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cockroach INFESTATION Epsom Auckland

Oct 1, 2016

Thousands of cockroaches invade Auckland David and Philippa Gravatt say they have caught 2000 cockroaches around their Epsom property this summer. A war has broken out in Auckland and there have been thousands of casualties. Cockroaches  invading David and Philippa Gravatt’s Epsom property for the past three summers. Every night David sets about six traps around his Albury Rd house and wakes to find them covered in hundreds of cockroaches. David and Philippa Gravatt have tried all sorts of methods to get rid of the roaches. David says the average nightly haul is 120 roaches. This summer’s total has nearly reached 2000.   Thousands of cockroaches infest Auckland “We’ve had thousands this summer, literally thousands,” he says. “I put bait out where the cockroaches are and then go back 10 minutes later and see 20 or 30 of them, just like that.” Philippa says their neighbors are having similar problems, …

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cockroach eradication

Oct 1, 2016
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Science rebuffs cockroaches myth Cockroaches are widely used in scientific research and experiments. Cockroaches are widely used in scientific research and experiments. Scientists say that humans have a biased view of the most repugnant insect – the cockroach. Not all species of cockroaches are pests. In fact, these group of insects have a diversity of forms, and some are used for medicinal purposes. Although cockroaches can withstand up to 10 times more radiation than humans, they are not immune to it. George Beccaloni, curator of orthopteroid insects at the Natural History Museum in London, said that there are about as many cockroach species as there are mammals, and only 30 of the known 5,000 species have pest-like tendencies. He explained that these insects live in many diverse environments, so they come in various shapes and sizes. While most people consider cockroaches as obnoxious creatures, China values these insects for their medicinal …

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Hard to SQUISH cockroach?

Sep 27, 2016
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Why are cockroaches so hard to SQUISH? Have you ever stomped a roach, just to have it skitter away unscathed?* Or seen one disappear into an impossibly small crack? Now scientists have figured out how they do that, and the results are terrifying. The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana, aka “the big ones”) can squeeze through a crack the height of two stacked pennies in about a second-a fact newly discovered by two brave scientists who are probably still seeing roaches squeezing under the doors of their nightmares. Not only can roaches fit through tight spaces by flattening their flexible exoskeleton and splaying their legs to the side, the researchers found, they can keep running nearly as fast while squished, the team reports Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (In roach terms, top speed is 1.5 meters, or 50 body lengths, per second. Scaled up, that’s equivalent …

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Are cockroaches RADIATION proof?

Sep 27, 2016
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Are cockroaches RADIATION proof? Reputation: Yuck. Cockroaches are filthy, immortal scavengers that are unaffected by radiation. In a post-apocalyptic world, it will be these dirty little critters that survive. We would be better off without them. Reality: There are almost 5,000 species of cockroaches, of which only around 30 have any pest-like tendencies. These few malign a group of insects that boasts an astonishing, enriching diversity of forms. Cockroaches are pretty well toasted by radiation. The sight of a cockroach scuttling across the kitchen floor is distinctly unsavoury. This emotional truth has led most of us to believe that all cockroaches must be similarly repugnant. But not George Beccaloni, curator of orthopteroid insects at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. He is on the side of the cockroaches. “People have a very biased view of the group,” he says. Cockroaches are found on all continents apart from Antarctica, from …

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Flying Cockroaches!

Sep 27, 2016
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Flying Cockroaches! Heat Sends Your Favorite Pests Soaring The summer heat may give American cockroaches like this one enough energy to take to the skies. Summer weather can make for hot, sticky and uncomfortable days. And if staying cool and keeping hydrated aren’t enough to worry about, heat waves could cause cockroaches to take to the skies. Yes, you read that right. Flying cockroaches. “Cockroaches, like all insects, are cold-blooded, meaning their activity rate increases with temperature,” said Jules Silverman, an entomologist and professor at North Carolina State University, in an interview with Live Science. (Cold-blooded creatures are ectothermic, which means they depend on external heat to keep their bodies warm.) This also means that the species of cockroach that are able to fly (and most of them are capable) are probably more likely to do so in warmer places, said Silverman. If you think that flying cockroaches are especially …

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controlling cockroaches

Jun 9, 2016
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controlling cockroach enthusiasm concerns. When RoboRoach appeared as a Kickstarter project in June, the project to control a living cockroach’s movements using a smartphone, generated buzz and was successfully funded. Now the project is poised for a large-scale launch in November, but some dissidents have raised ethics concerns about the way it frames animal experimentation. Greg Gage and Tim Marzullo, who are both trained neuroscientists and engineers, cofounded Backyard Brains, the company behind RoboRoach. According to the Kickstarter page, RoboRoach is a backpack that the roach wears that “communicates directly to the neurons via small electrical pulses.” By trimming the roach’s antenna to insert wires that could be attached to the Bluetooth backpack, aspiring neuroscientists can control the roach through a smartphone. Gage and Marzullo have billed the project as a way to spark an interest in neuroscience in students as young as 10 years old. But some experts are concerned about the …

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