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Matttoadman

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  1. As a 20 year pest control technician, this scares me. Spraying fungus spores to kill bed bugs!?! As a pet insect keeper this horrifies me. They say it’s a strain that only kills bed bugs. I did learn something about these fungi. You must keep the spores below 90 degrees. Above 90 the spores die. So possibly heat could be used as a treatment to kill this in a roach colony? Worth trying if you get it. I guess the question is how hot can roaches survive that the spores can’t?
  2. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?sid=davidg2143&isRefine=true I have ordered from this guy three different times over the past 5 years. Always sends excellent specimens. For some odd reason they get from his house in Oregan to my door which is all the way on the other end of the United States faster than I can ship a letter to my next-door neighbor
  3. Thanks! Looks like keeping won’t be an issue. Hopefully They’ll start reproducing before they die out. I got mostly larger ones so it looks like they won’t live too much longer. And hopefully the feeder guppies don’t eat all the babies. I think I’ll add some more leaves for food and cover.
  4. I just collected some aquatic isopods from a local creek. Any tips on keeping them? Will they survive at room temperature (70-78)? I am planning on adding them to an established wild type guppy tank. It has duckweed, java moss, rocks, driftwood and leaves.
  5. So is it a good idea If you open a food you have been feeding for years 2 out of your 3 colonies appear to not eat it that it could be contaminated? I have used the cheap $2 bad of cat food to feed my roaches once every two weeks (oats daily). This bag they have left it uneaten for two days. I think the roaches may know something I don’t
  6. Perhaps having a display setup in which you only kept a few
  7. Yeah that was the one question I had. You could stack flat slate rocks for them to live between but unless you could keep enough water plants to utilize the frass as fertilizer then yes it would be gross
  8. I like them but I have a few of those native in my backyard. So not enough to keep them. Right now I am deciding between three species. 1) Lucihormetica sps. 2) Epilamprae “Borneo” and 3) Opisthoplatia orientalis. The last two I would eventually actually try them in a semi-aquatic enclosure. I have have semiaquatic tanks since I was in high school. Fiddler crabs, fire bellied toads and currently marsh crabs and marsh snails. With fish snails various crustaceans. Worth trying.
  9. I was under the assumption that they prefer above room temperature to breed well. Like warmer than the 80’s. Perhaps this is wrong? The species I had didn’t do much until I put a 50watt red bulb over them.
  10. Welcome to the hobby! A couple things. Roaches are semi-social. So when there are only a few they are going to stay hidden. Safety in numbers. It’s a self preservation tactic. Also individual roaches eat very little. And hissers need heat. Room temperature won’t cut it.
  11. Beautiful. This genus is a beautiful group. I find it interesting how if you disturb the adults they will expel foul smelling feces that is difficult to wash away. Very different than the defensive odors exuded by other genera. I’m guessing the defensive odors (Eublaberus for example) are not produced the same way.
  12. So my brother has just moved to a small town west of Dallas called Graham. Anyone know if any of the Arenivaga species could be found in this area and what habitat to look in?
  13. I just got a group of 25. Eublaberus sp. “ivory” last week. Lucihormetica is high on my possibility list.
  14. The good thing is after a visit to the allergy doctor (dang alpha-gal) I believe my assumed allergic reaction to my roaches may have been misplaced. It seems I have some other allergy problem going on. Funny how you can jump to a conclusion and then your mind helps foster it. My wife started her own colony of Dubia which she is keeping like my Eublaberids. Coco fiber, sticks, bark hide and oak leaves. I am going to add one more species. Something for my 2.5 gallon tall bugarium.
  15. Welcome! I found hissers to be rather tough critters. With their sticky pads on their feet you will find them (and most other species) to be rather difficult to flip off your hand. They are very resilient.
  16. I haven’t seen any evidence of premature death so hopefully it’s not that. I did a partial substrate change (1/3) cause I realized it has been a while since I added any. I also moisturized all the substrate and removed any debris. I found a lot of peach and cherry pits, pumpkin stems etc. my wife reminded me we were feeding three leopard geckos and a bearded dragon and added three more leopard geckos. So have a feeling I have been feeding from it more than I realize. I looked through it last night and I found several newly matured adults. I also got a start of Eublaberus “ivory” to get a second colony going.
  17. So I have had a colony of Eublaberus serranus since 2016. I have kept them in a 10 gallon fish tank with around 6 inches of coconut fiber , bark pieces and stick for the adults to rest on. I usually see around 30 adults with several dozen nymphs of various sizes. I keep the substrate mostly damp and mist weekly, feed oats a couple times a week, and add fruit and veggie scraps almost daily. I feed cat food sporadically. The temp is 75-80. The numbers are with me removing some for feeding my lizards. But that was usually 12-24 nymphs a week and maybe 2 males a week. But my numbers held. The past several months my numbers have dropped. I have maybe had 6-12 adults and a couple dozen almost ready to mature and a couple dozen fresh nymphs. I stopped pulling out any to feed. When I add food it used to disappear with in seconds. Now I see oats and fruit on the surface for days. I have had to remove it to keep out flies. No dead found. Do colonies start to fizzle over time? Do I need to add some fresh blood? The substrate looks the same as always(smells like fresh garden soil) but maybe I need to refresh the substrate or add to it? Any other tips for maintaining a colony long term?
  18. So what I wonder is if perhaps a diet that would be similar to what that species of aunt would eat might be helpful or even necessary? I would definitely research that ant , Because it would appear to me that there’s something about the ant colony that is necessary for rearing. Ants in general Feed on a lot of sugary items. They also have a period where they switch over to protein-based food. I wouldn’t even go as far as to collect some of those ants and kill them and feed them to the roaches. You never know there could be something in the gut of that ant that is necessary. Speculation of course
  19. I have been fascinated with the species of cockroaches that are found living in caves for a very long time. I currently have Eublaberus serranus and E. “Ivory”(in the mail). I am curious if anyone has any information or can direct me to where information can be read and researched about this particular environment for cockroaches. I am not referring to the species of cockroaches that live deep into the caves where they have evolved into eyeless and pigmentless creatures. How deep are they usually found in the caves? Are they always found in association with bats? Are they dependent on life in the cave or can also be found in the areas around the exterior of the cave? It may be that These questions are different depending on the species. What species are known to truly inhabit caves?
  20. I have had Eublaberus Serranus since 2016. As well as several other species. But now only the pantanals. In the end the Eublaberus will win. Which species? I have tried adding isopods of various species, millipedes. There have been accidental “temporary” roach additions. Little Kenyans and red runners. Eublaberus appear to be voracious eaters and the others dont survive. Once the population gets high enough nothing not even fungus gnats survive. I think they like to taste everything. And Of course if enough taste something alive it’s going to die. They eat there own dead. Adult Dubai and E. serranus do not actually look alike. The E. serranus are substantially larger and bulkier. The question is will the ivory outcompete the pantanals? I have noticed my pantanal slow during the winter. It maybe that I don’t supply enough supplemental heat and the humidity drops severely here in the winter.
  21. So have you thought of trying to start an ant colony to put them in with? Since they were found with a Campontus species you might could try one native to where you live? Camponotus pennsylvanica (the carpenter ant) is fairly common.
  22. If I did anything to stir up the substrate (dubia, B. Lateralis, N. cinarea, B fusca ) my eyes would water, nose run, sinus swell, sneeze, cough etc. My assumption it was to the dry frass and exoskeletons. The Eublaberus seem to eat and compost the above. Pycnoscelus Species are cool. I will research them. Thanks.
  23. In 2016, I got into roaches. I greatly enjoy them. However, 8 species later and I began to have some allergy problem. Sifting through the dry frass would mess me up for days. Hissers literally gave me hives. So I started to cut away the species. But with each species reduction only pantanal roaches don’t bother me. My guess is pantanals are kept in damp coco fiber and the “composting” ability keeps the dust and frass down, plus they eat all the body parts of the dead. So other than other Eublaberus species, does anyone have any other suggestions? I do use them as feeders for my leopard geckos so they do need to produce decently and steadily. The pantanals seem to be “seasonal” and slow down to a crawl during the winter.
  24. Basically once a roach shows a resistance to a chemical, increasing the potency merely speeds up the resistance over time. The resistance begins because they get sublethal doses. It’s sort of like what we are seeing with antibiotics. Most chemicals on the market, especially over the counter are derived from a species of chrysanthemum. They contain a natural insecticide the plant uses for protection. The labs have just created their own version of them. Roaches are just about immune to it though. They have tried looking at other plant created insecticides. For example nicotine in tobacco. They however have been banned almost. They seemed to potent on bees.
  25. Well I don’t think it’s about creating something more toxic. They usually look for another family of chemicals or a new mode of action. The problem is the companies selling over the counter. The problem is untrained individuals use chemical incorrectly and lead to the resistance. It’s all about following the label and knowing where and what to do with it. In my own observations I have found that the tiniest amount of pesticide placed in a perfect spot can crash the population. Most people have a more is better approach and make it worse. I have a saying. You can take a machine gun squirrel hunting but you still end up with a dead squirrel.
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