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  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences and suggestions! They are much appreciated. 🙂
  2. Good! Fingers crossed they just remain as harmless residents of the compost bin. Ouch! 😬 Sorry to hear! I'm fairly allergic to both mosquitoes and roaches as well, so I feel your pain on some level. 🙃
  3. Hello everyone! 🙂 Over the years, I've struggled with containing climbing roaches. It seems like every barrier is climbable by some species or has longevity issues. The larger "airtight" containers like Sterilite Gasket Boxes, etc. basically always have some sort of gap around the rim that, as small as it may be, young nymphs can escape from. Not to mentioned that they are pricey compared to their non "airtight" counterparts and are offered in limited sizes. So my question is - have any of you experimented with wrapping things around the tops of your containers to contain your climbing roaches? It seems like the perfect way to make any container escape-proof, but I have never heard of anything being used that was impervious to the possible gnawing of little roach jaws. If you have any other effective containment methods, I'd be open to hearing about them as well! Thanks for any input. 😄
  4. Welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll learn lots here. 🙂
  5. I haven't found any either, besides those couple times they found me. 😂 Yeah, I 10/10 would not recommend.
  6. Not sure about @Mwewe's species, but at least some of them do also provide.....exploratory bites. 😅 They're not TERRIBLE, but shocking enough to where I've involuntarily jumped on the 1 or 2 occasions where I was bitten and hastily went back inside my house to contemplate why the bug gods had forsaken me so. 😢🤣
  7. They can indeed climb smooth surfaces once they are sizeable nymphs and adults, so you'll either want to house them in a secure container, use a slippery barrier, or, if you wish, both. I keep mine in one of the enclosures that @Blatta mentioned - a Sterilite Gasket Box. Specifically this size: Sterilite 20 Quart 1932 Clear Gasket Box with Blue Aquarium Latches & Gasket - Walmart.com
  8. Hey there! The main thing to focus on for American Roaches is making sure their enclosure doesn't get too dry. Desiccation seems to be their number one killer in captivity. Other than that, you'll want to make sure that you're keeping them in a secure container (like a Sterilite Gasket Container or something similar) since adults and larger nymphs can climb well. Hides can be provided in the form of bark, egg crates, etc. They aren't picky about food; the average roach diet of dog/cat/fish food, fruits, and vegetables works fine for them. Temps should ideally be kept within the low 70s to mid 80s, but they can handle a few degrees less or more.
  9. Welcome, Kody! 🙂 That's crazy lucky about the apartment manager. Hopefully you can get that house soon enough though and really expand! P.S: I had to look up the species, but those Megascolia procer are seriously some of the most impressive wasps I've seen. 😮
  10. Nice assortment of inverts you have there. Welcome to the forum! 🙂
  11. Glad to have you back! God speed with acquiring some neat species again. 🙂
  12. Billions of Cicadas are about to swarm the United States in their largest numbers since 2004. Will they be arriving in a town near you? Check out my brand new YouTube video to learn about the impending emergence of Brood X. 🙂
  13. To all the moms out there, big and small, Happy Mother's Day! Here's a proud mother Wolf Spider (Tigrosa helluo) with her babies. 😊❤️
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