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Judas Roach

Betrayest thou the son of Roach with a bomb?
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Roaches. You gotta love em. The perfect critters. But sometimes you gotta kill em, and that can be hard. Roaches have places they hide, where it is difficult to reach them with chemicals.

There is a technique for controlling feral goat populations which uses a "Judas Goat". This goat is fitted with a radio transponder and turned loose. Goats like other goats, so Judas finds his way into the wild goat herd and hangs out with them. Then the guys with helicopters come, homing in on Judas.

The same technique should work with roaches. I propose that very large Judas roaches be raised in a lab. On there backs will be glued several pellets which degenerate over a week, finally falling off and opening to release pesticide - preferably a strong, long lasting contact poison. During that week, these lab-reared brutes will muscle their way into the finest roach hiding spots, temporarily becoming roach royalty. When the pesticide comes out, these refuges will be turned into roach killing zones. This will kill roaches while decreasing overall pesticide use.

bungston, Jul 31 2003

Judas Goat method http://www.pir.sa.g...mal_plant/goat1.pdf
Makes me think about a scifi with aliens using this technique on humans. [bungston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Judas Cow http://www.vaz1.net...eBill/JudasCow.html
[my face your, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Judas Priest http://www.judaspriest.com
What if we sent in a gay roach? [eyeguy, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Combat - Roach Killer http://www.hometown...COMBT12MT&ovtac=CMP
A product that does the same thing. [cloudhedd, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Mimic http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119675/
A great movie about giant killer cockroaches. [ye_river_xiv, Oct 02 2007]


       Perfect. Now all we need is a Judas Republican.
DeathNinja, Jul 31 2003

       We already had a Judas Democrat last election.
bungston, Jul 31 2003

       I always thought the Judas goat was used in abbatoirs, to help calm the incoming animals.
friendlyfire, Jul 31 2003

       This is exactly how a variety of insecticides on the market work: the bugs in question, roaches, ants, wasps, etc., picking the bait up and taking it home, where it kills the whole lot.   

       And the sci fi angle is Baked, too.
DrCurry, Jul 31 2003

       I thought this was going to involve smoking. Or heavy metal.
hazel, Jul 31 2003

       I know that some poisons are supposed to be tracked back by roaches. But how is some puny, dying roach going to claim prime space and get the goods where they are supposed to go? How do you know roaches will actually walk where you put poison, and pick up enough to kill anything other that themselves. Judas Roach is a direct route to this end, so to speak.   

       As regards the abbatoir - Judas Goat is also used in that context, as I learned on my google.
bungston, Jul 31 2003

       These boots were made for stalkin'.
thumbwax, Jul 31 2003

       //I always thought the Judas goat was used in abbatoirs, to help calm the incoming animals.//   

       <taunt> "I know something you dont know, I know something you dont know, I know something you dont know (and I got tenure)" </taunt>
FloridaManatee, Jul 31 2003

       cool highly toxic pesticide in your house on your dishes on the floor where your kids play and pets lay not to mention a new breed of soon be to pestside resistant super roaches
matthewq4b, Aug 15 2003

       Inoculating the Judas Roach with a disease that is extremely contagious to this species of roach would finish, for once and for all, both the job at hand and any sales opportunities in the neighborhood or city.   


       Brian Cady
briancady413, Dec 22 2003

       Why not hook a small radio transponder to your huge Judas roach? That way it would hide with the other roaches and you would be able to tell the pest control man exactly where they are.
DesertFox, May 04 2004

       You can't use transponders cause that would be Breakin the Law, breakin the Law, If you think that would work You Got Another Thing Coming.
eyeguy, May 04 2004

       Go eyeguy! Love that song (and any song off V-rock!)
ghillie, May 04 2004

       This is very baked (at least the concept). There is a product caled a rach station, made by Combat. It consists of plastic disks with a labyrinth kind of thing which the roach enters. The roach gets coated with some stuff which is a slow acting pison that gets transferred to the nest.
cloudhedd, Jul 25 2004

       Umm, yeah, wasn't that cool, that thing I saw in that movie Mimic, (link)
ye_river_xiv, Oct 02 2007

       For some reason, roaches love getting sucked into vaccuum cleaners where they explode from hitting the fan.... Judas Vaccuum cleaners.... however, if you do, make sure you have a proper HETA approved filter though or you'll spread airborne pathogens around.
quantum_flux, Oct 02 2007

       Ah, the Roach Roomba perhaps.
marklar, Oct 02 2007

       As has been pointed out several times most commercial roach poisons work this way. But there is one added effect that has not been mentioned. Roaches are cannibalistic, so when one roach eats the poison it goes back to the nest and dies where its fellows eat its body and are poisoned in turn.
Galbinus_Caeli, Oct 02 2007

       The "Combat - Roach Killer" linked to relies on the bait-visiting roaches to ingest the poison.
To keep reusing the Judas Roaches, each station could include a gel-bait applicator to place a sticky poison on its back where it would be harmless to the Judas Roach, but available (at least after it died) to the roaches in the nest. The bait offered for eating at the station would be non-toxic.
I've wondered if a roach would ever eat off the back of another. It would be helpful, but not critical to this product's success.
This would also keep roaches from evolving an avoidance of the usual (toxic and non-toxic) bait ingredients.

Alvin, Apr 17 2016

       I just want to add that "Judas Roach" would be an awesome name for a rock band - or for a lead singer.
smendler, Apr 18 2016


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