One million cockroaches flee China farm: report

Aug 25, 2013
Illustration. At least one million cockroaches have escaped a farm in China where they were being bred for use in traditional medicine, a report said.

At least one million cockroaches have escaped a farm in China where they were being bred for use in traditional medicine, a report said.

The cockroaches fled the facility in Dafeng, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, for surrounding cornfields earlier this month after an "unknown perpetrator" destroyed the plastic greenhouse where they were raised, the Modern Express newspaper said.

Disease control authorities have sent five investigators to the area to come up with a plan to stamp out the insects.

Farm owner Wang Pengsheng invested more than 100,000 yuan ($16,000) in 102 kilograms of Periplaneta americana eggs after spending six months developing a business plan, the report Friday said.

The cockroach is generally considered a pest, but believers in traditional Chinese medicine—which uses both , including endangered species—say extracts from it can treat diseases including cancer, reduce inflammation and improve immunity.

By the time the greenhouse was damaged, more than 1.5 million cockroaches had hatched and were being fed food including "fruits and biscuits" every day, Wang was quoted as saying.

He had expected to make around 1,000 yuan profit for every kilogram of cockroaches sold, according to the report, but was now facing losses of hundreds of thousands of yuan.

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MandoZink
5 / 5 (1) Aug 25, 2013
"Sons of Samsa Get Second Chance"

(assuming Gregor found a mate)
cantdrive85
1.5 / 5 (8) Aug 25, 2013
Too bad he isn't in Amerika, you can be sure the cockroaches' brethren in Washington would bail this guy out.
Sinister1811
1 / 5 (7) Aug 25, 2013
Why breed cockroaches? There are enough already. Chinese medicine or salmonella? lol
MandoZink
4 / 5 (4) Aug 25, 2013
Why breed cockroaches?

I have to admit we constantly run short of cockroaches at my house and I end up having to go outside to get more, preferably really fast ones.My cats big thrill is chasing down and eating every bug they find in the house, including a few Brown Recluse spiders. Every night it's a chore. They expect me to retrieve moths, crickets, cockroaches and whatnot from the back-porch lights area for their sole entertainment.

Roaches aside, releasing a horsefly into the house is the ultimate thrill.
Shakescene21
2.7 / 5 (7) Aug 25, 2013
Why breed cockroaches?


I greatly prefer to see 'traditional medicines' made from cockroaches than from rhino horns or tiger paws.
Pkunk_
1 / 5 (5) Aug 26, 2013
Why breed cockroaches?


I greatly prefer to see 'traditional medicines' made from cockroaches than from rhino horns or tiger paws.

LMAO .
What me worry if they're eating roach shit as long as they aren't having ground up Rhino horn or Tiger bones.
Sinister1811
2.1 / 5 (7) Aug 26, 2013
@MandoZink That does sound pretty entertaining to watch. :D I wish my dog would chase things more often lol. I didn't realise cats liked to eat roaches.
Sinister1811
1.7 / 5 (6) Aug 26, 2013
Why breed cockroaches?


I greatly prefer to see 'traditional medicines' made from cockroaches than from rhino horns or tiger paws.


I couldn't agree more, Shakescene. They should do it more often.
Jonseer
1.7 / 5 (6) Aug 26, 2013
How did anyone notice this had happened?