|MadSci Network: General Biology|
Suzann, Roaches are, in fact, very difficult to kill with any sort of radiation. I found a brief discussion of the effects of radiation presented by my estimable Mad Scientist colleague Andrew Karam at http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/feb99/919916346.Gb.r.html Microwave radiation's effect on roaches is less examined than "hard" radiation like gamma or alpha rays, and there isn't much information available. However, I did find some informal discussion of roaches and microwaves in the archives of The Straight Dope at http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_025.html and the alumnus research pages at CalTech at http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~maronj/text/roach.html. I hope that you find these informative and entertaining!
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