New Jen's Horde


Monday, October 03, 2005

It's a miracle! Hallelujah!

 
But we're getting rid of them anyway...

If you've been reading my blog a while, you may recall that I'm an idiot and I actually paid money for cockroaches. Granted, they were Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, but they're roaches all the same. We put them in a small tank on a shelf above the kitchen sink. They are pretty easy pets, they don't demand much. They poop a lot, (we call them the "CaCa-roaches") but they don't smell and they are kind of interesting. I never liked them, but they weren't my job to care for, so I let them co-exist with me even though they gave me the willies.

We were very careful to choose two of the same gender, and when the girls (which my children named "Cock" and "Roach") passed the 60 day point in which they could have come to us pregnant and had more, we heaved a small sigh of relief.

So, yesterday, after we'd owned them for over 4 months, when Davin saw a funky little "beetle" on the kitchen counter, he didn't think anything of it. He just disposed of it and went on with his day. That is, until a few hours later when he went to clean out the tank and found a zillion little baby CaCa-roaches, all fully capable of sliding through the airholes in the lid of the tank. Insert violent shudder with gagging and standing on chair here. Luckily it's too cold and dry here for them to survive outside the tank, so we won't get infested, but that means precious little when you're disinfecting your kitchen and looking everywhere for other escapees (so far no sign.)

We are unsure as to how this miracle occurred. Perhaps they are like some other insects and can harbor sperm for looooooong periods of time? Maybe one of them wasn't a girl? I suppose it's possible the Holy Cockroach Spirit visited one of them. I don't care. We've wrapped the entire tank and put it out with the trash. The dump has the heat, moisture and food they need to survive, so we're not actually killing them, are we? It's called "plausible deniability."

If you hear in a few months that the landfill outside Denver is overrun with foreign cockroaches, forget you read this.

Comments:
I can hardly believe you guys actually cultivated those cockroaches..Oh Well to each his own.
 
ROTFLOL! I'm dying here. You've upset the whole ecosystem of the dump by introducing a foreign species. LOL!

Isn't it amazing how those babies are so tiny and get through the air holes? When we did the catapillars they were all over the kitchen counter (the one between the kitchen & family room ;o) before we found them! ARGH
 
I'm laughing so hard that I can't breathe! How totally funny! We've had an American cockroach problem here...gag. Have your kids read Gregor the Overlander? Big 'Ol Caca-roaches in that book--reminds me of your story. ;-) Boy, I'll be thinking of this for a long time, happy in the knowledge that somewhere out there there is someone as much of an idiot as me!
 
OM! Ewwwwww! Gives me the creepies just thinkin about it!
 
Oh my goodness!!! Yikes... gives me the willy's ...
 
*doing the I-got-the-willies-dance*

OMG!!! I got the heebeegeebees!!!!


EEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKK

I. cannot. stand. cockroaches!!!!!

You are better than me cuz if my kid came home with that brilliant idea, I'd have the kid, the idea AND the cockroaches out of the house so fast SOMEONE'S head would be spinning!

It may very well be mine!

(yuck)
 
what eats cockroaches, maybe you could get a lizard or something to balance things out.
 
we dont have cockroaches in Scotland. I thought it was bad enough with just spiders. I'll freak if I see a cockroach when I'm in the states (in a few days)
 
EEEEeeeeWWWWW!!!
Jen's CacaRoach Farm.
Funny but really, really gross!
 
You sound like a homeschooling mother!
 
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL !!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Oh man! So glad you figured that one out! ICK!

Forget the roaches I'm just cracking up at the name "Cock"
 
We also have a plecostemus named "Sucky Sucky Suckerfish." We're so proud.
 
Maybe the cacaroaches were a gay couple & they found a friend who acted as a donor. No, I'm not an entymologist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.
 
i just threw up roaches.
 
This post is the other side of weird!
 
Bring me the babies. I will see if the sugar glider eats them.....heehee
 
Ew!!!!!!!!!

That is so awful.
 
Just disgusting!! Fog your house as quickly as possible just in case even a couple escaped. EEEeeewwww!!!
 
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