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  1. Nah, they actually seem to roam quite a bit and get caught in glue traps really easily. I was alerted to the problem by seeing 18 or so on a glue trap that had been out for a previous mouse hunt. Once I closed up the hole and put out some Roach Motels, I've only caught 2 or 3 in the past week. I think the problem's all but taken care of,... I'm not sure how more than 2 or 3 dozen total could have gotten out. Just sucks lol...
  2. Just in case you've ever wondered if B. lateralis can chew through nylon screen, they can. Sheesh.
  3. I can't believe you never took the excellent advice to use the Terro syrup lol... the stuff works, it attracts them to eat it and they carry it back to their colony in the process. It cannot harm your roaches. And something will have to smell a LOT stronger than toothpaste to keep carpenter ants away, if they really are Camponotus...
  4. Ah... well, I have about 300 so it seems like if I wait once a week to feed them they practically eat each other getting at it. I have dry food out all the time and it's usually gone...
  5. Cool colony! One thing I have noticed is the sheer BULK of food they eat in comparison to other species... I mean, of course it will be "more" since they are "bigger", but it seems like it is MUCH more, way outside the proportion of how much larger they are than other species (tesselata, fusca, colloseus, etc)
  6. You're a good sport, I like you. This is how you do internet.
  7. This is the truth, though I'm not sure exactly why... I've had this experience three separate times. The first 100 nymphs I ever bought, 10 years ago, I kept in a plastic shoebox right on top of each other, and they grew and started reproducing like crazy, had to move them to the "big" container. I lost that colony to an environmental toxin of some type, then got some more and put them in the small container and got the same results until they "grew into" the large box again. After a couple kids and rebuilding my invert collection, I wanted to start them back up again... I got 100 nymphs, but made the mistake of putting int he big container to start. They are growing at the pace of snails, hardly eat anything, and I haven't seen any breeding activity from the adults in two months. There's just something about being piled on top of each other that they seem to like. I have a theory that it has to do with the heat that's generated by a certain threshold of biomass that accumulates as a result of the overcrowding, so likely the same could be accomplished by bumping up the heat as well. This is all pure conjecture, but yeah... I've seen it myself.
  8. OK, so here's the thing... Roman asked a question, and I gave him some things to think about. That was sort of the extent of the interaction. You then asked for clarification/additional information on a rather small part of that interaction, and I pointed you in a direction to help you find some of the answers you seek. If you're now asking that I poke around the Internet and assemble a custom list of reading material FOR you, this is where we part ways. If you know how to use Google, then you have all the tools in your toolbag that I do, vis-a-vis this particular conquest of knowledge. Now, the reason I said what I said in the first place is that an "ordinary hobbyist" sitting at home is VERY ill-equipped to address any kind of "nutritional composition" type questions anyway... to do them right, a decent number of roaches have to be fed/gutloaded, fasted to clear their gut, crushed, and then be analyzed by a commercial laboratory. Not really within the range of your average hobbyist who's still in high school. No disrespect intended, that's just the way things are. We're talking about terribly expensive equipment here. Article of that sort by non-science types usually end up with people just making off-the-cuff recommendations based observed morphology (Oh, that critter's got a hard shell, must be high in calcium... oh, that critter's pretty fat, must be high in protein). I was just saying that he could spend his effort better than that, that's all. All that being said, here is a great whitepaper from Timberline Fisheries that explains the process in some details, and will get you started... the list of references should give you more than enough resources to follow the trail. http://www.timberlinefisheries.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/finke_2012_complete%20nutrient%20content%20of%20four%20species%20of%20feeder%20insects.pdf
  9. That paper is fascinating, love the methodology... it would appear that viable hybrids weren't observed at all among the Blaberus species attempted? B. fusca is noticeably absent form this list, and usually involved in alleged hybridizations... I'm going to dig some more, I have access to the EBSCO again with my new teaching job!
  10. Ah. In that case: http://lmgtfy.com/?q...n roach cricket
  11. I think the best question to ask yourself is "What am I qualified to write about that hasn't already been covered? Or if it has, can I say it better?" If there's no good answer to these questions, then writing for the sake of writing is probably not the best use of your time. For example, caresheets. I personally am not convinced the world needs more caresheets... but, if you have a unique experience or insight into a particular species, that would be a good enough reason to write it down. Subjects like reptile nutrition, or the nutritional composition of various feeder roaches, have been covered AT LENGTH by actual scientists and people in the field... you'd have to ask yourself what YOU bring to the discussion, or are you merely Google searching what others have done and re-stating it? Now, there is a time and a place for reading others' research and re-stating it, but again... the question is "why?". With that said, there's a great big Internet out there, feel free to start writing.
  12. Well, "Lyme infection" and "Chronic Lyme" are two very different things... Lyme infections are relatively common and cleared quickly with antibiotics, whereas the diagnosis of "Chronic Lyme" has a great deal of controversy surrounding it.
  13. I use cork tiles that you buy at the hobby store... they come in 12" x 12" 4-packs, and I usually just get two packs, cut one of them ul into 2"x2" squares, and then glue all the tiles together using about 4 of those connectors per tile. Then, you just set it upright so they have vertical hiding, and it stays really clean and non-messy. I will post a pic if I can find one...
  14. Yep, I've got actual rotting logs and plenty of rotting wood chips and dried oak leaves in there with them... still get the odd die off. I plan to start adding game fish chow in small amounts to try to support them "bulking up" a bit more...
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