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Unknown Parent Exposes An Appalling Cockroach Infestation Within A School
These days, it cannot be stressed enough that, for some reason or other, schools are targeted by insects for infestation. All over the world schools are reporting insect infestations. The most common problem-insects are bed bugs, but termites have also been reported as infesting several schools. There is only so many times that a person can read a story about an insect infestation within a school before the stories become boring and commonplace. However, one recent case of an insect-infested school is quickly becoming an exciting news story. Recent photos have surfaced that show a severe cockroach infestation within an elementary school cafeteria. These photos were taken and posted to social media by an unknown parent of a student. Many people believe this woman acted contrary to the school district’s wishes when she went public with the photo of a roach infestation within her child’s school.
Some people remember elementary school better than others, but we can all agree that cafeteria food in public schools was not exactly prized cuisine. For many students, going to the cafeteria represents yet another attempt to choke down soft and strangely moist chicken nuggets, while trying to avoid making visual contact with their questionable-looking applesauce. In other words, eating school food is already gross as far as many students are concerned, so the last thing they need is a cockroach nest hovering over them while they eat in the cafeteria. It is probable that many of the students were grateful to the parent for exposing the revolting infestation.
According to the unnamed woman who took the picture and exposed it in the media, she was only motivated by a desire to prevent the students from becoming sick, as cockroaches are filthy creatures that can transmit disease-causing bacteria. School officials have claimed that a pest control officer is handling the roach-infested ceiling in the school’s cafeteria.
Do you ever recall spotting insects within your school growing up?
Cockroach Farm Uses AI Technology To Manage Billions Of Cockroaches
Recently, in the country of China, a vast amount of cockroach farms have been established. Every one of these many cockroach farms produces millions of cockroaches regularly. However, no cockroach farm in China can match the productivity demonstrated by a particular farm located in the town of Xichang, in the southwestern Sichuan province. The area where the cockroach breeding grounds are located spans the length and width of two football fields. Each year, within this large area, twenty eight thousand cockroaches are produced for every square foot of space. The farm produces approximately six billion cockroaches annually. At no point in history have so many cockroaches reproduced within such a confined area. The sheer scope of the cockroach farming operation has led to many scientific and technological advancements that have been praised by the Chinese Government. In response to these advancements, the government presented the owners with the prestigious National Science Award.
You may wonder why a nation would raise so many cockroaches within industrial farms, especially when there already exists plenty of cockroaches active within the wild, and not to mention within people’s homes. It should not be surprising that physicians in China practice a different approach toward medicine. The Country has a rich history of herbal or “natural” medical treatments, and this is where cockroaches fit in. Many citizens of China use cockroach-based products to alleviate certain health conditions, particularly skin conditions. Cockroaches are also used for making a “healing potion” that is popular among the people of China. Each cockroach raised in the enormous Xichang farm will eventually be used for making only medical remedies.
The most amazing aspect of the farm in Xichang is the fact that the farm’s operations are managed by a computer system that uses Artificial Intelligence. Before researchers developed the particular AI system used in the farm, nobody thought that a cockroach farm could pull off the high degree of manufacturing productivity that has been demonstrated in the Xichang farm. This seemingly impossible level of productivity was made possible by the AI system’s ability to regulate all aspects of climate as well as monitoring genetic mutations occurring within cockroach families.
Do you think that cockroaches are the most abundant insects on earth?
The Cockroaches That Can Jump Long Distances
Cockroaches are already frightening and repellent creatures, so they certainly do not need any new features that make them any more horrific than they already are. However, there are around four thousand cockroach species in the world, and some species are very different from others. Most people are only familiar with American or German cockroaches since they are commonly found within people’s homes. However, there is one cockroach species that is able to jump at distances that equal fifty times their own body length. The idea of a jumping cockroach is enough to give some people nightmares, but luckily you won’t be finding this cockroach species under your sink.
Back in 2011 researchers discovered a new roach species that is now commonly referred to as a leaproach. This cockroach is rarely found scuttling across the ground like other cockroach species; instead the leaproach prefers to hop continuously. This cockroach has adapted to its environment by growing powerful hind legs with spring-loaded knees. This cockroach must jump in order to see where it is going within areas that contain tall sedge grass. Other cockroaches that share the same environment with leaproaches have not adapted the ability to jump. According to zoologist Mike Picker of the University of Cape Town, leaproaches possess unique bodies that “evolved around a leaping form of locomotion”. In fact, the leaproach is the only roach species that does not scuttle about on the ground.
The leaproaches’ body is similar to a grasshopper’s body, but the leaproach can jump more than twice as far as grasshoppers and locusts. According to experts, the leaproach could have evolved a jump-capable body that resembles a flea’s body, but the leaproach evolved alongside grasshoppers. This is why a leaproaches’ body is similar to a grasshopper’s body. The leaproaches’ jumping abilities could only be mechanically understood by watching slow-motion footage of this insect’s jumps. After several views, researchers developed an understanding concerning the bodily mechanics involved with their jumping.
Have you ever been startled by a grasshopper that jumped onto your body unexpectedly?
The Student Who Willingly Shares A Room With Tens-Of-Thousands Of Cockroaches
Although cockroaches are undoubtedly disgusting insects, some people love disgusting things, so naturally some people would love cockroaches, right? This seems to be the thinking behind pet cockroaches, and cockroach farms. Believe it or not, some people have always been attracted to the idea of raising their very own cockroaches, and more and more people are giving it a try. Recently the Bronx Zoo in New York City sold-off a large portion of their live madagascar hissing cockroach collection to consumers looking to buy gifts. The cockroaches were being marketed as ideal valentines day gifts, and surprisingly, they sold like hot cakes. Cockroaches are becoming so popular as pets that some enterprising individuals are profiting on this new trend by raising and selling them. For those people who are not disturbed by creepy crawlies, and are a bit late on rent, turning your home into a cockroach farm is a great way to make ends meet. A young university student from Dearborn, Michigan named Kyle Kandilian set up a roach farm within his parents home several months ago. Now Kandilian has up to two hundred thousand cockroaches with him in his bedroom.
Kandilian has pretty cool parents, as his mother allows the cockroach population within her home to persist just as long as her son always remembers to keep his door shut. Kandilian, who is only twenty years old, raises cockroaches in order to sell them to people as pets or as feed for pet snakes. Kandilian has raised up to one hundred and thirty different cockroach varieties, and the profits he is making are helping him pay for his education in environmental science. The cost for a single roach depends on the species chosen. For example, some roach species, such as Macropanesthia rhinoceros, can live for up to fifteen years. Due to their long lives, these rhino-roaches can cost between one hundred and fifty and two hundred dollars each, which is more expensive than most other roach species that are available in Kandilian’s room. Kandilian’s interest in insects and entomology has prompted several universities into offering him a scholarship.
If you were Kandilian would you be afraid of cockroaches entering a bodily orifice (mouth, ear) while sleeping?
The American Cockroaches’ Genome Is Larger Than The Human Genome
Cockroaches are well known for being capable of many death defying feats. For example, rumors claim that cockroaches can survive for a period of time without their heads. This is just one of many rumors that commonly circulate about cockroaches. Surprisingly, many of these common rumors are not far from the truth. However, there exists many species of cockroach in the world, and not all of them are capable of seemingly impossible feats. The American cockroach is, perhaps, the most fascinating of all cockroach species as they are capable of living for at least a week after being decapitated. Other amazing abilities exhibited by this cockroach species include the ability to fly, and the remarkably fast speed at which they skitter across the ground. When this roach species skitters away from a threat they can reach the human equivalent of two hundred and ten miles per hour after adjusting for their size. American cockroaches can also eat just about anything that you can imagine including feces, the glue on book bindings and even other cockroaches. All of these abilities and more are hardwired into the American cockroache’s genome. For the first time in history Chinese scientists have recently mapped out the entirety of the American cockroache’s genome.
According to Shen Li of South China Normal University, and head researcher on the American Cockroach genome project, the genome of the American cockroach is the second largest insect genome ever sequenced, and is much larger than the human genome. The sequencing of the American cockroaches’ genome is allowing researchers to better understand the many peculiar aspects of this insect’s behavior.
Li’s research team found that the genes associated with sensory perception, detoxification, immune system functioning, growth and reproduction were enlarged in the American cockroach. Therefore, the above named abilities are highly developed in American cockroaches and are well expressed in their behavior. This explains why American cockroaches are able to adapt to a variety of different environments, especially ones that are rich in different disease-causing pathogens. Other types of cockroaches, such as German cockroaches, are often found in human environments, such as kitchens and bathrooms. However, the American cockroache’s genetic makeup allows them to thrive in a variety of different environments. This is why the American cockroach is the largest species of common cockroach.
Have you ever heard of a cockroach species that could fly more effectively than the American cockroach species?
A Man Causes An Explosion Trying To Kill Cockroaches
When it comes to exterminating insect pests, sometimes it is best to call a professional. You would think that operating a can of bug spray would be a straightforward matter, and certainly not dangerous. However, you may want to rethink that as a man from Australia nearly blew himself up recently after using a can of bug spray to kill a few cockroaches.
In fairness, the explosion was not caused solely by the can of bug spray; instead, it is believed that the man had lit a match in his home after spraying his entire house with bug spray. Unfortunately, the man did not see fit to read the directions on the can of bug spray. If he had read the directions, he would have surely noticed the warning concerning the highly flammable aerosol. Unfortunately, he did not, and as a result a significant amount of property damage occurred. The man sustained lacerations to his hand and head. Due to his injuries, the man was sent to the hospital for treatment. Luckily, the property damage did not go beyond the kitchen area, and the other inhabitants of the house are in good health. Hopefully this roaches were killed in the explosion.
In other less exciting cockroach-related news, two children from Milwaukee have been rescued from a home with an extensive cockroach, bed bed bug and rodent infestation. According to the sheriff the two kids were three and eight years old. When police arrived at the home they discovered the children with nothing on except for shirts, and the home smelled like feces. The children were only noticed because police were attempting to serve their parents with court papers. Child protective services were immediately contacted in order to relocate the children to a safe home. The house has now been handed over to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office as evidence of child neglect.
Do you use bug spray regularly? Do you think that a bed bug infestation could be harmful to children?
When It Comes To Learning, Cockroaches Are Night Owls
Insects are tiny creatures with tiny brains, so clearly they cannot be capable of much intelligence, right? Some insects are more intelligent than others. Although there is a difference between conscious problem solving and adaptive behavior, many insects are capable of solving rather complicated dilemmas. Cockroaches are one of the more intelligent types of insect. The wide range of adaptive behavior exhibited by cockroaches may come as a result of their long evolutionary history. Cockroaches may be the oldest type of living insect, as they originated in nature around three hundred and twenty million years ago. Therefore, a cockroach’s diverse set of adaptive traits may give rise to an array of behaviors that appear to be the result of conscious problem solving. But intelligent cockroach behaviors actually originate from innate instinct. Despite an insect’s lack of conscious thought, cockroaches can learn new things through repetition and habit. However, cockroaches learn best during the nighttime hours. In fact, research has shown that cockroaches cannot learn anything at all through repetition during the early morning hours. The question asking why cockroaches only learn during the night has yet to be answered by interested researchers.
According to researchers at Vanderbilt University, a cockroach’s olfactory memories are sharper during the night. The researchers trained roaches to prefer the smell of peppermint over the smell of vanilla. Roaches possess a natural preference the smell of vanilla over the smell of peppermint in all circumstances. However, the roaches in the study learned to prefer the smell of peppermint more after they were conditioned to associate the smell of peppermint with the reward of sugar water. Different sets of roaches underwent this conditioning during different times of day. The study results showed that roaches not only learned more quickly during the evening and late-night hours, but morning roaches were incapable of learning anything new at all. This indicates that the mornings must be a particularly vulnerable time for cockroaches. It can safely be said that cockroaches are not morning insects.
Do you think that cockroaches learn the best during the night because they are nocturnal animals?
Woman Leaves Five Hundred Roaches In Her Mailbox For Mail-Thieves
Now that tax season has arrived so has the annual increase in mail-theft. Many Americans have yet to complete their taxes, but some productive individuals are already waiting for their tax returns to arrive in their mailbox. As you can guess, this time of year sees many cases of mail-theft. Thieves who are hoping to cash other people’s tax return checks will snoop though mailboxes hoping to find mail sent by the IRS. One resident of California is fed-up with mail-thieves, so she designed her own form of revenge against the criminals who have repeatedly stolen her mail.
A resident of Marina, California has recently placed an order for five hundred live cockroaches. Rosalinda Vizina is a professional entomologist, so acquiring the cockroaches was not a problem. Once the roaches arrived at her home she put them into a package before leaving the roach-filled package outside of her door. Vizina made it look like a postal carrier had left the package by her door. Sure enough, barely any time passed before her package was stolen. Of course, this is exactly what Vizina wanted, and now somewhere in California a mail thief is being overwhelmed with hundreds of terrifying cockroaches.
Vizina said that she was tired of thieves stealing mail from the mailboxes in her apartment complex. One of the mailboxes in her complex had been pried open. When she called her post office, postal officials said that mail-thieves were active in her area. Even houses that are located down the street from her had seen pieces of mail go missing. The postal officials recommended that Vizian receive all of her mail at the post office, and not her mailbox. Instead Viviza resorted to her own brand of revenge. Hopefully the thief will become discouraged from further acts of criminality after discovering the cockroaches. The only regret Viviza has concerns the roaches themselves. She is hoping that the roaches were not all killed, but she also said she hopes that the roaches “went everywhere” when the thief opened the package.
From your perspective would the lives of five hundred roaches be worth pulling-off a prank similar to the one Viviza pulled-off?