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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...
  15. They seem to get "weaker" as they get older... the littlest ones are full of vigor, but almost every other week I find a random dead 1.5"-2" nymph or adult. Granted there are a couple hundred in the colony, but still... they are a weird species with the die-offs. I've had really sensitive A. tesselatas too... maybe the larger species are just a bit less hardy due to their size.
  16. OK, so I'm not exactly new to the invert world, and have done my fair share of packing and receiving roaches, centipedes, millipedes, tarantulas, and scorpions... I recently had an issue with receiving a large lot of A. tesselata that included several gravid adult females, and wondered if anyone else had had similar experiences. First of all, the packing job was *ok*... I generally frown on shipping inverts in cups with loose substrate (shipping millis or other sub-terrestrial inverts in a FULL cup of substrate is ok), and most of these roaches came in 8oz deli cups with loose substrate accompanying them. This means they were getting banged around a lot, so I'm sure that didn't help. Regardless, it wasn't enough to "squish" them or anything, and ALL 50+ nymphs were fine. However, there were three gravid adult females that just simply stopped moving in the following two days after I received them. They looked like they were having seizures or something similar... kind of a loss of motor control and spasms when they tried to move. And then they just stopped moving, stone dead. All adult males are fine, and two of the other gravid adult females are fine as well. Is this species especially sensitive to shipping stress? Does their being gravid affect their sensitivity to a greater level? Has anyone noticed shipping sensitivity in other large-bodied adult roaches (B. giganteus, B. fusca, B. colloseus, etc.)?
  17. I find that hard to believe... I literally dumped a large amount of predatory mites that were leftover from treating roach colonies into my Porcelia scaber colony, and the population of newborn isopods and springtails EXPLODED after that... ?
  18. This is exactly what I do as well... if you use sandpaper and scuff up the perimeter of the opening that the screen is to be applied to, as you said you did, and apply a generous amount of hot glue (I end up using a couple sticks per opening for a very thick perimeter as Doc said... and I do it inside AND outside the opening), then you should have zero problems. The only time I've known hot glue to fail is from extended exposure to direct heat (heat lamp resting on it or pointing at it, space heater in proximity, etc)... I would never recommend anything BUT hot glue... it's non-toxic, no fumes, easy to work with, and much cheaper than super glues...
  19. I dubia colony that numbered around 5000 as well, until one day a freak environmental toxin came into the basement and wiped out 2/3 of them, and killed one of my snakes! I suspect the village was spraying something and a freak air draft near the sill plate of the house carried it very precisely, leaving everything else unharmed. It's the only explanation other than massive coincidence, which is also possible I suppose. The only way I discovered it was to open their Rubbermaid container to find literally a 3" deep mass of dead bodies. I had only been maintenance feeding them once a week, so they had been rotting for several days, the smell was atrocious!
  20. Well huh... those are certainly candidates for the largest captive colonies in the world (never mind that Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete fraud). I'm a big fan of fools being separated from their money though, and kudos to that guy for turning it into a $160K a year business! Maybe I'm asking about the largest non-commercial colonies of large species then... specifically, the large Blaberus, I would guess. I wonder if there's a Guiness record for it yet?
  21. Yeah, I know the space issue is a major limiting factor... but, there are people in the reptile hobby who build giant custom enclosures for big snakes... one person I read went so far as to convert a bedroom as an enclosure for a ~20' reticulated python! So, I was wondering if there were some similarly-infatuated roach hobbyists who have daisy-chained the giant "Christmas tree Rubbermaids" or used a dry powder freight shipping container, or something similar to house a giant colony of giant roaches. B. fusca seems pretty hardy, and I would think you could hav a 3K-5K colony in a few years no problem if space wasn't an issue... and they wouldn't need quite the space of B. giganteus, for example. It does kind of make one wonder, though, what such an enclosure/environment would have to look like to sustain a large colony... it would be an interesting challenge. I saw a picture once of a hisser colony in the thousands at a museum that utilized a hollowed-out tree I think... that would be a huge step in the right direction for giganteus on that scale...
  22. Hey all! Some of you may remember me if you frequented Arachnoboards back in the day... potentially not fondly lol. However, I took a break from the hobby for a few years for grad school and kids, and now am building a new collection of various species that are "child/hand friendly", and the kids seem to love cockroaches. I am building several colonies of larger species (B. giganteus, A. tesselata, B. fusca, B. dubia) and some lateralis for fun. It did get me thinking though, as i'm building the colonies of larger species 10-40 individuals at a time, that there doesn't appear to be anyone who has an abundance of species like these... I'm thinking here of the giant Blaberus species primarily, and other such as tesselata. Any "feeder breeder" who has dubia for sale could have tens of thousands without even trying hard, but it seems even keepers who have solved the breeding issues for these other large roaches still aren't creating large colonies? I understand the difficulties with getting large Blaberus and tesselata to reproduce consistently, but it seems like if someone had "cracked the code", as it were, that there should be at least a few people out there with say, a colony of 1K B. giganteus or A. tesselata...? So, what are the largest colony sizes you all know of for some of these harder-to-breed species? First-, or second-, hand information is fine haha.
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