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  1. Cindy, I'll put bee pollen as a choice in another experiment ;) Is it granules or powder? What I'm planning to do is find their top 3 or so preferences and then make a custom roach chow mix. I might do a separate experiment with 6 different types of dog food and see if they have an obvious favorite. It's about 26 years too late for a high school science fair project though... hahaha!

  2. I placed 1/8 teaspoonful of 6 various foods I thought roaches would find appealing in a tray. I taped the tray to the bottom of a Rubbermaid tub to prevent spillage. I added approximately 20 Madagascar hissing cockroach nymphs to the tub.

    After 36 hours, the FruitFestiv portion was completely gone.

    FruitFestiv capsules contain apple, noni, orange peel, peach, lemon peel, grape, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, acai, mango, elderberry, black currant, pomegranate, strawberry, papaya, banana, blackberry, plum, goji berry, blueberry, pineapple, prune, lactobacillus acidophilus, and an enzyme blend. I think I bought the capsules at Walmart in the vitamin section.

    I will post again with another picture after another 36 hours or so. Wonder what their second preference will be?

  3. That has happened in my colony several times. It sounds like at least she was able to push the whole egg case out, right? Mine had hers stuck that way for 2 days and it started drying up. I soaked her hind area in a bowl of warm water and was able to gently pry it loose and remove it with a q-tip. I don't know why it happens but more experienced people will probably chime in... :(

  4. Today I went down near the Rio Grande and picked up some dead cottonwood pieces. I boiled them and then baked them at 300 degrees for an hour. I put them in with my Domino roaches and hissers and A. tesselata. My question is: After this extensive heat treatment, is the wood still beneficial for the roaches? Or is it now just a pretty decoration :huh: ?

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