Roach Eats Spider!

A few days ago, we tried feeding our Giant Huntsman Spider, one of the largest species of spider in the world, a cockroach. Upon first glance, one would think, “oh the spider won of course!” however in this crazy turn of events the roach won the battle. While filming the attack, the spider missed its prey and ended up tangling its font two legs within its own webbing! Overtime we thought it might get free and try again, but a few days later we noticed that the spider no longer had a face and the cockroach was completely unscathed. A few more days passed, and the spiders entire body was soon missing.  After close examination, we realized that there were indeed a few remains of the spider’s legs, and with that it was decided that the cockroach decided to make a meal out of its predator. Huntsman Spiders are known to catch on average, 90% of their prey, and after some research we have not been able to find a similar event in an enclosure or captured in the wild. We are completely awestruck because roaches don’t generally win, and if they do they certainly don’t eat the predator!

See the video here:

Super Roach Unmasked

Face-To-Face_With_RoachWe all know that the most sly and sneaky creepy crawler out there is the cockroach. This bug will eat our pizza or snickers bar if open and left out; it will even raid our pantries and refrigerators. Over a span of many years this bug has put up quite a resistance in the war against mankind. The roach is one of the most exterminated bugs by pest control professionals, but in the 1990’s in Florida, some of the exterminator’s tricks stop working. This was because the roaches developed a trick of their own; ditching their sweet tooth.

One of the professional tactics used against cockroaches is baiting them with a sweet, sugary poison. In the 90’s when this bait stopped working, researchers started speculating about this seemingly invincible pest. How had the bug avoided the sweet scent and taste of the concoction? Researchers from Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal looked into that very question.

The Findings

Using the common German cockroach, researchers studied the reason for this change in roach behavior. Roaches use taste hairs all over their bodies instead of taste buds to taste their food. Researchers focused on the taste hairs around their mouths and two types of nerve cells that transmit signals to the brain. One of these transmits the taste of bitterness, while the other transmits the taste of sweetness. When the brain received the sweet signal, the roaches were, of course, inclined to eat the substance, and when it received a signal of bitterness, the roaches laid off. The three researchers from North Carolina determined that glucose, which is the main ingredient used in most sugary products, stimulates the bitter receptor in the roach’s brain.

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Entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, and Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis who were not involved in the research, made some remarks on the findings.

Buczkowski said, “We lose baits all the time.”  He expanded by saying that the bug industry has to keep up with the evolution of these bugs in order to maintain the effectiveness of their products. New poisons are constantly developed, because cockroaches and other pests become resistant to the poison, just as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

The findings now explain that it wasn’t an ineffective poison, or that the roaches developed immunity to it. The cockroaches simply changed their genetic make-up and lost the attraction to glucose. Now some roaches are passing off this gene and evolving into some sort of super roach.

Walter S. Leal says, “Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application five years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years.”

These results seem to be well on their way to helping the pest control industry and mankind in general to keep a leg up on the evolving cockroach.

Roach Control Company

CockroachRoaches are very small pests that will infest your home if not controlled. They are very small pests that can reproduce very quickly. There are four main cockroaches that will infest a home: the Brown Banded roach, the German roach, the Oriental roach, and the most common; the American roach or sewer roach.

What does a roach look like? 

The four different types of cockroaches will all vary in size and shape. The Brown Banded and German roach are the about the same size; or 1/8 of an inch. The coloring of both cockroaches is very similar. Both roaches are a light tan to light brown color. On the other hand, the Oriental and American roach are bigger in size; about 1 inch long. The coloring is as very similar. They are brown to a dark drown; almost black color.

Where do roaches live? 

Dead_Roaches_DustpanThe type of cockroach will greatly determine where a roach will live. The smaller Brown Banded and German roach will live in warm dry places; like where the hot water heater or dryer will be. The Oriental and American cockroach will live more in dark wet areas; like washers, and sinks. When roaches find what they like, they will infest the area and take over if not exterminated.

How to control the roach problem? 

The best way to control roaches is to have a company come out and treat for them. To fully control roaches, a three part treatment must be done. The first part is to treat inside the walls of the home with an in-wall treatment.  The in-wall treatment will exterminate any roach living in the walls. The second part is to treat around the foundation of the home, using a power sprayer, not a back pack sprayer. The last part is to treat at the source of the cockroach problems, the plants. Using granules to treat the plants will help control the roaches, and eliminate them from the source.

Make sure you solicit the services of a professional roach control company when facing a cockroach problem.

American Cockroach Control

American roachAmerican cockroaches are the biggest cockroaches, and some of the fastest bugs to infest a home.

What does the American roach look like? 

The American cockroach will have a reddish brown colored body, and will have yellow markings around the head. Off the head the American roach will have two long antennas. The American roach can grow to about two inches.

Where will you see American cockroaches?  

Outside of the home, American cockroaches will be found by your plants, gardens, and any really damp warm areas. Inside the home American roaches can be found hiding in cabinets, under sinks, in the bath room, and in the walls of the home. American cockroaches will infest your home very quick. The egg capsules of an American cockroach will hold about 15 eggs, and each roach and lay up to 10 egg capsules. Each egg capsule will then hatch about 45 days after being laid.

Why are there American cockroaches in my home? 

American_Cockroach_SideMost of the American cockroaches in your home will be there looking for shelter and food. American roaches will eat just about anything. Their meal plan will consist of cosmetics, beer, potted plants, soap, hair, toenails, and postage stamps.

What should I do if I see American cockroaches in my home?

If you are seeing them in your home the best thing to do is call some one that can control the American roaches. American cockroaches are very hard to control if not treated correctly. Bulwark Pest Control will come treat your home with a power sprayer, temp dust, baits and granules. This treatment is strong enough to eliminate the problem, and will ensure that the American cockroaches will be controlled. Bulwark Pest Control is licensed and insured. Yes, every one of Bulwark Technicians are state licensed, and in-house trained.

(Viral Video) Roaches Steal Your Food

Roach On CrackerThere’s no question that cockroaches are one of the most disgusting pests out there. Scurrying into our homes through the smallest of cracks in the cover of darkness; roaches hide inside our walls and cupboards, eating our food.

Eating our food???

Yes, you heard me right! If you have cockroaches in your home, you are sharing your food with them. Roaches will eat just about anything organic; even fingernail clippings, human hair, and not only Fido’s food, but his droppings as well. Yuck!!!

While these repulsive bugs will eat just about anything, their favorite foods happen to be sugary and starchy in nature… Like donuts!!!

Watch as this pesky cockroach steals a donut for himself:

It get’s worse! Once roaches eat your food, they spit it up, and then indulge once more. Any food in your kitchen, that is not properly sealed, is susceptible; and will likely be an easy meal for a family of cockroaches.

What’s that? You don’t mind sharing!?!

Keep in mind that cockroaches are known for spreading diseases by transporting microbes on their bodies. In addition to polio, typhoid fever, leprosy, bubonic plaque, and over 40 different types of bacteria; cockroaches have also been shown to cause allergic reactions in humans, and are linked to asthma.

You definitely don’t want to share your food with cockroaches. Don’t let cockroaches steal your donuts, get professional roach control today!

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Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat

Trick or Treat kids in costumesThis Halloween, as you’re carving your jack-o-lanterns, watching your scary movies and handing out bowls of trick-or-treat candy to all of those superheroes, princesses, ghosts and goblins that come ringing your doorbell; be on the look-out for Halloween intruders!

Watch the horror unfold as one of these Halloween intruders is caught red handed:

Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat

 

 

Cockroaches are notorious consumers of anything sweet or starchy; and all of your Halloween favorites fall into this category. Your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, your fun size Snickers bars, and your miniature Hershey’s bars are all vulnerable.

This Halloween, don’t share your trick-or-treat candy with cockroaches! Get professional roach control!

Happy Halloween

 

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All of us here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating wish you all a very safe and Happy Halloween! May your Halloween be cockroach free!

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Pest Of The Week: The Australian Cockroach

Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach)
Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

While common in Australia (hence the name Australian cockroach) the Australian Cockroach is also very prevalent in the southern United States. Because of their large size and similar coloring, the Australian cockroach is often times confused for the American cockroach. Both are a reddish brown in color, but the Australian roach has a yellow stripe that runs near the side of its wings. The Australian is also a little bit smaller, compared to the American roach, with average lengths of 1.2 to 1.5 inches; which is still rather big for a roach species.

Unlike a lot of species of roach, the Australian cockroach prefers the outdoors. Since they cannot tolerate colder weather, they will usually only enter homes when it suddenly gets cooler. Another unique characteristic of this roach is that is quite vegetarian; feasting mainly on organic materials like plants and veggies. Although this is their preferred diet, they also seem fond of starchy substances like the glue of book bindings. Like any other species of roach, professional roach control techniques can manage the Australian cockroach populations near a home or property.

My Cockroaches Are Worth How Much?!

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They’re nasty! They scuttle along your kitchen counters and cupboards, only to dart off into deepest cracks and crevices of your home as soon as you flip on the lights. They multiply like crazy; and before long you’re overrun with them. I’m referring, of course, to cockroaches!

But I bet you didn’t know that your roaches could be a blessing in disguise?

If your home is swarming with cockroaches, turn your misery into your next business venture! Ground-up cockroach powder is selling for top dollar in China!

Cockroaches Are Worth How Much?

Ground-up cockroach powder is selling for top dollar in China, fetching prices as high as 1200 Yuan per kilo or approximately $90 a pound!

The cockroach powder is used in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and is claimed to cure several different diseases.

Currently there is a massive demand for these cockroach pests. In fact, pulverized cockroach powder is in such short supply, the price of cockroaches is expected to double within the next year. About 1,000 tons of cockroach powder is currently available every year, but the demands are estimated to be well over 3,000 tons. This has lead to widespread cockroach farms through-out China and other parts of Asia.

Cockroach Benefits Per Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

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According to practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC), cockroaches that have been ground into a powder are excellent at treating several ailments. Some of these ailments include:

  • Bone Tuberculosis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cirrhosis
  • Spleen and liver swelling
  • Anti-aging effects

Becoming A Roach Entrepreneur

Think you have the stomach to be surrounded by millions of creepy-crawly roaches all day– I have the career for you! With just a handful of roach larvae, and the appropriate roach housing, food and water, you can become a cockroach rancher!

You can start off small, but before long you’ll have roaches coming out of your ears! One pair of mating cockroaches can yield well over 10 Million baby cockroaches!

Raising the cockroaches is the easy part; it’s drying them up and grinding them into a powder that it congruent with TCM that is a little trickier. It’s an industry secret.

Want in on this industry secret… Well, you’re in luck. For a mere $58.81 U.S. Dollars (360 Chinese Yuan) you can order the complete 24 volume e-book, three illustrated guides, and seven DVD collection that offers all of the ins and outs of insect ranching!

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Get started here: http://zixun.3158.cn/20120723/n519509372254236.html

Fair warning though… Your neighbors may not be very happy with your new career choice, as cockroach escapees are common place in the industry. Your neighbors homes may have a few of your roaches wander into their home.

Cockroaches

 

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One of the hardiest pests found in the world, is the cockroach. These pests have been around for millions of years; and are so hardy, that some have even predicted that they will survive the apocalypse. This hardiness has developed through years of evolution; evolving to the point where roaches are even becoming resistant to common pesticides. In order to eliminate and control serious roach infestations, a roach control professional, who is up-to-date on all the newest roach control methods, is needed… Unless you’re interested in becoming a cockroach entrepreneur.

 

Cockroach Man Makes Front Page Of Google

Have any of you been to Google.com today? If not, hurry over there and take a look at Google’s latest “doodle” logo. In place of the regular multi-colored text, today on July 3, Google doodled a cockroach coming through a door. He is even donning “press hat”, bow tie and a briefcase. A little odd, don’t you think?

Goodle Doodle of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Goodle Doodle of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Every once and a while Google will roll out a new doodle on their front page, typically to commemorate the birthday of a historical figure or the anniversary date of an important event. June 3rd, 2013 would mark the 130th the birthday of Franz Kafka, a German writer and novelist known for his abstract and existential themes. After earning a law degree and working at an insurance agency, Kafka spent much of his spare time writing novels and short stories. He would later leave his job, dedicating the remainder of his life to his works. Many of his writings were heavy themed, dealing with such topics as alienation, parent and child conflict and bureaucracy.

Google’s doodle honors Kafka iconic novella The Metamorphosis, the story of a salesman named Gregor Samsa who woke up one day to discovery that he had mysteriously metamorphosed into a “monstrous vermin”. Scholars have since interpreted Kafka’s idea as a giant bug or insect, most similar to a cockroach. Gregor, horrified by his new appearance, confines himself to his apartment. When family and work colleagues coming looking for him, he finds it difficult to communicate through the doorway because his voice has also transformed.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Long story short, his sister starts to take care of him as he soon becomes completely dependent on her for survival. His family soon after starts to feel the financial burden of his transformation, as Gregor was a primary source of income for other members of his family. He has a few run-ins with his dad. He eventually dies and his family is actually happy and relieved as they feel the financial burden has been lifted.

Yeah, I know, not necessarily the happiest story you’ve heard today, but The Metamorphosis and other of Kafka’s writings are considered some of the most influential writings of the 20th century.

5 For Friday: Pest Control Link Round-Up

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 Pest Of The Week: The Asian Cockroach

 

In most of the southeast United States, the Asian cockroach is commonly considered a considerable pest control problem. In highly infested areas of North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia; some 250,000 cockroaches per acre have been discovered. These cockroaches are not as common in urban areas, but can frequently be found in and around suburban and rural properties. They are excellent fliers, and are abundant outdoors.

Many homeowners confuse the Asian cockroach with the German cockroach. It is argued if these two species of cockroach are related, but there are a few many similarities. There are also a few differences between the Asian and German cockroaches. The wings of the Asian cockroach are usually longer and narrower, and they are also lighter in color than most German cockroaches.

No matter the type of cockroach that’s invading your South-Eastern property, you just don’t want any of these pests inside your home. They will eat your food and spread disease. Appropriate roach control measures must be taken to eliminate Asian cockroaches.

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