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If I read your question right, you want to use the gecko to clean up the poisoned roaches? You'll just end up with a poisoned gecko that way. But either way, a free-roaming gecko isn't going to make a dent in your roach problem, because roaches go out of their way to live and breed in places that predators can't reach, and to be honest the population is ...


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First of all, don't release them into the environment without checking with your local authorities whether it's okay to do so. Chances are that the captive crickets you have bought are not local to your area. The introduction of non-native animals to an environment unused to them can disrupt the local wildlife by introducing new predators, spreading disease ...


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Honestly, for your plan to work, your house would need to be infested with geckos, then you'd be looking at something that eats geckos, something that eats the animals that eats geckos. Etc. Your best option is to cut off the roaches food supply. Clean the area that you're finding roaches with a burning passion. Then, seal off any cracks you can see. ...


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We buy crickets regularly for two frogs, and we have purchased crickets from two local pet stores. Every batch of crickets we have purchased from one of the pet stores is noisy, chirping like crazy. Every batch of crickets we have purchased from the other pet store is essentially silent. As a result, we now only purchase crickets from the store with non-...


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Yes, and it's actually really easy. You will need are two containers. A large container for the adults, and a smaller one for the babies. I use two plastic storage bins. You can fill the containers with torn up egg carton, which is what the stores use if you peek into their containers. Or even crumpled up newspapers. This gives the crickets places to grab ...


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My answer's going to be the same as one I've previously given. I would avoid getting an animal and expect it to take care of any insect problems. If the flies can get in, the animal that's going to eat the flies can get out. Then you're not only back where you started, but possibly responsible for introducing an invasive species into your area. If you let ...


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The mantis in your photo is a Chinese Mantid, an introduced species commonly found in the eastern part of the United States. I've raised many a clutch when I was a kid, but only outside; I never brought them inside to store, and I'd advise against doing so for 3 main reasons: When the egg cases (called an ootheca) does hatch, you will have anywhere from ...


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This would be harmful to your gecko. For a start, the cockroaches are probably too big for the gecko to safely eat. You should never feed your gecko any animal that's bigger than the space between its eyes. (Ones that are long and thin, like mealworms, are fine - as long as they're not wider than that space - otherwise it risks choking on something that's ...


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It's incredibly simple to culture fruit flies. Here's a list of what you'll need for a pretty "bread and butter" recipe: An empty container (I use peanut butter jars). Instant Potato Mix. Powdered Milk. Sugar (I use regular, some people use powdered). Baker's Yeast. Mix together the following ingredients with equal parts water: 4 parts of the potato mix, ...


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This is an interesting question, and more complicated than you might think. Ants (at least some species of them) move the bodies of their dead comrades to a rubbish pile away from the mound. I think most entomologists would see that as a practical instinct for hygiene. Ant colonies do have some pretty sophisticated behaviour, like being able to quickly find ...


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Just so we're clear, it is both illegal to import live queen ants into the United States and illegal to transport live queen ants across state borders. And more importantly, it is simply a bad idea to transport queen ants, because ants have a knack for becoming invasive, and harming local ecosystems. A queen ant can easily be identified, especially if you ...


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It is very hard to get a small tank to be in biological balance and to keep the water quality good,so i suggest you use this tank only for treating your fish with medication. This can be helpful if you have to treat your fish from a larger tank because using medication in a larger tank will destroy the biological balance and create problems for your fish. @...


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Inert gas asphyxiation may be effectively painless, and certainly more humane than death by extreme temperature. Here is an article describing a study done on the effects of nitrogen gas on kittens and puppies. Nitrogen can be purchased in canisters, and any airtight container with a relief valve will work; simply cycle the air out of the container until ...


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Do Mosquitoes Attack Animals? Absolutely! Is My Pet In Danger? Yes and no - a common and not so common (location dependent) disease that is transmitted to cats and dogs is heartworm disease. Essentially when mosquitoes take a blood meal they transmit infective stage larvae into your pets bloodstream, after ~6 months they are fully grown adult heartworms. ...


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Reviews help a lot, so when you're looking, make sure you can read what other people are saying they received. If there aren't any reviews, it's just a shot in the dark. A lot of places will only take orders on Mondays through Wednesdays, so that the crickets won't be sitting in a box over the weekend. Something to keep in mind though, is that crickets have ...


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It's possible that it's getting ready to molt. A praying mantis won’t eat a few days before it will shed its skin (molt). This is normal. After molting it will start to eat again. When a praying mantis will not eat even though it does not need to molt, it can help to offer it a different prey species. Do not worry too much, a mantis can live for 2 weeks ...


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tl;dr- Get a moat that goes around the food. Ants usually won't go through water. One simple approach is to put a plate underneath the food bowl, then some water on the plate. Put a moat around the food "Ant-Proof Pet Food Bowl", instructibles, shows a few ways to add a moat yourself. They show the concept as: You can make something like this ...


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In a 3 gallon tank you can't keep much in the way of fish. Some people accept the idea of keeping a single betta in such small space, and while they can survive in extremely limited space, it is not particularly healthy or ideal. (I remove my recommendation to possibly house tiny schooling fish, because there is not room for a large enough school for their ...


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This happened to my mantis a while ago and since she was an adult I was worried as they no longer molt when they have their wings. After a short wait mine laid an ootheca, so I would expect yours to as well. Make sure you have loads of things for them to climb on and lay the ootheca on.


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This is normal, just keep feeding her. My spiny flower mantis hasn't molted for about four to five weeks (usually it's about every two) she will molt on her own time. If you want to, you can feed her a lot of food, and that should speed it up, also keep the cage a bit more humid when she's about to molt.


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While there are certainly mosquito-borne diseases that affect cats (perhaps most notably, as Rebecca has discussed, heartworm disease), a more common problem (or at least a more commonly-recognized problem) is allergies to mosquito bites. While it is usually impossible to tell what caused a hypersensitivity reaction, mosquitos are likely a common culprit as ...


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There are several different species of Mantis, many do not survive the winter cold. Laid eggs that need to survive the winter should be kept from freezing. It may take several months for the eggs to hatch and they will only hatch if it is warm enough. If kept in a warm house they may hatch prior to food being available, they babies will then starve to death....


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No fish should be in a 3 gallons aquarium. Please at all cost, do not put a betta in there. Neons, guppies and other fishes that have been (suprisingly) suggested in other answers can not live in 3 gallons either. Even 5 gallons is too small for fishes, 10 gallons would be the minimum for a betta to have a decent quality of life. If you put fishes in this ...


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It's simple to reduce the singing of the crickets. You can either buy smaller or non-adult crickets, or turn a light fixture on them as if it were daylight. By the way, the males are the only ones who sing to get the females attention.


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The colder they are the less they chirp. I put my aquarium with 50+ crickets by the window at night and they are ten times more quiet.


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Absolutely, get a pet 'Venus Flytrap'. Venus Flytraps grow in wild in my state, so I just leave mine outside during the summer and winterize them as they need the cool down period, but from what I understand you can grow them inside well enough. They may need a container of some sort, like the one pictured, to keep the humidity high. You'll also need a ...


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If you're looking for a pet, I would probably suggest guinea fowl. They eat insects and rodents and don't really require much to take care of other than making sure they have water. The downside though is that they make a lot of noise when they discover something new, but it sounds like that wouldn't matter much.


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It might be a little late now, but just for future reference if you plan on keeping mantises: never ever feed them cat food. They eat live insects like flies (fruit flies, green bottle flies, blue bottle flies), wax worms, small grasshoppers. These should be live and moving, as they hunt for these type of insects out in the wild. They won't be interested in ...


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Some ants kept in captivity will actually have a "graveyard" site. This is a site where they will dispose of their dead separate from their actual garbage site. I don't personally own an ant colony but this is a behavior that I've read and heard about quite a bit. Some could debate whether or not this behavior is thought through or simply instinctive but I ...


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