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
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(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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