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    American Cockroach Society Wear I'm surprised this still works, it hasn't been updated in nine years.
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    I had the opportunity to listen to a talk from the New Entomologist at the University of Ky. This will give you an idea of just how tough German cockroaches are. They went into several low income apartments and collected roaches. They separated out the males. Back in the apartments Kitchen floor they placed two dishes, one with wild collected males and another with males of a lab strain. Between the dishes they set off insecticide “foggers” or “bug bombs”. As expected the lab strain all died. Very few of the wild collected died. This blows my mind. They also found that the kitchen counter tops and floors after a month had the same level of insecticide as Pre fogging. So these roaches appear to be living in an atmosphere completely contaminated with insecticide long after spraying. The study was actually to see how effective total release foggers actually were....useless as all us exterminators already knew
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    (anyone who had difficulty handling at first, medical conditions or not, please feel free to reply with what worked for you!) i am not really one for holding my pet roaches, i prefer just to watch them going about in their own little world, but i really miss the occasional novelty picture. i handled my first few hissers a few times but the pain in my hands made it difficult for awhile and i kind of just gave up. it makes me wish i wouldve tried more to fight through the pain lol. my dubias didnt hurt as much but it still was a really uncomfortable sensation. i also got kind of nervous that i would dropped them by accident because my fingers get stiff, plus i cant really bend down quickly, move furniture, etc to find them before the family cats do. if i saw one of the cats eating my roach i think id have a heart attack. does anyone with chronic pain or joint stiffness as symptoms have any tips to get used to handling them? or maybe and tips to further prevent accidentally losing them? i want to buy an archimandrita tesselata or two since they are so beautiful and really big, but i reaaaalllyyyy want to hold it/them! when i held my dubias, it was always one at a time and in a plugged up bathtub so they wouldnt escape immediately. i know a.tessellata can if anyone who used to be scared of them has any tricks that made it easier to tolerate (i know when people i know have tried to hold them the sensation is weird and it freaks them out at first), maybe i could alter your skills to fit my situation? im really happy to be back active in the community, it always makes me feel like i can get good information in a short period of time rather than trying to search through google a bunch for nothing. im probably going to be asking a lot of noob questions about archimandrita tesselata and their care if i get some. lmao i cringe at some of the stupid stuff and misunderstandings of what was happening back then, but like some people im here to be a better roach parent! i think relearning how to handle them despite my pain would be very rewarding for me, i wish it was as simple as "just pick them up" :^(
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    So, I just got these cuties today. I read a lot online about the care for these, but found a lot of different opinions. So I just wanted to know a little bit more about the proper care. Do I have to most them? If so how often? What's the best food for them? When do I know which sex they are? How is the rate for breeding? How long does it take for them to mature? And I'm thankful for any other tips
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    I think the problem with Panesthia is that people simply forget about them, due to the lack of frequent care they need, and sometimes they let it get too far and forget to water them when the substrate starts drying out, maybe the room gets too warm for their liking, substrate runs out and is converted entirely into frass, etc... I know people who've had good long term success with Panesthia colonies overseas, you basically need to set them up in a large, poorly ventilated box with 20 centimeters of rotten wood and leaf mulch substrate, don't let them get too hot or dry, and basically leave them alone. As for why your colony died out, I'm not sure, could be any number of reasons, maybe they did just get too hot last summer...
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    I know sometimes when colonies are doing good for a long time you can forget to give them the same level of care and they fade away.
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    That looks good. It's mostly sphagnum moss and orchid bark it looks like, with a little charcoal mixed in. I mix my own bedding by volume mostly. It's taken a little while to dial in but it's pretty much just 1/4 sphagnum moss, 1/2 med coco fiber chunks, and 1/8 peat moss, 1/8 leaf matter all mixed together. Keep practicing it's worth it when you get it right. I put a good 3 inches in the bottom of the tub and then add leaves and it keeps the moisture in pretty good. My tropical roaches love this stuff.
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    Thanks for the info! I'm glad I wont have to keep adding new blood into my colonies. If I felt like buying roaches all the time I wouldnt have bought a colony in the first place lol.
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    Almost all the species in the hobby, including most of the older stocks like dubias, originated from a small handful of individuals, and thus have all been inbred for years and years, mostly without any adverse effects whatsoever. As long as your colony is healthy and heavily deformed individuals are culled, there should be no reason to add new bloodlines, ever.
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    Some of my observations from the “wild”. German cockroach infestations seem to appear in most instances from a few specimens or a single egg case. It’s actually quite insane to see what that can turn into.
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    I don't think there's anything at all wrong in getting emotionally attached to your pets - although I now have so many inverts (stick insects mostly but also 3 roach colonies of at least 50 individuals each) I simply don't have time to get attached to them individually, when I first had roaches (three and then five individuals) I really did "bond" with them and gave them names, so when they died I was quite upset and gave them a little "burial ceremony" too. I think if you have any interest in and empathy for living creatures in general then in my opinion you're bound to get attached to them, it doesn't matter what they are - inverts, fish, reptiles, mammals - if you keep them as pets. And even now, whilst I don't name them any more and don't have time to follow their lives as individuals in general, if there is one individual that "stands out" from the crowd in any of my colonies (e.g. I have a male Gromphadorhina portentosa who clearly didn't shed properly in his final moult and his exoskeleton is all "wrinkly" where I don't think he was able to "inflate" his new skin properly whilst it hardened) I will always look out for them when I am feeding or cleaning out the colony and am more sad if I see they are getting old or have passed on than I might be for the others. Like you I have real problems euthanising insects, I still feel I don't want to take their lives deliberately and as long as I can see that they are able to eat and are not damaged fatally in any way I try to keep them alive as long as I can. It's always a sad occasion for me if I feel I have to euthanise one of my roaches (or any of my inverts) and really it is only when I realise that keeping them alive is keeping them in a worse situation and in more stress (which I do believe inverts feel, even if I don't know whether they can feel pain as we would know it) than euthanising them, that I can do it. Hope this helps anyway...
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    Well, my local invertebrate club's T-shirts have a tracing of Blaberus giganteus on them, which depending on demand within the club may get it's own shirt (perhaps with the tagline "Got Roaches?"). But that's where my knowledge ends on this particular subject... Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Of course almost every new isopod is the "biggest" but this is the longest species according to species literature (documented at 3.2 cm body length). The male has long uropods and tends to be longer than the female.
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    @Betta132 any updates? i see you havent been on in awhile but heres a shot in the dark! this was such an amazing read! if they take off/have taken off with the bow-chicka-wow-wow and are rare in the hobby im sure you could definitely make more than a few pretty pennies!
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    i know this is an old thread but its so cute amd reminds me a lot of myself. prepare for long post bc im feeling sentimental today lol. a big part of this hobby for me is personifying them. whether thats: -assigning them certain personality traits (one walks around a lot? adventurer. one hisses a lot? short tempered and easily annoyed. one always walks on others but another sits in the same spot? extrovert and introvert) -assigning them a favorite food (one goes to one kind of food more than the other, this food was eaten quickly while the other one is almost completely untouched.) -giving the pet ones names, duh -observing their behavior in a more human social context. (they are fighting a lot? neighbors who bickering over petty stuff. they arent very active? they prefer to stay home and gossip. they all eat together? family dinner time is important. antennae going all over the place? very excited/curious) -props. i buy those little fairy garden/christmas village statue things or even sometimes doll accessories to take picture of with them (no glitter, no paint that can be removed, has to be water resistant, doesnt stay in too long unless its seasonal decoration) and make up little things about how they interact with the props. my favorite is for christmas i put in a teeny tiny nativity scene. im not religious so i thought itd be a great edgy joke. one of my past roaches, walnut, would drink water off the statue when i misted them and the water would eventually collect in the little baby basket. i decided he was a dedicated christian and on sundays id ask him how church went. one of my newer ones, corduroy, went over to look at it then ran to hide and just didnt go to that side until i took it away. i decided hes an agnostic atheist who doesnt believe in god but hes nervous his sinful lifestyle (he instigates a lot of the fights ive watched lol) will get him in trouble if hes wrong. stuff like that is great. -talking to them -sharing food with them (not like eating what they ate but when i would cut it up id eat the pieces that would just be too big to finish in a week then give it to them, if i had food scraps from cooking, or if i gave them a certain kind of fruit id go get another one for myself.) -calling it an enclosure/room/house instead of a cage (the enclosure is lovingly nicknamed The Box) just because they dont have the capacity to feel emotions or think doesnt mean that bond isnt real. its real to you. sure, scientifically speaking he is just learning that the sensation isnt a predator or rival roach and since it doesnt hurt him, he doesnt react. i might be wrong, but dont 'pest' roaches learn how to avoid certain poisons by habitually being exposed to other roaches that have died from it and they start avoiding bug poison traps? they arent problem solving in the way that we or other animals do, but they are learning. a lot of people in the hobby from what i know prefer to think of them as they are known to be rather than trying to connect with 10000000+ roaches individually. especially people who use them for feeders and research. everyone has their own way of doing things in hobbies like this and theres no wrong way to feel connected to them if thats what you want. when one of my first few hissers, died i was absolutely devastated. i cried for weeks anytime i thought about him. when i first got them as adults, i didnt understand the signs of aging but over time it became more apparent. some of this was probably not signs of aging bc they were in rough shape when i got them but they were completely fine for a long while. i knew it was coming but it hurt really bad still. he couldnt walk on substrate without falling over most of the time. i put him in a smaller enclosure with paper towels instead of substrate and used a plastic cup cut in half as a hide so he wouldnt climb on top and fall off but he still 'felt' safe. i would find leg pieces all the time so i knew he wasnt eating them. he stopped being able to eat solid foods as well and was becoming more lethargic so i started giving him mashed up fruits/vegetables with some fish flakes and water mixed in. hed gain weight back but bc it was mashed it went gross faster and if i didnt change it every day he would lose mass again. i was seriously having a hard time decided if i should let him take the ol long freezer nap but it was a really hard thing to think about for me. he stopped being able to hiss. hed be 'sleeping' more and more until it was all day everyday and id touch him to see if he was alive. sometimes he would respond so slow id start crying and then suddenly hed start trying to walk toward the hand with his senior meal. when i found him dead i couldnt believe it until his leg just fell completely off and i could smell the rotting of all the squishy parts. i buried him and had a little service bc it was very upsetting to me. when another one died then a long time after that the other two died, i did the same thing. i actually was very depressed about it for awhile, it still makes me sad sometimes. am i wrong for feeling like this because they were just very simple animals who knew nothing more than their own instincts? is the bond i felt with them not real because they dont have the ability to feel those things? is it ridiculous to have cockroach funerals? is it excessive to be giving them as much attention as i did? no. their natural social behavior isnt aligned with ours, but our social behaviors are to be interactive and caring with each other. we take care of dogs like we do kids, hell theres some dogs who live better lives than most of the kids in the world. a dog has a lot more capacity for these behaviors than a roach does, but isnt it weird we do all these things for dogs? why cant i feel that way about a roach? those roomba vacuums are a better example. its just a machine that bumps around then turns off but people love to personify them. my roaches helped me feel like i had a purpose and i was accomplishing goals when i was dealing with some really hard health stuff. i dont care if its dumb or not scientific, they needed me to be alive and i needed them as a reason to try at that point in my life. people say stuff like "facts dont care about your feelings" and forget that its a FACT we as animals are heavily influenced by emotions and this need to socially engaged in some way for our mental health. in some situations being emotional is a really bad thing, but in others its either not harmful at all or simply relevant but shouldnt be overpowering. science and emotion can exist together. but at the same time, people who dont want to be a crazy person like me, they arent wrong either. people who have no issue euthanizing their roaches because they know there is no pain or suffering as we understand it, are just as good owners as the emotional people are. they can still have respect for the animal without treating it like a person. i know this is long and on an old post, i apologize lol, but if you want to keep thinking they like to be pet or they have a bond with you? go for it. embrace it. one of my all time favorite twilight zone episodes is season 2 episode 8. after i got my roaches it started making me think of them. i wont give spoilers incase youve never watched/read it but a main character has a breakdown realizing they arent who they think they are. they learn they have no emotions or pain but they are screaming and crying like they do. its just how they are made to react like that. one of the other main characters is having an emotional response too but he knows that reaction is on purpose for him to feel closure in saying goodbye to their bond. while the person freaks out, you realize that they really dont have emotions and its really just a premade response to the situation, and its chilling. no matter what you think, relate to, or appreciate about the characters personality matters bc its not a real personality. the crying and screaming is just not real because they cant have those reactions without being made to. you still feel sad for the character, so does the second person, but it cant change the facts. the emotions are still real to the people besides that character including the audience, but its surface level. you can still appreciate the given personality while knowing it isnt a "human" response. sorry for the novel 💀💀💀 nobody i know even gives half a shit about how much these animals mean to me and it embarrassed me for awhile that i was so invested. trust me, it feels better to just let it flow naturally if thats how you feel. your bond is real and perfectly okay.
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    if you suspect a roach is pregnant, i say take her out of the nice set up/display enclosure (if thats what you have her in) now and put her somewhere thats nymph escape proof, then just dont mess with her. (handling and stuff that isnt necessary) make sure the conditions are optimal and just wait to see what happens for awhile. if you got her when she was already an adult or you have her in an enclosure with males, she probably didnt wait til marriage if you know what im saying lmao. if she is gravid then youre in for a fun time, the nymphs are so cute and funny to watch. but, to apply a quote from smash mouth, the nymphs "start coming and they dont stop coming". in that case, id say put that display enclosure to use with a male hisser since he wont be launching little walking tictacs everywhere. maybe make some friends with pets who have insectivore dining habits. before i joined this forum i got this golden piece of advice, if you want a nice enclosure for one or two and dont want any nymphs (or arent going to want to pick them all up yourself to move into a colony bin) then you should just get males. they fight sometimes if you have more than one (especially depending on the size of the space and amount of hides etc) but its pretty funny to watch the dorks act all big and tough over an egg carton. i am nowhere as experienced, not even a fraction of a fraction, as the two mad lads who already responded so take their word over mine. well wishes to you and long john
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    Successful molts take minutes, not hour or days.
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    Lotus pods will be fine unless they have pesticide on them.
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    Can't wait to see what you post! Your work sounds very interesting and I'm happy to see another person who cares deeply about the environment. Although, that's not really hard to find here!
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    Hard to tell without pictures, however what with the rear opening comment I'm inclined to believe she's about to give birth, if so then you better make sure the enclosure is escape proof, baby hissers are escape artists!
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    Got the opportunity to draw some of my roaches for a school assignment These are just sketches, but I would love to do some nicely rendered art of them soon. I would love to see more art of bugs while I'm here! If any of y'all wanna share your art here, please do
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    These are my best two IMO: The models:
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    Hi there I've been a long time lurker of the forums but recently became more interested in actively participating in this hobby i currently own around 100+ species of roaches ranging from your run of the mill feeders to species rarely kept and even more rarely seen! my goal here is to get these rare species into peoples hands so we don't run the risk of losing any species from the us hobby as well as supplying my own base of knowledge collected over rearing so many of these neat little Arthropods ? soon I'll be posting a for sale list with a few neat species on there and I commonly have things posted on the us invert auction Facebook page so be sure to stay tuned for those!
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    I just wanted to post a little bit more about me and my roaches. As I mentioned on another thread, I happen to be blind.. this of course means that I experience my roaches in a tactile rather than visual manner. I have hissers, and I find them extremely easy to handle and also fun to listen to when they hiss.. As for care, I feel I must reassure people that my being blind does not impair my competency in providing care to my roaches, or myself for that matter! If you wonder why I add this, you might be surprised by the number of people who are under the mistaken impression that blind people can't take care of themselves, let alone roaches. Ok, mini rant over. For my part I am a grad student living in a small apartment, and I find my hissers to be the perfect pet for this environment. They are very easy keepers in my experience and do not seem to be bothered by my touching them as some other creatures migh be. This post is also menat to explain why I might ask someone to describe in words a posted picture. I was able to see for several years and do understand colors and shades of color. I also wanted to post this in case any of you had questions about caring for roaches while blind, questions about my blindness in general or anything else related to what I have written here.
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    I care about individual roaches, I hand feed old roaches baby food so they don't starve.