Step 3: Euthanize the cockroach

Kill the cockroach by placing it in the freezer. After two to three hours in the freezer, it should be good and dead. Take it out of the freezer and remove the cockroach from the container. Be careful handling it as not to damage it.

(Note: Dr. G says you should always wash your hands after handling cockroaches as they have been known to cause allergies.)

I covered the holes on the top of the salt shaker with a piece of painters tape after concern was raised about placing a cockroach in the freezer with a container that had holes in it. I highly recommend a fully sealable container to circumvent this problem.

You eat steak
Look what I did cyborg roach!
are those human bite marks on that roach hotel? o_O<br />
It came that way. It was pre-bitten. <br />
Don't make the roaches mad!
It's the easy way to rid yourself of a little brother. &quot; Hey Joe, instead of annoying me, check out this&nbsp;cool cookie I got you (holds up roach motel) why don't you go chew on it&quot;
<p>I would reccomend using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol in a sealable jar with the cockroach.&nbsp; It kills them in like 10-20 minutes compared to 2-3 hours in the freezer.&nbsp; It works on all kinds of insects.</p>
&nbsp;But thats just mean...
Well when you mom put a lobster in a boiling pot of water does she consider humane? (yes) Kills them the second they drop in.<br><br>Do I like animal being killed, no but is the way of life
Lol, at first I thought this was just a type of really fat butterfly...<br />
I probably wouldn't sacrifice a butterfly for this project but you might try carbon tetrachloride (Carbona) as a killing agent.&nbsp; It used to be a favorite chemical of&nbsp; butterfly hunters which would instantly drop them out of the air when sprayed in a stream from a metal garden sprayer.&nbsp; One drop anywhere on a wing would be sudden death.&nbsp; It should work on cockroaches well enough, but definitely not as a pest control indoors where humans and pets live.<br /> <br /> It was banned from use as a dry cleaner in laundry shops because too much exposure&nbsp; causes liver and brain damage and cancer, and the vapor remains in clothes for too long.&nbsp; It might still be available among stain removal chemicals in department or hardware stores, however.<br />
Liver, brain damage and cancer...? ...I think I will stick with putting things in the freezer.<br />
besides, whatever happened to the Ether Bunny?<br />
Do you catch those with an ether net? :P<br /> <br /> Sorry, that was terrible.<br />
A plausible fiery fate.<br />
I don't know.&nbsp; Haven't they proved he doesn't eggthitht?<br />
Oh c'mon Randy! When I saw your name I was <strong>expecting </strong>you to keep it alive, then release it back to whence it came for some unexpectant &nbsp;person to find.<br /> <br /> I live specimen when have scored you 10/10. <br /> <br /> Give it another go, but with just 5 minutes in the freezer. Should give you 40 secs or so,&nbsp; to glue wings on before it revives.&nbsp;
Gluing butterfly wings onto a dead stationary cockroach is challenge enough for me.<br />
My first thought when I was browsing through this Instructable, i thought you intended to keep a butterfly and a cockroach locked together in a jar until they crossbred. Then I realized that you were gluing the wings to the cockroach. Any butterfly is fine, but I hate cockroaches. If these cockerflies behave like cockroaches, than I'm more than fine with letting them go extinct.&nbsp; Cockroaches are hard enough without the abilities to fly. What if they find jetpacks next? O_O<br />
Oh. Good idea. Crossbreeding. I'll try that next. Maybe I'll expose them both to gamma radiation too. That seems to go well in the comic books. <br />
we tried cross breeding, but they either just muttered grumpily, started fights, or ignored each other. I guess it's just hard to get em feeling romantic when they're ticked off! ;}<br />
You definitely don't want to come to Louisiana then, the screams you hear are when people find out that the 4 inch cockroaches (Palmetto Bugs) fly! lol.&nbsp;
My brother had a roach control business in the LA&nbsp;area a few years back.&nbsp; They used ordinary borax as an insecticide.&nbsp; Seems that cockroaches are really very clean animals, and they groom themselves constantly.&nbsp; When they get into the borax, they try to wipe it off, but the fine crystals are instead driven into the soft tissue between the sections of the exoskeleton.&nbsp; The cockroach dies the &quot;death of a thousand cuts&quot;. <br />
I lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years...I had a cockroach that ws about 5 inches long follow me down the street - it even crossed the street after me! But I don't know what was scarier, the roach following me, or the fact that it refused to follow me into Taco Bell! :) BTY, They also fly in L.A.! We had all types down there excepting for the hissers!
Why kill a butterfly? A lot of them are disappearing. There are good fakes out there in the crafting stores.
I believe this one died of natural causes. Most of the places that sell preserved butterflies get them from butterfly farms. <br /> <br /> http://www.butterfliesandart.com/Process/Process.htm<br />
Thanks,sarcastically...I will never be able to view another butterfly again without wondering if a cockroach has stolen it's wings...and I hate cockroaches as much as flies
Finally someone shows the fun side of Entomology.<br />
Funniest comment ever.&nbsp; Nice.<br />
Hee hee that's so cool!<br />
Did that make anyone else think of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMWi7CLoZ2Q" rel="nofollow">this YouTube Video</a>?<br />
Ummm... nope. I can't say that it did. <br />
psh....snicker...cockefly (bahahehehe...)
&nbsp;Be sure to label your freezer jar &nbsp;as a science experiment or else someone may mistake it for a condiment or a place to put the baby teether toy, not unless the whole freezer is full of science experiments...
&nbsp;and just wait until the People for the Ethical Treatment of Insects start blasting here...
&nbsp;Blasting here would be very petty of them...<br /> <br /> (bwaaaahahahaha.....)<br />
If they want to live amongst the roaches and cockerflies, they are more than welcome to. I prefer mine dried out and pinned down.<br />
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
i dont noe if im disturbed or stupified. . .
You actually don't want to pin in the center of the body.&nbsp; The standard among entomologists is to pin just right of center.&nbsp; If you pin in the center you are no longer able to see what the insect's body looks like right there.&nbsp; If you pin off-center a little bit, you are able to see the center of the body; and since an insect's body is symmetrical, the features you pinned over on the right side of the body are visible on the left side of the body.<br /> If you just want to fool your friends pinning in the center is fine, but pinning to the right makes it look more like a specimen from an entomologists collection.<br />
Thanks for the tip! That is very good to know.<br />
God dammit i hate insects.<br /> <br /> are worms insects ? worms are fine.<br /> And on its own an ant is cool but not in a swarm.<br />
First, <br /> This is a decent bit of rogue taxidermy.<br /> <br /> Second,<br /> This is a very good example of why genetic manipulation research&nbsp;should be globally banned. Humans are far too creative for that kind of power.<br /> <br /> Third,<br /> My compliments on the pictures very good macro shots. Compared to what we usually get around here.&nbsp;

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