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Old 09-19-2011, 03:05 PM
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Is there ANYTHING that eats roaches?

Seriously, do roaches have any natural predators?

I mean, other than the occasional curious cat, I can't think of anything that preys upon cockroaches as a source of food.
For that matter, all of the times that I've witnessed a cat catching a roach, it seemed to be more of the, "Look, I found something to play with, then torture and maybe kill." kind of predation. As opposed to actually catching and killing, then eating it kind of action.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:10 PM
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Centipedes. I've lived in my place 20 years and never seen a roach. But I do see the occasional centipede that has inadvertently found its way into my living space.

As much as I hate centipedes, I allow them to roam because I know they take care of everything else that lives behind the walls.

But you need to have the right environment for them to be happy living behind your walls. I think they require a somewhat moist earthy place to bed-down. If you live in the top floor of a tall apartment building, you might not be able to count on centipedes.

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Old 09-19-2011, 03:21 PM
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But you need to have the right environment for them to be happy living behind your walls. I think they require a somewhat moist earthy place to bed-down.
And a health plan that includes podiatry.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:22 PM
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Centipedes! Why did it have to be...centipedes!
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:24 PM
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:25 PM
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OK, so not so much a natural predator, but fish will eat roaches. I've caught lots of bream, and a few bass with roaches for bait.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:01 PM
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OK, so not so much a natural predator, but fish will eat roaches. I've caught lots of bream, and a few bass with roaches for bait.
People also catch fish using pieces of plastic & metal as bait, but that doesn't mean fish would actually eat them.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:05 PM
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Tropical jewel wasp, sorta.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:39 PM
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People also catch fish using pieces of plastic & metal as bait, but that doesn't mean fish would actually eat them.
Um....when you catch a fish using traditional hook and line, the fish bites whatever you are using to conceal the hook, ie, the bait. I suppose on some planet a fish may bite something as an expression of solidarity with the universe, but here on Earth, fish bite things they are trying to eat. Ergo, I reason that fish will, in fact, eat roaches when such are available to be eaten.

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Old 09-19-2011, 04:48 PM
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How does a centipede catch anything?
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:52 PM
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Badgers, and other insectivores.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:53 PM
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Geckos.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:56 PM
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:02 PM
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How does a centipede catch anything?
They scuttle like the wind and have venomous pincers.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:14 PM
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Roaches. They're cannibalistic.


I knw this because a floormate of mine once put a bunch of roaches in a jar with nothing else (our dorm was overrun with roaches). After a few days, there were fewer roaches in the jar.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:21 PM
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Roaches. They're cannibalistic.


I knw this because a floormate of mine once put a bunch of roaches in a jar with nothing else (our dorm was overrun with roaches). After a few days, there were fewer roaches in the jar.
This is true. A co-worker of mine raises geckos, and their main food is roaches.
He has an extreme amount of roaches in one of those laundry basket sized tupper-ware containers, and they are pretty self regulating. When they get noticeably less dense, he'll throw in half a watermelon or similar for them to eat instead of each other.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:38 PM
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When I was a kid I had a pet rat that we kept in a cage in the garage. Occasionally so-called "water bugs"--i.e., the large American cockroaches--would squeeze their way into Ralph's cage. Ralph considered them extra protein.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:43 PM
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What about birds? I think most birds will eat any insect they can find. For that matter, they are probably edible by humans (and other primates).
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:30 PM
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:36 PM
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Um....when you catch a fish using traditional hook and line, the fish bites whatever you are using to conceal the hook, ie, the bait. I suppose on some planet a fish may bite something as an expression of solidarity with the universe, but here on Earth, fish bite things they are trying to eat. Ergo, I reason that fish will, in fact, eat roaches when such are available to be eaten.
Well said, Sir!
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:41 PM
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Geckos.
I've actually seen a gecko eat a roach. The roach was admittedly small.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:52 PM
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Um....when you catch a fish using traditional hook and line, the fish bites whatever you are using to conceal the hook, ie, the bait. I suppose on some planet a fish may bite something as an expression of solidarity with the universe, but here on Earth, fish bite things they are trying to eat. Ergo, I reason that fish will, in fact, eat roaches when such are available to be eaten.
I think the point is that some animals will bite things that they don't eat. Sharks, for example, will bite people, but they won't eat people. Shiny metal lures, cockroaches on hooks, and people in wet-suits are not naturally occurring things that sea creatures actually want to eat--they just think they want to eat them, but after they bite, the damage is already done.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:11 PM
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I've actually seen a gecko eat a roach. The roach was admittedly small.
Resulting in that rarest of events: an insurance pitchman performing a public service!
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:16 PM
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Aside from Geckos, there is a bird call "Cucarachero" (The cockroacher): Troglodytes aedon.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:17 PM
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Chickens, at least according to Bryce Courtenay and Grandpa Chook
My brother has chickens and he confirms this. They will pounce on cockroaches in a heartbeat.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:18 PM
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I think the point is that some animals will bite things that they don't eat. Sharks, for example, will bite people, but they won't eat people. Shiny metal lures, cockroaches on hooks, and people in wet-suits are not naturally occurring things that sea creatures actually want to eat--they just think they want to eat them, but after they bite, the damage is already done.
Where are you getting this stuff? A shark won't eat a human?

Also, have you ever seen a bass or a pike hit a bug? It's in one motion, not a series of nibbles. Even if the fish changed it's mind, it would be too late.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:29 PM
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How does a centipede catch anything?
Here's a giant one catching a bat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UROVfmY3NTA

Do not underestimate the centipede!
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:36 PM
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I've got an Australian Shepherd that absolutely Hoovers up June bugs on warm summer nights if we leave the porch light on. I've no doubt he would eat roaches, if he saw them.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:39 PM
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Speaking of Australia, I'll bet cane toads would gladly eat any roaches for you.

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Old 09-19-2011, 08:45 PM
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The Earth's most dangerous predator eats them like popcorn in some parts of the world.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:57 PM
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Rats love them. I had a pet rat in my classroom many moons ago. Kids would bring roaches from hither and yon to see him eat them up. One night the rat figured a way out of his cage, went to the cage next to his, killed the three mice therein, and was found back in his cage the next morning, looking very proud of himself. He didn't eat the mice, he just killed them by biting through their skulls.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:00 PM
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This thread has ruined my night. I second the fact that centipedes eat everything else that is creepy and in your house though.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:05 PM
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This thread has ruined my night. I second the fact that centipedes eat everything else that is creepy and in your house though.
I sometimes have these in my house, and the centipedes run away ( x 100)
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:13 PM
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Geckos.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_House_Gecko

an ex of mine worked in a pet store and could get these guys for dirt cheap like $1-$2 each at the time. A friend of hers had a huge roach problem. Ex got her like 18 of the geckos. Turned them loose in the kitchen, and the hunting began. Took a few weeks but the roaches pretty much disappeared, alonge with spiders. A few geckos turned up dried out and dead here and there over the next few months. Every once in a while you would see one on a wall somewhere. if you are not sqeamish about tiny reptiles running loose, they are fabulous pest control systems.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:15 PM
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...[he] was found back in his cage the next morning, looking very proud of himself. He didn't eat the mice, he just killed them by biting through their skulls.
What a dirty rat.


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Old 09-19-2011, 09:21 PM
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I sometimes have these in my house, and the centipedes run away ( x 100)
Thankfully I live in Canada.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:51 PM
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That article made me glad that insects didn't evolve to be the dominant form of life on the planet. Can you imagine a six-foot wasp stinging you in the brain so you could serve as food source/crib for its larva(e)? [shudder]
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:58 PM
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Humans. I know for a fact that fried giant chinese cockroach is a delicacy. tastes kinda like almonds. when in rome ya know...
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:03 AM
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How does a centipede catch anything?
The bat video doesn't do the speed of their attack justice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf8pAwGsuF4



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I sometimes have these in my house, and the centipedes run away ( x 100)
don't be so sure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE-LMPHR_TY
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:40 AM
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Where are you getting this stuff? A shark won't eat a human?
Most human predation by sharks is strictly catch and release. Likely because the shark ends up thinking "this isn't a #%#%#% seal." However, sharks have been known to consume human beings.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:38 AM
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Almost everything eats roaches. They aren't poisonous, they are slow moving and they can't fly. Anything that eats insects eats roaches: any vaguely insectivorous bird, bats, rats, mice, humans, frogs, lizards, salamanders, cats, dogs, stoats, foxes. spiders, centipedes, tiger beetles and so on and so forth.

Basically, if an animals is even vaguely inscetivorous, it will eat roaches.

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Most human predation by sharks is strictly catch and release. Likely because the shark ends up thinking "this isn't a #%#%#% seal."
Sharks hunt seals exactly the same way. Seals have a really vicious bite, so sharks attacking seals make one rushing attack, and then swim away and wait for the animal to bleed to death. The reason so many humans aren't eaten is because the body is recovered before the shark has the opportunity.

Ask yourself this: if sharks are simply biting and then realising the human doesn't taste good, why are there so few accounts of bodies washing up on beaches? Basically if a human is attacked by a shark, they are either returned to shore within a few minutes, or they are never seen again.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:46 AM
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Humans. I know for a fact that fried giant chinese cockroach is a delicacy. tastes kinda like almonds. when in rome ya know...
Ewwwwwww!

Wished I would have waited until after breakfast, to check the Dope.

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Old 09-20-2011, 07:47 AM
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Almost everything eats roaches. They aren't poisonous, they are slow moving and they can't fly.
Actually, roaches, at least in West Africa, do fly. And let me tell you, I don't like them the better for it.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:04 AM
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They fly down here in Texas, too, and all along the gulf states.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:05 AM
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Actually, roaches, at least in West Africa, do fly. And let me tell you, I don't like them the better for it.
I'm getting curious Sal Ammoniac, where did you live in Western Africa?
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:05 AM
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Actually, roaches, at least in West Africa, do fly. And let me tell you, I don't like them the better for it.
The night I discovered that was one of the worst nights of my life. Few things will reduce you to a puddle on the floor like being alone in a strange land with a house seething with roaches that occasionally dive bomb you.

The right cat can take care of a roach problem. I lived in a tropical, roach infested climate and had a cat that would come eat them on command ("Cat, come here. Kill!")

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Old 09-20-2011, 08:24 AM
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I'm getting curious Sal Ammoniac, where did you live in Western Africa?
Perhaps I should say that I know flying roaches to exist in a certain apartment on the west side of Niamey, Niger. Specifically in the bedroom.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:24 AM
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The bat video doesn't do the speed of their attack justice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf8pAwGsuF4




don't be so sure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE-LMPHR_TY
Oh, I'm quite sure. But that tiny scorpion vs. a giant centipede and in a fixed fight? Sure anything's possible. A puppy is stronger than a lion too as long as the puppy gets the cub at 2 weeks old and someone has declawed the cub before filming an entertaining fight video. In my unfortunately extensive experience with tropical scorpions anyway, his tail would have actually been stinging the centipede instead of laying there paralyzed and only trying to use his pincers. Considering they also added ridiculous sound effects to that video I'm taking a guess it was produced for entertainment and not documentary purposes. My guess is the scorpions stinger was damaged before the camera started rolling.

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The night I discovered that was one of the worst nights of my life. Few things will reduce you to a puddle on the floor like being alone in a strange land with a house seething with roaches that occasionally dive bomb you.

The right cat can take care of a roach problem. I lived in a tropical, roach infested climate and had a cat that would come eat them on command ("Cat, come here. Kill!")
In Texas we had flying tree roaches, 2 inches long and they would dive bomb right for your face if threatened. The old joke is Texans wear boots with pointed toes to kill those things when they run into the corner.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:37 AM
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How does a centipede catch anything?
If you're a bug or any other critter that it can catch, it's a locomotive with a mind of its own, poison claws, and a serpentine body with lots of legs for wrapping you up and tying you up. If a centipede is on your trail, your best chance of survival is to be somewhere else.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:41 AM
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Bugs are a huge problem in the laudromat I go to, because nasty people bring them in with their clothes. The attendant stopped me from killing a centiped the other day because "they usually hide and they kill and eat the roaches."

*shudder*
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