1M Cockroaches Bust Out of Farm
Roach-farming is big business in China
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2013 1:00 AM CDT
Only 999,999 to go...   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Roach motel proprietors take note: At least a million cockroaches are on the lam after escaping a greenhouse in China, where they are used so much in traditional medicine that roach-farming can be highly profitable, PhysOrg reports. The breakout apparently happened after an "unknown perpetrator" tampered with a greenhouse where 1.5 million of the bugs were kept, sending them into adjacent cornfields.

Shanghaiist notes that Jiangsu province health officials carried out a "large-scale disinfection" of the area two days after the Aug. 20 breakout. Discovery News reports that the bug breeder spent $16,000 purchasing the eggs, and was feeding them a daily diet of "fruits and biscuits" at the time of their escape. His expected profit for his troubles? A hair over $70 per pound of cockroach. (The US is dealing with a different kind of bug invasion.)

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Aug 27, 2013 4:41 PM CDT
This story is making me hungry, 1M roaches = lots of protein.
Aug 26, 2013 10:39 PM CDT
Are you sure it wasn't 535 cocksuckers, I mean cockroaches busting out of the WH?
Aug 26, 2013 3:32 PM CDT
Dang, now I know what we can export to China - everyone start collecting up your roaches. The perfect cottage (or tenement) business.