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Cockroaches evolve in 5 years to avoid poison bait

German cockroaches were used in the study. Photo: NYT

People have been getting rid of cockroaches for decades by laying bait mixed with poison. But in the late 1980s, in the test kitchen of a flat in Florida, something went very wrong.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 3:37am

Spray away unwanted intruders

Getting rid of pests from your home by buying a chemical spray is not a hard task, but the procedure takes patience and caution.

'While buying the chemical spray, make sure none of the people living in the house is allergic to the ingredients,' says George Chow, chief operating officer at Rentokil Initial Hong Kong's pest control division.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

In the next (bigger and better) issue of STYLE ...

Check out our revamped magazine with a new look that's sure to impress: funky layouts, interesting stories and hip products - this time on what's cool in the world of Design and Living. We enter the pink and powdery world of French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass, and talk with mainland architect Ma Yansong. We find out why G.O.D.

2 May 2008 - 12:00am

Exotic pets

Paper 1a

Decide which pet each summary is about and then fill in the blanks below. Use only one word for each blank. The word may or may not be in the passage.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

What are you most scared of?

Emily Bao, 14

Betrayal. I'm quite paranoid and all the movies and books that I've watched and read usually use this element for the climax, the turning point of the plot, where everything starts going downhill. I hate the idea that someone you know and care about could destroy your faith by turning against you. It's sudden, painful and inevitable.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Creepy crawlies

Hong Kong has some fascinating insect life. Encompassing 6784 different species, our territory is home to 110 types of dragonfly, 235 species of ant, 17 species of praying mantis, 31 species of cockroach, six species of flea, 78 species of mosquito and 124 species of grasshopper.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

Girl, five, rescued after climbing out of window to escape cockroach

A five-year-old girl left alone in her home risked death yesterday by climbing half way out of a window to escape a large cockroach.

The girl, surnamed Lee, was left unattended in a flat on the 4th floor of a building in Aberdeen Main Road while her father was working at a dim sum restaurant and her mother took her two-year-old brother to see the doctor.

28 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Facts and figures

There are around 4,000 species of mammals but more than a million species of insects. Entomologists (a scientist that studies insects) believe that we've only discovered 10 per cent of the world's insect species.

Insects are one of the world's most successful organisms, which explains why they are almost everywhere.

11 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Roach's robots are all the rage

It's difficult to associate Chow Kam-wing, or Cockroach as he prefers to be called, with his first solo exhibition, Cockobot. In person, Cockroach seems quiet and unassuming so all his weird and wacky ideas must be stored in his head.

14 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Cockroach killers face fine of $1.2m

They might be disgusting creepy-crawlies, but squashing a rare species of Australian cockroach will now attract a A$200,000 (HK$1.22 million) fine or a prison sentence.

The wood-eating cockroach, which is found on just two tiny islands in the South Pacific, was listed yesterday as an endangered species.

17 Feb 2004 - 12:00am


I am writing to complain about the rubbish collection station located on Man Wan Road in Homantin.

It is situated right next to a residential building and poses a health risk to residents, because rubbish is piled up outside the station overnight and it attracts a lot of cockroaches and rats.

20 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Exotic hobbies

Defining what constitutes the exotic has absorbed thinkers over the centuries, pitting West against East, primitive against civilised worlds and, in Thailand, insect collectors against health officials.

A months-long craze has now come up against the law in Bangkok, with the arrest of a 28-year-old man called Pisit Pakhawan.

2 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Get rid of rats, roaches and illegal hawkers

I am concerned about the dreadful state of Lower Ngau Tau Kok (II) Estate.

Throughout the estate you see cockroaches and rats. Illegal hawkers occupy open areas meant for pedestrians. Corridors which would be used by residents in the event of a fire have obstacles, placed there by food vendors who ignore government safety and hygiene regulations.

4 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

What is industrial espionage?

Espionage is the process of obtaining secret information by using spies, secret agents or illegal monitoring devices.

1 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Disappearing bugs

I refer to your reader E. Wong's letter headlined, 'Surprised by large cockroach invasion' (South China Morning Post, July 19), regarding cockroaches seen inside the washroom of Tin Shui Wai Park tennis courts.

We have made a thorough investigation, but could not trace the source of the cockroaches as mentioned.

2 Aug 2000 - 12:00am