1.5 million cockroaches escape from chinese farm


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 plants and animals, 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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holly9000 site profile image  

8/28/13 11:57 AM by holly9000

You need a lot of roach eggs to make an omelette

phydeau site profile image  

8/28/13 11:54 AM by phydeau

who the hell is selling 220 pounds of roach eggs? get a lot of orders for that?

RPBJJ site profile image  

8/28/13 11:51 AM by RPBJJ

Shiiiiit Detroit has that many roaming pitbulls!

Bry Bry site profile image  

8/28/13 11:45 AM by Bry Bry

cockroaches eat biscuits???

Gfropr site profile image  

8/28/13 11:17 AM by Gfropr

Only if they're flying cockroaches son.

CHILLITACO site profile image  

8/28/13 10:55 AM by CHILLITACO

Lol! You guys really do need to sell them Detroit hey!

LiftorDie site profile image  

8/28/13 10:52 AM by LiftorDie

So that's what, the equivalent if one apartment in government housing in Detroit?

Focker101 site profile image  

8/28/13 10:47 AM by Focker101

Rushes to buy stock in black flag China will need a shit load of roach motels

Luncha Libre site profile image  

8/28/13 10:46 AM by Luncha Libre

Perfect destination for Puerto Ricans to vacation.