Saturday, October 22, 2011

How To Kill A Cockroach

Cockroaches.
Filthy.
Apart from acting as an indicator of hygiene, the presence of this six-legged creature often prompt nerve-breaking shrieks and wails from ladies.

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Cockroaches, however, are no less fascinating. They're nocturnal, have two brains (one inside their skulls, and a second, more primitive brain that is back near their abdomen), they have cream-colored blood, they can tolerate a higher dose of radiation (cockroaches survived the atomic bombs test blast at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands), and female stores sperms which may last her a lifetime.

Cockroaches will eat almost anything including glue, feces, hair, decayed leaves, paper, leather, banana skins, other cockroaches, and dead or alive humans. They will not, however, eat cucumbers. They are particulary fond of dried milk around a baby’s mouth. German cockroaches Blattella germanica, the most common domestic roach in the United States, have been observed to live 45 days without food, and more than two weeks with neither food nor water.
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The roaches are not confined to any particular environment and live in a tremendous variety of places, from underneath woodpiles in Alaska to high in the jungle canopy in the tropics of Costa Rica. They are even found in the caves of Borneo and under the thorn bushes in arid stretches of Kenya. Wherever they live, they are masters at surviving.
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The insect is also notoriously hard to kill.

Richard Schweid, the author of The Cockroach Papers observes that

“when a cockroach feels a breeze stirring the hairs on its cerci, it does not wait around to see what is going to happen next, but leaves off whatever it is doing and goes immediately into escape mode in something remarkably close to instantaneous fashion.”
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Studies show that a cockroaches can respond in about 1/20th of a second, so

“by the time a light comes on and human sight can register it, much less react by reaching for and hoisting something with which to squash it, a roach is already locomoting towards safety.”
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Since it's almost impossible to kill a cockroach physically, we should let them come to us instead.
Moist stale while bread with warm, slightly soured beer, and then place it in a jar. Apply petroleum jelly, for example Vaseline to the interior rim of the jar to prevent the trapped insect from climbing out.
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Next, dispose the intruder accordingly. You may not want it to return so make sure it is killed and not released. It's not an endangered species anyway.



Malcolm
Info: http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/why-is-it-so-hard-to-kill-a-cockroach-with-your-shoe/

4 comments:

  1. what a cruel way to murder

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  2. I dont even want hearing such mess. So glad there are quick solutions.

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  3. This trap can help in controlling the cockroach population. However, if they've already established their colony at your house, you should call for professional exterminators. I'm sure they'll give you tips in keeping your house pest free.

    Alta Peng @ Liberty Pest Inc

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  4. What kind of tip is this, not what the title is saying. Get out of my search results if you're just pissing on about what the other 20 results already said.

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