Donald Dunham - 1/17/2009
Cockroaches are one of the oldest insect orders and have a history going back about 300 million
Cockroaches are one of the oldest insect orders and have a history going back about 300 million years; there are
3500-4000 species that we know about.
The roach that we call the palmetto bug (Periplaneta americana) can bekept In a plastic box with most of the lid
cut out in the center and a peace of metal screen glued to the inside surface.
To keep it simple and not too much of a hassle you need to keep them in a large enough box to be able to get some
out with out them escaping.
I use a box that is about 16 inches wide 18 inches high and about 40 inches long and use egg crates (the
cardbord kind you can get from restaurants) for them to hide in, on one end of the box and in front of those
I use toilet paper tubes so some of the roaches hide in them.
When I need some, I open a door that I cut in the side of the box (I use duct tape for a hinge and a small piece to
tape it shut) put my collection jar with lid inside grab a toilet paper tube and shake the bugs into the jar and
put the lid back on real fast.
And yes they are hard to handle, but they are one of the best foods you can use.
After I get them into the jar I place the jar in the refrigerator to slow them down and then feed them to my pets.
To feed them I use non colored cat food and worm chow, old bread, anything dry with no food coloring.
Use romaine lettuce and a slice of orange for water.
For the finer details you can e-mail me.
Green Banana or Cuban roach
I use a 10 gallon fish tank for these guys because the nymphs like to bury them selves in the soil.
The reason I like these roaches so well is that the nymphs can’t climb glass.
The adults however can fly really well.
Care is the same as above.