Gruesome footage shows moment doctors remove LIVE cockroach from woman — s skull after she complained of a — tickling sensation — in her head

Gruesome moment doctors remove LIVE cockroach from woman’s skull through her NOSE after she complained of a ‘tickling sensation’

It took 45 minutes for the insect to be removed from domestic helper Selvi’s head

  • 3 Feb 2017, 10:26
  • Updated : 4 Feb 2017, 13:44

GRUESOME footage shows the moment astonished doctors discovered a live cockroach inside a woman’s skull.

Domestic helper Selvi, 42, was woken up in the middle of the night by a «crawling sensation» in her right nostril which became a «burning» feeling in her head.

Baffled medics used a nasal endoscopy to find the creepy crawly «sitting in the skull base between her eyes».

They were forced to use clamps and a sucker to get it out, but miraculously the bug was still alive.

According to doctors, had Selvi ignored the scratchy sensation, the insect would have died, causing an infection close to her brain.

Selvi, from Injambakkam, India, who does not want to give her full name, said: «My immediate reaction after feeling that crawling sensation in the right nostril was to brush it off in half sleep.

«But before I could do anything, it went inside. I could not explain the feeling but I was sure it was some insect.

«There was a tingling and crawling sensation. Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes.

«I spent the entire night in discomfort, sitting up and waiting for dawn to go to Stanley hospital after getting the reference of a doctor from my employer.»

5 Creepy Facts About Cockroaches

Very few insects in the world are more detested than cockroaches. Even the word itself can be an insult “Hey you cockroach! Get out of here!”. So let’s say you have cockroaches in your home or your office or God forbid your favorite restaurant and you decide that you’re going to rid of them. This may not be as simple as you think. Cockroaches are really terrifying looking insects and are nearly impossible to kill. Here’s what you are up against:

5. Cockroaches Don’t Have a Brain

Cockroaches are brainless creatures, but they do have an instinct and a ferocious desire to survive and reproduce. They are small and can fit into tiny cracks and crevices. Cockroaches like the German Roach have great peripheral vision. This particular type of cockroach has some hip looking wrap around eyes carved into their heads. Their antennae are also heavily specialized and detect food and water as well as threatening notices. The cockroach always keeps its antennae clean. Not too bad for an insect without a brain!

4. They Can Detect Your Every Move

Super sensitive hairs alert the cockroach when you start to move. Once the cockroach senses you, it takes off at a speed up to 11 inches per second. This is the human equivalent of 93 miles an hour. We supposed they can run at you at 93 miles per hour as well. Creepy!

3. Your House is Their Perfect Environment

Cockroaches can live an entire month without food. In your home, in one month, can you honestly say that there won’t be one leaky faucet or at least a few crumbs to feed them? And the nightmare gets worse. When you see hundreds of them leaving your kitchen you know they aren’t the only ones. That is just the tip of the iceberg. They can multiply incredibly fast in the right conditions.

2. The Multiply Like Crazy

A female cockroach can keep enough sperm for up to seven generations of cockroaches even though they only mate one time in their lives. This means that each female cockroach can produce around about 300 young cockroaches in her life span. Since cockroaches have a life span of almost 1 year, the female cockroach can carry almost 6 years of cockroaches in her body during her entire life.

So, you can’t kill all of them as there are so just many of them living in the small shadowy cracks in your rooms. They multiply like crazy and only have to mate once to expand their numbers within your home. Creepy!

1. They Love To Eat Bones and Decaying Animals

They are surely nature’s scavengers and are known to snack on just about anything. They also will eat the remains of deceased animals for sustenance. They are nature’s survivors and they do what it takes to survive. That is why they have lived on this earth for so long. They adapt to every situation and are tough little cookies.

Keep your house clean or these guys will certainly invade.

The fastest insect in the world

Who would win in a race between an American cockroach and an Australian tiger beetle?

  • By Nic Fleming

27 October 2014

The cheetah is famously the fastest land animal on the planet, running at up to 120 kilometres an hour (75 miles per hour). Its extreme speed means it achieves a kill on around half of its hunts.

That’s impressive, but you surely knew it already, because cheetahs are so over-exposed. The British comedian Noel Fielding once complained in a song that the big «showoff animals» tend to get all the attention, and the cheetah’s sprinting skills are a pretty clear case. So Fielding would no doubt approve of Thomas Merritt, who in 1999 set out to identify the fastest running insect.

Run, insect, run

Merritt, then at the University of Florida in Gainesville, began by trawling research databases and consulting fellow entomologists to draw up a list of contenders. He decided valid entrants had to have been timed at least five times, and that the results to have appeared in a scientific journal. As a result a tiger moth caterpillar (Apantesis vittata), recorded travelling over a table top at a nimble 5 kilometres per hour (3.1mph), was ruled out on both counts.

Three other candidates with better recorded claims were, in any case, faster.

In 1991 two scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, used a pressure-sensitive plate and high-speed cameras to track eight American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana), sometimes known as waterbugs. They can fly but rarely bother, and go fastest when they run on their two hind legs. In the tests they covered 1.5 metres (5 feet) in one second, achieving a speed of 5.5km/h (3.4mph).

However, in 1996 scientists in the Netherlands tested two species of Australian tiger beetle, Cicindela eburneola (pictured at the top of the article) and Cicindela hudsoni. Both have «vestigial» wings, so they cannot fly. But they make up for it with running skills. The researchers clocked them at 6.8km/h (4.2mph) and 9km/h (5.6mph) respectively.

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On this measure, C. hudsoni — capable of covering 2.5 metres (8ft) in one second — is the fastest running insect. At top speed its visual system cannot keep up, and it has to slow down to see anything.

Size matters

However, in a contest of speed relative to size, another species heads the pack. The smaller C. eburneola can travel 171 body lengths per second, well ahead of C hudsoni (120bl/s) and P. americana (50bl/s).

Humans and other animals famed for their absolute speed are sorry laggards in this race. Usain Bolt, the 100m world record holder, may have a top speed of 44.2 km/h (27.3mph), but at 1.96m (6ft 5ins) tall, this is a mere 6 bl/s. Even the cheetah only manages around 16 bl/s.

To find a real champion runner, though, you have to look outside the insects. Earlier this year, Paratarsotomus macropalpis, a mite from southern California, was recorded travelling at 0.225 metres per second (0.5mph). This may seem slow, but with a body length of 0.7mm it equates to an extraordinary 322bl/s.

Merritt did consider creatures that travel at high relative speeds like this, but he ultimately disregarded them on the grounds that size is not normally considered in other contests such as fastest land vehicle.

What’s more, small animals have an unfair advantage. P. macropalpis can stop, change direction, and accelerate very quickly, because its small size means it doesn’t experience much air resistance.

Raising Insects For Profit

Raising Insects for Profit

Insect farming has rapidly grown over the last decade, and now is a multimillion dollar industry. It wasn’t too long ago that insects were solely bred for pets and zoos… but this is changing as the “Insect Food Revolution” takes off. Pound for pound, insects are the most efficient way to produce animal protein for humans. This presents new markets and a good opportunity for people to earn income from your garage or shed.

Best of all you can start very inexpensively and expand as your experience and markets grow. Insects however are far more than a potential source of income.…they can also save you money by converting waste food scraps into rich compost for your vegetable garden or insects to feed your chickens, fish or pigs.

What Markets are Available?

To give you an example how insect breeding markets have changed over time, we started breeding insects some 13 years ago for wildlife rescue/reptile keeping, then expanded to zoos, pet stores and reptile owners.

In the last 5 years enquires into the human food market has increased dramatically (most of our enquires). We now use our insects for aquaponics to produce organic vegetables and fish. The markets are endless with insects now also being used for; food dishes; high protein products such as protein bars, flour etc; or as a protein supplement to animals such as chickens, pigs and fish.

The reason for the steady rise in insect farms for human consumption is not due to it being a short term “food fad”, it comes from the sobering fact that we need increase food production by 60-100% by 2050 just to keep pace with our ever-growing human population.

Insects can help solve this problem. For example, crickets need six times less feed than cattle, four times less than sheep and twice less than pigs to produce the equivalent amount of protein. Insects are an important solution to the worlds food crisis and will be around for the foreseeable future and are expected to grow rapidly.

If you need more ideas on markets for insect breeding then look at the following link Markets for Breeding Insects.

What Species Should I Breed?

Crickets are the insect of choice for both the pet trade and human consumption. The main reason for this is that they are the most appealing insect for humans to eat, yet they are the most difficult species to breed (hence people need to buy them). Many Zoos, pet stores and wildlife rescue people often breed woodies (cockroaches) and mealworms but find it difficult to breed crickets consistently. Fortunately, we have developed a low maintenance cricket breeding system, so this is no longer a stumbling block and opens this market to the average person or business (more on this later).

Woodies (cockroaches) are the easiest species to breed in large quantities and we set them up for aquaponic businesses who want a cost effective and sustainable food source to replace fishmeal pellet food. However the same principle can be used with other animals such as chickens, pigs etc. We are taking this one step further and trailing ways to replace fish meal and insect food with other sustainable food sources such as duckweed and moringa. This will save input costs and improve the price of the product (organic and sustainable).

Mealworms are popular with wildlife rescue and moderately so for human consumption, however we have moved towards Soldier Fly Larvae as we can convert waste food scraps to feed or insect colony. In this way we save money as we don’t have to buy meal and get the extra benefit of rich compost for gardens. They also don’t need the active management that mealworms need.

However, everyone will have a personal preference and there are a lot of pros and cons to consider for each species. If you need more ideas on choosing a species look at the following link Markets for Breeding Insects.

What are the Pitfalls?

In many regards breeding the insects is relatively easy, however stopping them getting eaten by vinegar flies/pests or diseases is more difficult. For example, vinegar flies nearly wiped out our operations and it took me 12 months to work out how to beat a 1mm fly (a humbling and frustrating experience). There are other things to consider, including: choosing the right species, finding niche markets and doing things efficiently.

One of the best things to do to get you on the right track is get good information and learn from other people’s mistakes. You could spend a decade in a shed experimenting (like I did) and get only so far. A more efficient use of your time is use methods others have developed and them make them your own.

We have gone through all these hardships and developed tried and proven insect breeding method that are efficient and minimise problems with pests and diseases. For more information on common mistakes breeding insects visit this page Breeding Insects Mistakes.

What is the Best Way to Get Started?

To work out if you want to breed insects, one of the first things to do is estimate how many insects you could breed in your spare shed, garage or room. You might be surprised to learn you can fit 12 containers (70L or 18.5 gallon) in a 13.12 square foot or 1.2 m2 area. To help you work out how many insects you can produce and the correct method, visit this page. How many crickets can I produce. The next thing to do is work out which species you want to breed and consider your markets which we have discussed above.

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When I started I used every method I could get my hands on and found many of them to be time consuming, messy and inefficient. After 13 years of experimentation we developed streamlined methods to feed, clean and breed insects. For instance, conventional methods for breeding crickets means you need to spray eggs every day, separate crickets into different containers (so they don’t eat each other) and continually top up water and food containers. This time-consuming process was the main reason people stopped breeding crickets after a few months.

Our answer to this problem was developing the Substrate Cricket Breeding System which is perfect for small scale commercial and requires only 3 minutes maintenance each week (per 70L container) and does not need the active management of conventional methods. We also cover conventional large-scale production in full detail. Woodies are equally low maintenance.

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How to Rid Your Garden of Cockroaches

We’re going to do a little test.

Did an involuntary shiver just go through your body? You’re not alone. The very mention of these vile pests can send folks running for the hills.

And an actual glimpse of one might have the more skittish among us performing stunning feats of athletic strength and agility as we desperately leap onto couches or countertops to avoid these fast-moving, creepy critters.

More than 55 species of cockroach populate our lands, many of them “gifts” from Asia and Africa, having come over on trading vessels.

In some parts of the United States, cockroaches are called palmetto bugs, because of these insects’ tendencies to hide under the leaves of palm trees. Other names for the bugs include waterbug, Croton bug (named for the water supply system of New York City but not to be confused with the croton plant), and Bombay canary.

Whatever you call them, they’re a pest in our gardens, and heaven forbid they get into our homes — they’re an even worse scourge there.

Let’s explore some ways to avoid and get rid of them.

Hang up a “No Vacancy” Sign

Your first line of defense is to avoid attracting them in the first place.

Roaches like moist, dark places. Of course they do. Also unsurprising is the fact that they’ll eat just about flipping anything organic, including each other. Gross.

Anyway, keep garden areas tidy and free of excess clutter and refuse that might provide a home for these pests. Keep an eye on mulch, turning it or replacing it often to dissuade the bugs.

For those of us who enjoy a winter fire, wood piles are inevitable. But store your logs in a cool, dry location far away from the house, and keep an eye out for insect infestations.

And compost! Compost piles are to roaches what a Vegas buffet is to a hungover gambler. Paradise!

Build your compost pile well away from your house, cover it, and turn it often to discourage roaches from taking up residence in your muck.

If your garbage pails are stored near your garden, make sure they’re tightly sealed. Ditto pet food containers.

Natural Eradication

While it’s true that many species are more interested in human food and, oh, any kind of feces than they are in your garden plants, there are some species that will eat plants.

And even if they don’t eat your plants, you don’t want them in your yard.

Why not? Because the next step is an invasion of these pests into your home, where they’ll spread all kinds of nasty germs and eat your food and startle the socks off late-night, refrigerator-raiding humans.

For a natural way of getting rid of these malevolent marauders, try dusting diatomaceous earth around your plants. The powder’s tiny particles are sharp and have the effect of miniature razor blades on insect respiratory systems. Bwahahahaha!

For those of us in the South who are plagued by the slightly less vile but equally annoying fire ants, we have a choice between two evils.

While fire ants are loathsome tormentors in their own right, they do offer the benefit of helping to control cockroaches, by killing and eating them. So, pick your nasty bug.

On the other hand, our lovely friends the birds also like a tasty cockroach morsel, so create a welcoming environment for your avian friends by putting out seed.

A birdbath is nice for the feathered fowl, too, but keep in mind that roaches are also attracted to water.

Orcon Live Trichogramma Parasitic Wasp Eggs

Some parasitic wasps also feed on roaches. You can purchase parasitic wasps from Amazon.

Or plant any of these to attract the wasps to your garden: masterwort; yarrow, available from Amazon; caraway, available from True Leaf Market; or dill, also available from True Leaf Market.

Time to Bring Out the Big Guns?

If natural eradication methods aren’t doing the trick, you may have to turn to a more powerful insecticide?

You can purchase any of a number of poisonous gels, sprays, or sticky traps that contain insecticides such as fipronil or imidacloprid.

Some may contain boric acid, which is derived from the mineral boron, and is a notoriously effective cockroach killer.

Keep in mind, however, that using these commercial products in the garden can be tricky, because you run the risk of harming beneficial insects or pets.

And sticky tapes may end up trapping more dirt and mulch than roaches.

Some gardeners have had good luck with bait stations such as these, available from Amazon. They may be placed in areas where palmettos have been spotted.

If you go with chemicals, check labels to be sure outdoor use is safe.

Legs Up!

To normal human beings who aren’t entomologists or Richard Schweid, author of The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore, the only good cockroach is a dead cockroach.

The Cockroach Papers, available on Amazon

To ensure you’re not pestered by these pests, first practice clean garden habits to deter them. And if they nevertheless insist on taking up residence in your yard, try some diatomaceous earth or other natural killers.

As a last resort, you can procure poison, but use only with the utmost caution so that beneficial insects, pets and humans aren’t harmed.

In the comments section below, tell us how you banish these vile vermin from your outdoor spaces.

And if cockroaches have also invaded your house, check out the story on our sister site, Foodal, about ridding your abode of these contemptible creatures.

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