breeding/territory thing. I'm not entirely sure what they are doing ... Maybe sending out pheromones/chemical cues that they are ready to breed? I've seen males doing this both in colonies and when kept solo. It's hilarious to watch. They do look like they're doing push ups! Just part of their charm.
  12. I haven't noticed any changes in breeding as colonies get larger, but the adult males will kill each other if they don't have enough space to each have a small territory to themselves. For my G. oblongonotas, this space was about a 12" diameter area, but with my A. insignis, they seem happy with about a 5" diameter area. As they're breeding, I'm seeing more and more newly adult males losing legs and antenna as the reigning males hold their territory. The same happened with my G. oblongonota and the king male ended up killing all of the other adult males in the bin. He was particularly feisty, though. I ended up separating him from the colony. That being said, I haven't noticed the same with Elliptorhina, only Gromphadorhina.
  13. Sadly, one of our own, Daniel Schwietzer (dcfarms) passed away on Monday from heart problems. I'm not sure how many of you had the pleasure of knowing him as he was a bit new to the forum, but he will be greatly missed. He was pretty young and his roach business D&C Farms was really taking off. I'm not sure if his wife will continue the business, though I hope she does. I'm heartbroken as over the past few years we did many trades together and conversed regularly. He had a true passion for roaches and other invertebrates. I'm not sure what the rules are for this, but I would just like to leave a permanent record of how very much he will be missed and ask everyone to take a moment in his honor. RIP Daniel.
  14. I've been rearing mine in a mix of coco fiber and decaying hardwood leaves. I added a bit of sphagnum moss to help retain some moisture. I let their enclosure go pretty dry, then spray with water until the soil is damp through all the layers. So far, so good. They do seem to enjoy small, tight hiding spots. Mine love to pack themselves together in a 1" wide birch bark coil. It's absolutely crammed in there. I feed them the same as hissers. They're not really picky. I keep them at 78-85F in a well ventilated plastic storage container. Oh and I should mention that they are hella fast. You'll definitely need bug barrier! They are incredibly gorgeous, so well worth the work. Hope this helps!
  15. I have only used 40% of my account storage space, but what happens when I get to 100%? Do I just delete old messages?
  16. Imgur works well too. Unless you manually delete the images, they stay up and available infinitely. Just to chime in... I also would be willing to pay for forum access. Maybe do a tiered thing where free accounts can access any posts and create X number of posts per month, but no photos. Higher paid tier for unlimited posts and (small) pix? And I'd be happy to pay extra for posting ads.
  17. Manzanillo roach? They remind me of green olives with pimento.
  18. Great question! I too am interested in this. I've been curious as to how the pros deal with the gooey innards of larger insects - big hissers, hercules beetles, vinegaroons. I know my hissers start to smell pretty bad after a day or so. It's that something you just have to wait out? Or do you do a taxidermy type thing where you remove the inside and stuff the cavity? I use the pin method in case that matters.
  19. I also have adult hissers that will bury themselves by digging into the substrate. I mostly see it with E. javanica and E. chopardi. They don't dig down far - just enough to cover their bodies and feel secure. On my end it seems to happen when I have more roaches than there are hiding spots. And, it's mostly all females who do this. I've also seen G. oblongonota females do this. And the nymphs seem to go anywhere they can fit, even in loose bedding.
  20. Any ill effects yet? I'd love to offer some to my hissers just to mix things up. I already include flax seed and cracked corn in their chow and they love those. No problems from that yet. I can imagine that seeds would be highly favored in the wild on account of their high protein and fat content.
  21. Just playing devil's advocate here: You likely won't get caught, but if you do, the fines and penalties can be quite harsh, including jail time. I'm sure the Postmaster General's office has more dangerous items to worry about like drugs and guns, but if you got caught.... Just saying. Think about it before you take that chance. There's a reason that the reputable tarantula dealers insist upon FedEx.
  22. That's why I use them in all of my dry tanks. Since I started, I have yet to have additional trouble with phorid flies, and no more "Ewww gad. Where's the dead giant hisser that I can smell all the way down the hall." Those guys get funky real fast when they die. But yeah, I do have to do some beetle maintenance when the populations get too large. I suppose it's just a question of which option seems like less work... Removing beetles on occasion or dealing with deadies.
  23. All of pets have jobs. My dog warns me when the mailman is coming, my cat is a mouser, my beardie helps me spend my money and keeps me company during my winter hibernation. The roaches and inverts, their job is to compost my leftovers, hiss to warn of vibrations and make me happy. Tiny beetles don't make me particularly happy, so they need to have some special skills before moving in.
  24. I was wondering the same. Thinking of getting some, but only if they can work for a living. No freeloaders here.