"Cleaning" leaves for substrate use?

Stugy

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I just wanted to know how I can disinfect (is that the right term?) leaves of pesticides. As it is still cold outside, there are a lot of leaves and I've been thinking of getting my first roaches soon so I want to prepare.
 

G. pulchra

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I'm not sure you can clean pesticide from leaves, at least enough to be safe for your roaches.
 

Red Eunice

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What type roach are you getting? Feeders like dubia and lateralis do well with egg crates layered in the enclosure.
 

viper69

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I just wanted to know how I can disinfect (is that the right term?) leaves of pesticides. As it is still cold outside, there are a lot of leaves and I've been thinking of getting my first roaches soon so I want to prepare.
If you suspect pesticides, then use another source. It is not worth the risk. I don't know anyone that cleans pesticides out as I don't believe it's possible based on some articles I read.
 

raggamuffin415

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If your gonna harvest leaves, try to do so somewhere remote where there's less human contact. Then you can bake them to get rid of any unwanted guests. A few hrs at 300° or so should do it. Might wanna research the type of leaves too, certain sap/resin can be lethal to inverts.
 

Stugy

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Thanks. The weekend is practically here for me so I think I'll do that tomorrow.
 

The Snark

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In Europe you have a good chance of only encountering water soluble pesticides that rinse off or a shake or two in a container with dish washing liquid then rinse. However, down Chula Vista way I wouldn't be surprised if a test on the local vegetation or produce section came back with a Haz Mat report and possible EPA or OSHA inspection.
 
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