Just did some research, the roaches here are American Roaches, I live in the 14th floor of an apartment, so I have no idea how they're reaching this high (probably because it's summer). Is it still safe to leave them be? They can get reasonably big, it seems.
In an apartment building, there’s a whole whole lot of places they could be thriving. Just one apartment could be harboring a major food source and open moisture source, or they could be living in the walls among leaky plumbing, or even a neighboring building.
They can also fly and will fly pretty far at night!
So, I've been having a problem with cockroaches for a while now. Mostly one or two will turn up in my apartment from time to time, and I'll just grab and release them in a park nearby. However, recently, a larger number of them have been appearing, and I think they migth have a nest nearby. I'm afraid they'll end up becoming an actual pest. Is there anyway to scare them away without resorting to poison?
It depends what kind they are.
If they look like this and are extremely tiny (about the length of a thumbnail) then they’re German roaches, and that’s the kind that can heavily infest a house.
If they’re large, they’re probably one of the species who simply wander in from outdoors, and they won’t find anywhere to breed in your house unless there’s a very damp area with a lot of mildew and stuff to eat.
With only a couple exotic exceptions, roaches don’t make “nests,” but multiply wherever they happen to be. :)
do you have any idea of where the pop culture depiction of spiders as eusocial came from? it's awfully odd to me that this is such a common thing since most spiders in the west seem pretty solitary!
It seems like a simple conclusion for people to make when portraying spiders as scary monsters. They’re “bugs,” and scary bugs have, like, “hives” right?!
just because you’re not there to see it, does not mean it doesn’t exist
I’m sorry but is that a fucking SLENDERMAN????
ALL ABOARD THE NOPE TRAIN.
I THUGH THIS WAS A STICK BUG
Not every long limbed monster is slenderman jesus christ you kids and your memes
far creepier and more interesting than slenderman. What does slenderman even do? Just get stuck in little cracks and shit that’s what
Hi Yeti, I've been following your blog for a long time and I've always really liked your views and morals and agreed with them- however, my parents were both "dumb hippie"s an neither I nor both my sisters were immunised and out of the three of us maybe one will get a cold every two years. We've got plenty of family and friends who weren't immunised either and all of them have much better immune systems than friends who were. So poo you. Don't be rude.
I respect every person’s decision to do what they want with their own bodies, but here’s how people who decide not to participate in immunizations kill people for real:
Science-based medicine wiped out smallpox using vaccines. Smallpox, let me remind you, used to kill 400,000 Europeans PER YEAR! That’s all American gun deaths PLUS all American car deaths TIMES FIVE. So we got rid of that motherfather. With science. No big deal.
Measles, not quite the killer that Smallpox was, but we were on our way to eliminating it. Also with science. Using vaccines. Now, measles is coming back. That’s like 400 - 500 kids a year dying and 1000 people per year becoming disabled for life because hippies don’t want to vaccinate their kids.
You and your friends are healthy? That’s wonderful. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you and your friends. However, that’s not how vaccines work. You and your friends could probably all get measles and be fine a week later. No big deal. You know who it is a big deal to, though? The baby you accidentally gave measles to when you didn’t know you were contagious yet. And the old lady on the bus who was unfortunate enough to be inhaling oxygen right at the time you coughed.
They’re dead now. They’re dead forever because of your hippie parents.
Healthy people need to be vaccinated against diseases we have vaccinations for because some people are not healthy and those diseases will kill them.
How do you feel about parasites?
I have a website about it!
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Kraken [shown above] is a well-studied female Komodo dragon Varanus komodoensis kept at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D. C. Developing a close bond with her keepers, it began to be noticed that she directed an unusual amount of curiosity toward shoe laces and to objects concealed in people’s pockets (such as handkerchiefs and notebooks). Kraken would tug at or sever shoe laces (with her teeth), and would gently pull objects out of people’s pockets. The keepers then began to introduce boxes, blankets, shoes and Frisbees into Kraken’s enclosure, and many of Kraken’s reactions would be interpreted as playful if witnessed in a mammal. Kraken has also been recorded to play tug-of-war with her keepers.
In a detailed, thorough study of Kraken’s interactions with objects and her keepers, Burghardt et al. (2002) concluded that play-like behaviour in Komodo dragons definitely meets the formal criteria for play: ‘Kraken could discriminate between prey and non-prey and showed varying responses with different objects (i.e., ring and shoe). Large lizards, such as the Komodo dragon, might be revealed as investigative creatures, and further expressions of play-type behaviors should be confirmed and explored. These findings would imply that non-avian reptiles in general and large long-lived species in particular are capable of higher cognition and are much more complex than previously thought’ (p. 116). It’s interesting to note that probable play behaviour was reported in Komodo dragons as early as 1928, incidentally. Other people have now documented play behaviour in other monitor species.