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Everything posted by Marlon

  1. To be fair, I have seen homes in India that hissers could live in. I am curious about those dreaded diseases though, I'd like to know which ones! Also, think about the mentality of some of their potential customers; my step sister moved into a home that had spiders... exterminator convinced her that because her house was at the bottom of the hill, the rain washed all the spiders downhill and that's why they infest her house, so she decided they had to get a different house. She also thought her dirty younger (mentally challenged) brother should be avoided because he might have "bacteria". Her father concluded "My daughter is an idiot". I assume they get idiots contacting them all the time declaring all kinds of nonsense. So, how do we have fun with them?
  2. Pyrethrin half-life in soil is usually measured in days; if it stays dry (away from microbes) it can last a lot longer. Diazinon in weeks. Neonicotinoids, however, may last for years in soil, and DDT is still out there. There are many kinds that have been used but most of the time its those first two. Some pesticides do have residuals so repeated low amounts can theoretically do harm. Personally i don't worry much unless it is from a well tended immaculate lawn, or near a non-organic farm. I know my yard has been pesticide free for 5 years, and I can tell the worst thing the neighbors use is a flea collar.
  3. Actually for a while I've been contemplating feeding some of them rabbit dung. (The roaches, not the kids) I've found BSFL and superworms will eat it readily if it is fresh / damp. The BSFL relish it soaked in stale beer. And of course, various other flies and beetles live on it in their larval stage no problem so its gotta be good; some dogs eat it too. I am also considering growing portabello mushrooms in the stuff; those are normally grown in manure. Supposedly at least some of the fly larvae make the waste safer by consuming it. My wife just made the point that some of her Chinese coworkers won't eat catfish or crayfish because they are poop eaters. But chickens may also peck through poop, and you are eating the meat, not the stuff they ate to make the meat, so what is the problem? (surprisingly logical for her) That's not that I am commenting either way on anyone here frenching their roaches. Love is love. But if you take it farther than that, please, no pics! At least not here. Or at least post a warning first.
  4. My daughter is still in diapers. My youngest son gets constipated with short bouts of surprise diarrhea. I have a 17 year old dog that can't go outside anymore and goes on pee-pads, then sometimes steps in it and walks around the house. I have 20 rabbits in the back yard that make bunny berries all day long (easily 10 lbs a day), and its below freezing most nights so it doesn't break down in winter, and in summer it hatches tens of thousands of flies that go everywhere. Every morning the rabbits eat some of their own poop to keep their intestinal flora healthy. And now that it is cold, mice keep invading the house leaving little rice sized black and brown gifts for us. My older kids keep leaving leftover food and dishes everywhere around the house, which of course the mice eat. And BTW, I do have bats in the rabbitat in the summer. What "dirtiness" are you talking about?
  5. I thought the reddish mites were normally the ones that go hunting for other mites..
  6. It is quite interesting; I would think a geneticist would be able to spew all kinds of interesting facts about the subject that I wouldn't understand. People are theorizing that the bedbug explosion is in-part due to the ability to inbreed. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111206115049.htm Found an old post where Matt K makes some assertions I have breeding rabbits for about a while. Inbreeding, or a lesser severity of inbreeding, called line breeding, has been happening with domestic animals for hundreds or even thousands of years. On the surface it doesn't seem to be as bad as I was lead to believe when I was younger. Even with wild rabbits and other animals, father-daughter breeding has quite common for probably millions of years. Now, if you try to graph the inbreeding, assuming an inbreeding coefficient of 1 is brother - sister, studies showed that within 8 to 10 generations of mice the bottleneck was dropping fertility. Note that brother and sister, while they share many genes, are still getting a different mix of the parent's genes so it takes multiple generations of brother-sister to approach a homozygous population. I think this is probably not happening a lot in multiple consecutive generations in our roach buckets so there is still a pool and some competition within the buckets, perhaps not a very diverse one but there is still some variability. And according to many opinions, I guess it may not matter much even if it did.
  7. It seems like Kyle is AFK. I haven't been able to reach him for weeks, and I hear others longer than that.
  8. Anyone heard about using pig chow for the roach chow base? I picked up some dubias from a friend and he uses a 50lb bag of pig pellets mixed with a little bit of Repashy food, I think it was 1tbsp crested gecko MRP per pound of pig chow. He gave me some and they go absolutely nuts over it, eating it faster than I ever seen them eat anything. I am looking at Family Farm Pig 14 (what they sell near me), looks like lots of good stuff in it (grains, molasses, alfalfa, lots of vitamins), but one thing that I find odd is it says it has extra copper. Its cheap at $16 for 50lbs. Anyone be worried about the extra copper?
  9. Errbody knows @Hisserdude is total roach gangster. Hiss 4 life dawg! A narcoleptic classmate of mine wondered for about a year why he had a bad gnat problem. He fogged his apartment multiple times to no avail. Then Thanksgiving came and he opened the oven and found... the turkey he cooked last year. Oh, beautiful photos @Xenoblatta
  10. I recently discovered my dubias and hissers will sometimes eat dried ash, willow, and pear leaves before eating some of the fresher foods. That tells me there is something in them that they need.
  11. Sorry to bring up an old thread, but as a test I put some phorid fly larvae and uneaten pear in with a rove beetle and it gobbled up the larvae and some of the pear. So I put it in my dubia bin, but not sure where it went. The rove beetles seem to be on the move a lot. When I checked a month later, it was gone and still had a lot of phorid larvae, and surprisingly some other kind of beetle was in there instead. Now I just try to keep it clean, with very little frass and it is nicer to look at too. I serve food on cut up paper plates so I can throw it away if it is more than 3 days old. Also, if you youtube rove beetles you see they can be ferocious; I think they could easily kill a small nymph and have their fill and not bother with the grubs. I think I'll not try it again. They are cool beetles though.
  12. Interesting, and nice display! I've noticed Periplaneta americana doing that going crazy state at night right before a storm, I assumed with the dip in barometric pressure. Their parties were so loud they often woke me up. Ever notice a similar correlation?
  13. Thanks, I went for the 10lb block of coco on amazon prime. More than I can imagine ever needing, but its quite a deal. And my peat is frozen solid anyway. Will try it soon.
  14. Welcome, I am new here too, though had dubias for about 8 months and added a couple types of hissers recently. I enjoy the hissers more than the dubias, but love how practical the dubias are since they are feeders. I decided to try a few more from CCR since roachcrosssing is hibernating ATM. They are expected to arrive next week. I didn't see the " DIY Sterilite Gasket " thread, have to look for that
  15. Thanks for the opinions; I was thinking peat at first because I already have one of those giant bags that's been sitting outside partially open for 4 years, and I don't mind sterilizing it. After the gecko, I am going to add some roaches (next week) but if coconut is safer, I guess that's a good reason to spend a little more $. Then add fallen pear leaves on top.
  16. Well there are numerous posts in this forum about using peat and most say it is ok, with some reference to it harboring fungus if not pre-baked. My son is setting up his crested gecko-arium next week and I suggested peat; is it not a good? I was surprised the owner of the local herp shop didn't seem to know what peat was.
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