Originally Posted by kellyjo8437
I understand the "WHY" I just find it sorta ironic... The trouble with wild roaches is they could of been walking through pesticides and all sorts of nasty things. They can also have bacteria and molds on them. Whereas generally speaking store bought colonies are "clean". Trust me every now and then the chickens get a nice big fat nasty roach or eight when I turn on the porch lights at night. Some of them come shooting out of there boxes and chase the palmeto roaches for a good 3-5 minutes lol. But I wouldn't feed wild ones to the Beardie cause he's so much smaller and that tiny dusting of poison could end his life prematurely. It's just not worth the risk. I did have two pet Hissing roaches before I ever knew they were illegal. Bought em online. Once they got a bit too big and nasty for my comfort they became chicken food lol Expensive, noisy chicken food.
Every semester I swab random objects around the lab, seed some petri dishes and incubate: doorknobs, drinking fountains, fridge racks...and always both a B dubia, and a wild roach. Every semester, two petri dishes are always astoundingly free of microbial colonies: the friggin roaches! My last swab session, the B dubia dish came out totally clean whereas even my Control gained a spot of mold! Incidentally, the nastiest dish is usually the nozzle of the hallway RO-filtered water dispenser...
I'm actually about to swab this week, I'll try to remember to post a few pics next week.
Pesticide contamination is a real concern with wild roaches, but disease, not so much. Think about where roaches chill, and the density with which they typically congregate. They'd never survive (and thrive) in such conditions if not for their innate resistance to disease.