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57076.  Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:11 am Reply with quote

Question: Why is stamping-on and killing a cockroach not a good idea?

Forfeit: Because it could help to spread its eggs.

Answer: Because chances are you’d be killing a perfectly harmless animal.

There is a widespread myth that when one encounters a cockroach one should not stamp on it, lest its eggs get spread, and heaven forbid become embedded in one’s shoes. The fact of the matter is, that a cockroaches lay their eggs in cases called ootheca, usually between 8 and 10 mm in length, about the size of a pea and pretty fragile; a decent enough stamp with normal trainer treads should have no problem in squishing the eggs.

The cockroach are an important part of the ecosystem in many parts of the world, they scavenge organic litter, especially in the world’s forests, turning dead vegetation into vital soil nutrients. Despite their reputation, less than one percent of cockroach species are deemed as pests by the WHO, though in the household there is a strong association between the presence of Cockies and the severity of Asthma symptoms. Cockroach saliva and faeces do contain proteins which some asthmatics are particularly sensitive to.

So if you decide that you wish to remove a cockroach what is the most humane way? Tape newspaper to the outside of a glass jar and smear Vaseline along the inside of the jar’s lip, placing food inside. Roaches who climb into the jar are unable to climb back out over the Vaseline. You can then simply release them outside.

Female Cockroaches prefer to mate with males who are lower down the pecking-order. Apparently the more “alpha” a male is, the more violently he reproduces. The higher ranking cockies will go to great lengths to stop the females from finding a weaker partner.

189652.  Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:45 pm Reply with quote

Not all cockroaches lay eggs, some bear live young.

189707.  Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:17 pm Reply with quote

That's quite interesting, Beep; can you provide some more info on viviparous cockroaches, please?

189718.  Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:49 am Reply with quote

Sure...the rhinoceros cockroach. The female gives birth to live young (up to 30) and keeps them in a brood chamber at the bottom of the burrow until they are old enough to build burrows of their own.

190099.  Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:25 am Reply with quote

This may seem unQuakerly of me, but any cockroach showing its feelers in my kitchen is likely to get squished, regardless of how harmless it might be.

190122.  Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:04 am Reply with quote

This may have been on another thread, but the myth that cockroaches would survive a nuclear holocaust is complete bollocks. They would die before we would.

May have been on QI, actually.

Laughing Feet
206865.  Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:52 pm Reply with quote

Let's not wait until Armageddon - let's just squish the buggers now while we have the chance. If they want to stay in the forests, fine! I have no problem with that. If they want to co-habit with ME, then Doc Martin to the forefront every time.


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