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Cockroach personalities and urban pest management

Cockroach personality interview

Have you ever wondered why certain commercial or residential areas get reinfested by cockroaches sooner even though cockroach treatment was more or less uniform in all areas? Differences in environmental characteristics like temperature, humidity, and availability of food and hideaways surely contribute to the persistence of these pests in such problem areas. But there is another factor that is less often considered when designing a pest management program for German cockroaches: personalities. For example, there are variations in the attraction of German cockroaches to baits. Entomologists and pest…

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What’s the similarity between a cockroach and a gecko?

Your answer might be that both cockroach and gecko give some people the creeps.  That’s why such people might lump these two animals as “pests“.  Can you name another similarity? It has to do with their ability to disappear under ledges. Despite the fact that one is an arthropod (with exoskeleton) and the other one a vertebrate (with endoskeleton), both of these animals play their disappearing trick in a strangely similar way. The secret has been uncovered. Watch this video and pay particular attention to the hind legs…

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