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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. 😊❤️
  14. I was very surprised when I noticed my Eurycotis lixa scratching their backs on objects in their enclosure, similar to cats. 😅 I might have observed the same behavior with other species too, but that's what pops to the top of my head. I was also quite bewildered when my Blaberus species hissed at me for the first time, without having read about the behavior prior.
  15. Happy Earth Day! 🌎 Today we celebrate the extraordinary planet we call home. The one unlike any other in existence! In an endless expanse of space and time, you, me, and every life form we've grown to know can be found nowhere else, but here. That's why it's of utmost importance to protect this treasure with all of our being. We must rekindle that curiosity that fueled us as kids, and let it burn bright yet again. We must preserve the life that we have left; not just what we find attractive or cute, but every denizen of the one living planet. The closer you look, the more you'll realize all that is at stake. Life may not always be big and boisterous, but it is beautiful and worth saving. In the famous words of the Lorax - "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
  16. No problem! Very nice - I could only dream to see Arenivaga in the wild, let alone in my own back yard. 😆
  17. @Hisserdude wrote a great care sheet on Arenivaga spp. care. 🙂 Invertebrate Dude Caresheets: Arenivaga spp. (idcaresheets.blogspot.com)
  18. The primary thing to worry about with P.americana and cf. N. propinqua is just maintaining a moist environment - both won't do great in the long run if they're allowed to dry out too often. Rhyparobia cf. capelloi do swell with one moist corner and the rest of the enclosure dry. Not sure if you were looking for more info than that, but none of the species I mentioned are that tough, so there's not a lot more to add.
  19. Here's a care sheet that @Hisserdude wrote up on the species: Invertebrate Dude Caresheets: Pseudoglomeris magnifica (idcaresheets.blogspot.com)
  20. Indeed, but sometimes it's just inevitable with different developments in life. 😕 At least Chen (@Forcep) does seem to be getting back into the hobby, if not quite as actively. I actually sent him a few species last November. 🙂
  21. @Forcep hasn't posted on the forum in a few years, but when I checked in with him about the species in 2018, he had sent his colony away to a couple friends. Not sure what the status of this species in the hobby currently is though. Maybe @Hisserdude would know.
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