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Eww! Cockroaches!

Cockroaches-How do they make it to the third floor?!

Postby hairy knuckles » 01 Jul 2004, 18:35

1) Crawling up the stairs and then under the doors?
2)Up through the drain pipes and then under the doors?
3)Fly onto the balcony?
4)Jump onto the balcony from nearby trees?
5)Get brought into the home by the owner when at a miniscule size.
6)Enter through tiny cracks/holes in the walls?

Are there any major differences between an all-black one and the type that is light brown and has dark brown streaks on the back?
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Postby MJB » 01 Jul 2004, 19:10

All but number 5.
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Postby Rascal » 02 Jul 2004, 10:23

Cockroaches get eventually everywhere, even up to the 11th floor or higher.

You forgot another option: taking the elevator. :wink:
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Postby songzzz » 02 Jul 2004, 11:07

They are born there.
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Postby mod lang » 02 Jul 2004, 12:45

Get a cat. Cats in Taiwan love to eat cockroaches.
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Postby OldToeSave » 02 Jul 2004, 12:49

mod lang wrote:Get a cat. Cats in Taiwan love to eat cockroaches.


Really?

Get some Geckos...same reason and not as smelly.

I keep an empty tin can around and trap them. I then leave them to their own good graces. They usually die after 2 or 3 days, but I had one live for 3 weeks.

I actually trapped 2 in one can the other day. They were both dead the next morning.

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Postby mod lang » 02 Jul 2004, 12:57

Why do you think people domesticated cats in the first place?

They're not just furry little layabouts to stroke and pet. Sometimes cats actually do have a practical purpose.
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Postby Mother Theresa » 02 Jul 2004, 13:00

Get a gecko? Geckos came with my place. I see them often on the walls and ceiling and hear their call. Fortunately, I've explained to my wife that they eat mosquitos, so she too appreciates them. I can't imagine them eating cockroaches though -- do they really?

Mod Lang, does your cat lick your face after she's eaten cockroaches?

In our apartment one of their major points of entry for cockroaches is the drains in the bathroom, or so I believe because the bathroom is one of the most likely places we find them.

My wife has me go in with a flip-flop and smack them. I had a student once who was a devout buddhist and she told me she and her husband would throw their cockroaches out the window rather than kill them.
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Postby Dangermouse » 02 Jul 2004, 13:50

I keep an empty tin can around and trap them. I then leave them to their own good graces. They usually die after 2 or 3 days, but I had one live for 3 weeks.


I thought gheckos lived for ages. They really do eat cockroaches. I saw one while waiting outside a 7-11. It wasn't very big but it ran down the 7-11 window to catch a strolling cockroach which was about 4 times wider than the ghecko. I don't know how it swallowed it.
And it's true, gheckos really do keep the mosquito population down. They can come round my place for tea anytime.
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Postby Rascal » 02 Jul 2004, 14:18

Geckos, or rather the common house lizards, shit around anywhere. Well, better than a cockroach crawling into your bed ...
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