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Pest control company to give away Madagascar hissing cockroaches to schools

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thu 1:24 PM, Oct 30, 2014

In an effort to stress the importance of science in the classroom while promoting the field of entomology, Rose Pest Solutions will give away more than 1000 Madagascar hissing cockroaches to schools and children’s organizations in Michigan, Ohio and northeast Indiana. The Rose Pest Solutions’ Madagascar Giveaway Program provides teachers with live insects in a plastic habitat and a factsheet with care instructions on a first-come, first-served basis. The FREE giveaway is available while supplies last and limited to two (2) habitats per school or organization.

“Rose Pest Solutions is proud to help introduce the science of entomology to young minds in the classroom, improving their knowledge of the natural world,” said H. Russell Ives, president of Rose Pest Solutions. “Children’s curiosity makes them eager scientists. We hope this unique program provides meaningful opportunities for discussion, observation and drawing conclusions.”

The Madagascar hissing cockroach is one of several similar species native to the island of Madagascar that lives on the forest floor near rotten logs. They are large, non-biting insects with a relatively long life cycle that are easy to care for and fun to observe. Since they are sub-tropical insects, they will not survive in our temperature climate and must be cared for indoors.

Rose Pest Solutions is the nation’s oldest pest management company that was founded by Solomon Rose in 1860 in Cincinnati. Today, the Troy, Mich.-based company provides comprehensive pest control services for homes and businesses in Michigan, Ohio and northeast Indiana.

Teachers and instructors in these areas who are interested in the program should contact Barb Craig, marketing manager for Rose Pest Solutions, at either (248) 824-7040 or For more information about Rose Pest Solutions and its Madagascar Giveaway Program, visit

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