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Topic # 106479 24-Jul-2012 23:47 Send private message

So I got home from the gym today and went to have a shower, about to step in and then I noticed a cockroach, just lying there on the floor, with its bum chopped off:  

Note: I didn't touch this thing, this is how it was when I got there, and no one else has access to this place except me or my best friend who has a spare key. So its somehow gotten that part to fall off all on its own.



Thought nothing of it, and threw it in the bin after taking this picture.

Then later on, went to go brush my teeth before bed, noticed there was another one sitting next to the counter curled up on the floor. So thats two dead roaches in one night. No idea where they've come from, they're definitely fresh.

What should I do? I don't want more of these nasties crawling around the place. When we first moved in here, my wing of the house was left un-used for a few months because the old tenant left before it was sold, and we found a couple of them in the curtains but none ever since. They were alive though. These two are dead. 


Does this mean I have a problem here? Or can I just ignore these or what?
Help :S

-Sam


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  Reply # 661393 25-Jul-2012 01:10 Send private message

If you saw 2 there are probably loads more.
To be honest - I'm more grossed out by the hairs in your pic than the cockroach.  Laughing

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  Reply # 661394 25-Jul-2012 01:12 Send private message

Do you have a cat? Mine love to bring them inside - usually dead, sometimes not. Big ugly native ones not the little indoor ones.




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  Reply # 661395 25-Jul-2012 01:16 Send private message

richms: Do you have a cat? Mine love to bring them inside - usually dead, sometimes not. Big ugly native ones not the little indoor ones.


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  Reply # 661398 25-Jul-2012 01:54 Send private message

Yes, but they still go out and get me dead rats and cockroaches and birds and bring them in.




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  Reply # 661412 25-Jul-2012 07:19 Send private message

They are a pest but aren't really doing anything bad unlike things like ants that smell and get into food.


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  Reply # 661418 25-Jul-2012 07:50 Send private message

I've come across them "cut in half" like that too. No idea what causes it!

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  Reply # 661455 25-Jul-2012 08:39 Send private message

Looks like a native 'roach youve got there - theyre harmless - the ones to be concerned about are the smaller golden looking ones as they carry various ailments with them.

We have native ones everywhere and dont worry about them (not in the house tho if we can help it), some of them can get pretty big too.




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  Reply # 661463 25-Jul-2012 08:59 Send private message

Was there anything "in" the 'roach?  My guess is that you would have found the shell empty, and it's the remains of the 'roach shedding it's skin as it grows.  The back end was it's exit from the old shell.  Then later (if you're lucky) the "other" roach you found was in fact the same one but actually dead.




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  Reply # 661725 25-Jul-2012 13:09 Send private message

Do you live in an apartment? Maybe someone else in the area is doing pest control.

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