Think: What are the causes and conditions for cockroaches in my apartment?
Then, without going to the extreme of killing them, remove those causes.
eg. food for them to eat; places for them to live; etc.
That's a very sensible way to think.
I did a bit of research. I have German cockroaches in my apartment. They require more moisture than other breeds, so one of the main things I need to do is not to leave in dishes with water in them in the kitchen sink and wipe up any excess moisture. Other things I can do are to take out the garbage more frequently and to sweep up crumbs more frequently.
Something else I read is that "German" cockroaches are originally from Asia and don't like the cold. I could probably get rid of a lot of them simply by making my apartment cold. The thing is that I live between the apartments of two old women who always have their heat cranked up to jungle temperatures, so even though I have my heat completely turned off, my apartment is still very warm. I guess I just have to keep my balcony door open for several hours a day to cool things down.
I would say trapping them in a jar in your place would be the best and most ethical method, maybe give them a little food or something, let them age to death. But then again, too many in a jar, would they mate? Do they even mate?
I read that German cockroaches live for about 3 to 4 months. Some will probably die in my jar, but some may still be alive when it's warm enough to release them. Because of the effects of global warming, I might be able to release them even sooner.
Yeah, they mate. If a male cockroach and a female cockroach have a good first date, they join up back end to back end for some XXX-rated cockroach business...
Haha, but i still prefer the idea of trapping them in the jar and let them age and die naturally. Maybe conduct some prayers for them everyday. And maybe you could destroy the eggs before they hatch, that'd be better i guess.
I don't think destroying the eggs is ethical from a Buddhist point of view, since Buddhists believe life begins at conception.
Let me stick you in a jar
I appreciate your empathy, but most people would choose temporary captivity over immediate execution by being crushed or poisoned (what will happen to them if other people see them).
Anyway, the jars are big relative to their body size, and these guys don't mind living in small cracks in walls, so it's not like they're claustrophobic. They're just busy drinking, eating, crapping, and speaking German with their Asian accents.