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Gingersnap
11-10-2008, 12:46 PM
You think palmetto bugs are big? New 'hissing' cockroach may head to South Florida

Mark Pino | Orlando Sentinel
10:46 AM EST, November 9, 2008

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A hissing cockroach from Madagascar is shown in this handout photo taken on Nov. 3, 2005. (Bloomberg News / November 3, 2005)

If you think palmetto bugs are big, wait until you come face to face with a Madagascar hissing cockroach. It can stretch up to 5 inches and, when threatened, exhales air and sounds like a snake.

University of Florida researchers are alerting pest-control operators and homeowners to be on the lookout for several new species of Florida's least-favorite character, the cockroach.

Along with the "hissers," the newest trespassers could include the Turkestan cockroach, lobster roach and the orange spotted roach. All could inadvertently be introduced to the state, UF entomologist Phil Koehler warned. And once here, they would thrive.

Lizard owners may be aiding the import of the new varieties, according to a pair of UF scientists at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Roaches make a good replacement for crickets -- which are noisier, smellier and more expensive -- as reptile food. Florida has banned the sale of new roach varieties for about 20 years, but the Web makes them easy to buy.

And where you have roaches, there are bound to be escapees. After all, they haven't survived 300 million years for nothing. Of the 69 species of cockroaches in the U.S., 29 were brought in from other countries.

"This is not good news for anybody," said Koehler, who recently co-authored a magazine article for pest-control operators, warning them to watch for the potential invaders. Koehler said he found a Web site listing Madagascar hissing roaches at 50 for $89.99.

Though none of the new species has yet been spotted in the state, Koehler recalls how the Asian cockroach quickly established itself in 1985 in Lakeland. At the time, Koehler speculated that it came through a commercial port or was brought in packing material by an overseas traveler.

Uh, oh. :eek:

Hisssss (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-roaches110908,0,7625873.story)

LogansPapa
11-10-2008, 12:52 PM
http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:lUKf2c5ZyQ0MzM:http://a.abcnews.com/images/Technology/ap_hissing_roach_080410_ssh.jpg

Gromphadorhina portentosa

Wonder if they fry up nice? Mmmmmmm....crunchy! :D

BadCat
11-10-2008, 12:53 PM
They aren't cheap, but I'm willing to do my part to see that Florida gets a new species.

http://www.topline-2000.com/roach/rhsale.html

BadCat
11-10-2008, 12:56 PM
Wow!

This guy has Christmas Gift Packs!!

http://www.leopardgecko.com/bigroach.jpg

http://www.leopardgecko.com/RonaldsRoaches.html

FlaGator
11-10-2008, 02:19 PM
The first cockroach that hisses at me gets shot. Considering the size of these... maybe twice.

megimoo
11-10-2008, 02:20 PM
Uh, oh. :eek:

Hisssss (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-roaches110908,0,7625873.story)
Oh no Cubano bugs, hissing cockroaches .

megimoo
11-10-2008, 02:22 PM
Uh, oh. :eek:

Hisssss (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-roaches110908,0,7625873.story)Quick tell Patriot45, he will have those things cooked up on the barbie !

noonwitch
11-10-2008, 04:07 PM
The first cockroach that hisses at me gets shot. Considering the size of these... maybe twice.


It's a waste of ammo. A rolled up magazine would take care of it and not damage your walls or property.

BadCat
11-10-2008, 04:19 PM
It's a waste of ammo. A rolled up magazine would take care of it and not damage your walls or property.

The "person" mentioned in the title of this thread has a phobia about having one of these unfortunate insects caught in her hair.

I think trying to kill such an intruder with a rolled up magazine would be hilarious.

FlaGator
11-10-2008, 05:39 PM
It's a waste of ammo. A rolled up magazine would take care of it and not damage your walls or property.

I don't plan on getting that close.

LogansPapa
11-10-2008, 05:47 PM
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_X5tCuvGp24w/RmNqairAsyI/AAAAAAAAA1A/TbDasnP0Zw4/IMGP5044.JPG

Shannon, one can only imagine what comes out of that big, juicy abdomen when you step on one in a dark hall way in the middle of the night. Imagine that spurting liquid between your toes, dearest. :p

Shannon
11-10-2008, 10:06 PM
Therapy is great! Thanks for helping y'all!

Gingersnap
11-10-2008, 10:12 PM
Therapy is great! Thanks for helping y'all!

Frankly, it didn't work that much for me so I feel your creepiness. I no longer gag in certain nonsexual circumstances but I still haven't made peace with public toilets. :eek:

asdf2231
11-10-2008, 10:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBU5H62LscA

Gotta love the Orient!

asdf2231
11-10-2008, 10:39 PM
One more...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNW4Rnx0kxk&feature=related

SarasotaRepub
11-11-2008, 07:38 AM
Ha! We have those Hissing critters here in St. Louis.

But in our case they are in the zoo. :D

FlaGator
11-11-2008, 09:49 AM
Ha! We have those Hissing critters here in St. Louis.

But in our case they are in the zoo. :D

And East St. Louis.

BadCat
11-11-2008, 10:24 AM
So we have a phobia from one person I hate, and a phobia from one person I like.

Here is some "therapy" for both of you...

http://bp1.blogger.com/_8eaHvoIpn-Y/R2aDUXY4vvI/AAAAAAAAACw/leLZVYfySPE/s320/IMG_1001.jpg

Gingersnap
11-11-2008, 10:35 AM
So we have a phobia from one person I hate, and a phobia from one person I like.

Here is some "therapy" for both of you...

http://bp1.blogger.com/_8eaHvoIpn-Y/R2aDUXY4vvI/AAAAAAAAACw/leLZVYfySPE/s320/IMG_1001.jpg

Luckily, my highly sophisticated firewall has detected a potential bathroom filth threat and replaced that image with one of germ-free puppies chasing germ-free butterflies in a germ-free meadow.

:)

BadCat
11-11-2008, 10:46 AM
Luckily, my highly sophisticated firewall has detected a potential bathroom filth threat and replaced that image with one of germ-free puppies chasing germ-free butterflies in a germ-free meadow.

:)

Christmas shopping for you will be SOOO easy, Ginger.
Would you like your case of Clorox Wipes in Orange, Lavender or Fresh Scent?

LogansPapa
11-11-2008, 12:11 PM
Whoever killed that big-assed picture I posted, Thank you. I tried to scale it down but NFG. :o