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Remote Control Cockroaches

Remote Control Cockroaches

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered that understanding the neurons in a cockroache’s brain that make it walk may help scientists improve remote-control technology. By stimulating each neuron separately, scientists can make cockroaches walk according to which neuron they are stimulating. The central complex of a cockroache’s brain controls their movement, acting a bit like a joystick. This joystick controls the insect’s speed and direction. This may help us design more accurate control in our own remote-control technology.

Researchers were able to control the movements of the cockroaches without providing visual stimuli by sending electrodes through the central complex. Even in cases of complex movements such as turning, researchers were able to control the insect’s movement by stimulating their neurons. Researchers think that this descending motor control works the same in all mammals. So, researchers can understand movement in complex animals other than insects through this study. This could extend to helping the handicapped walk, building better robots, and making better self-driving cars and drones.

What do you think of the implications of this study? What do you think the biggest benefit would be?

How cockroaches are different than humans

How cockroaches are different than humans

There are many ways of course that cockroaches are different than humans, but mostly lets discuss bodies. For instance why do cockroaches die on their backs with their legs in the air?

To know the answer to this question is simply to look at them. Cockroaches have rounded backs that are greasy, with a body that is able to be flat. That flat body is what allows them to squeeze in through the cracks in your walls. Commonly used insecticides induce muscle spasms and can confuse the cockroaches, which of course makes them look like a turtle stuck on their back.

Their body oddities are also what allows them to walk up walls whereas of course we humans cannot. Cockroaches have three sets of legs which allow them the ability to go places and do things we can’t like walking up a wall or across glass without slipping.  Each set of these legs is controlled by their own nerves with a foot like claw at the bottom of the leg. There is no central nervous system like and brain in a human. Cockroaches can live without its head because there literally is no brain in there. If left in the wild, cockroaches typically will stick in groups of up to 50 to try to secure safety.

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Top 5 Ways to Rid Your Home of Roaches

Top 5 Ways to Rid Your Home of RoachesResearchers recently found that there is a species of cockroach that survived by eating dinosaur waste. Other research shows that there is an evolutionary ancestor to the cockroach that crawled the earth millions of years before the dinosaurs showed up. It’s no wonder that we believe they will live forever and survive the nuclear apocalypse/holocaust situation people think is coming. If they’ve lived through all of the rest of evolution, surely they’ll outlive us, right?

While we marvel at how survival-capable cockroaches seem to be, that does not mean we welcome their presence in our homes. In fact, catching a glimpse of even a single cockroach is enough to send most people into fumigation frenzy. Luckily you don’t necessarily have to go that route. In fact, there are several things that you can do to keep those bugs from setting up camp in the first place. Here are just a few of them.

Hiring Help

Hiring a pest control expert is something that helps you both get rid of the cockroaches you have already and prevent new pests from invading. Regular spraying (with environmentally responsible sprays and products of course) can keep your house completely roach free.

If the problem is particularly bad (for example, if there is work being done on nearby buildings or constructions sites), you’ll want to hire an extermination expert to really go to town on your home and its foundation. It might take a while for them to be able to fit you in, though; so, while you wait, here are a few things you can do.

Clean It Up

Cockroaches are attracted to warm and dry places that they can burrow into. Piles of newspapers, mail or magazines are a perfect roach hut. Clutter also provides a desirable shelter and, depending upon where it is located, a source of food. Scrub your house from top to bottom. Get rid of the piles of clutter. Put everything away. Invest in some air-tight sealable containers for food and cooking ingredients. It won’t get rid of them completely but it will discourage new roaches from invading when they find that there are very few places to hide.


Most exterminators will recommend mixing some borax with sugar and sprinkling it around. The sugar attracts the roaches. The Borax acts as a toxin and dehydrates the roach’s exoskeleton. Borax is a fairly harmless product but if you’re worried about your kids’ and pets’ exposure to it, limit the sprinkling of it to your upper cabinets and in higher places.

Note: Do NOT use this mixture near anything that has to do with food (food prep spaces, pantries, dishes).

Fabric Softener

Cockroaches do not like fabric softener. You can test this out by laying a sheet out and watching how a cockroach reacts when an encounter takes place. If the problem in your house is really bad, you can get in some “target practice” by filling a spray bottle with a couple parts of liquid natural/organic fabric softener and water. Spray the roaches when you see them. Enjoy their immediate demise.


Catnip is also a natural roach repellant. Sprinkle it around under your sink and in your cabinets and close to your doors. You might even consider sprinkling it around outside. The great thing about catnip is that it is harmless for pets and your kids so you don’t have to worry about vigilantly watching every leaf in the house.

Remember, if the cockroach population grows to problematic proportions, the best thing to do is to hire a professional to help you get rid of them. In the in-between though, using these natural and environmentally responsible roach repelling methods can help out quite a lot.