Check out these crazy Roach contests!
In 1997 we found Tucson’s Largest Cockroach, “Arnold Roachnegger”, who measured in at 1.73″.
Once we found the largest, we were sure we could find the fastest. He was fast, but we managed to slow him down. Congratulations “Chadwick!”
Tucson’s fastest cockroach, who’s top speed was 2.1MPH!
Home of The million Dollar Roach! Read about it HERE.
Also hosted the $50,000 contest!
In 1998 we searched for the $50.000 roach
Photos by James S. Wood,
The Arizona Daily Star
Tuesday, June30, 1998
The biggest roach in Arizona Pest Control’s contest came in at longer than 2 inches and was worth $1,000 to Domingo Ramas Jr. Nancy Goermar and her son Ben, 3, examine the entries. A roach released with special bar codes and worth $50,000 wasn’t found.
The Arizona Daily Star
Monday June 8, 1998
Roach Bounty earns owner of pest control firm world fame
The “roach guy” is world famous.
Since May 6, when he sent 100 marked roaches into the world with a $50,000 bounty on their heads, Arizona Pest Control owner Bruce Tennenbaum has been interviewed by a German television station, a Dutch radio station and Comedy Cental’s Daily Show. News of Tennenbaum’s contest has been carried in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
“The media around the world are crazy” Tennenbaum said.
Despite the publicity, Tennenbaum has only received 50 roaches, none of which bore the bar-code mark that could score the grand prize. The brand is only readable in special ultra-violet light.
Tennenbaum said he received one fraudulent entry.
With about three weeks until the contest’s June 26 deadline. Tennenbaum said he expects to see about 2,000 roaches turned in to the company, 1127 N. Rook Ave.
“This week, things will real get heated,” Tennenbaum said. None of the roaches were placed in sewers, but rather in 100 places that aren’t hard to reach, Tennenbaum said.
“The best thing in he world would be for someone to win that $50,000, he said.
Roaches are due by 5 p.m. June 26, and a drawing will be held June 29 at the Tucson Sidewinders baseball game to decide which roach is worth the $5000 a year for 10 years prize. Any marked roach that is turned in wins $100 and the longest roach, marked or not, scores $1000.
The Jakarta Post
The Journal of Indonesia today
Catch Cockroach, earn $50,000
Tucson, Arizona: The bounty in this Wild West city is US $50,000. Dead or alive. But not too squished.
Those are the rules drawn up by a Tucson pest-control company that is offering a $50,000 reward for the person who catches one of 100 specially marked cockroaches it will spread around town yesterday in an advertising stunt. “There’s already been a citywide panic and we haven’t even started yet. People are going nuts” said Bruce Tennenbaum, owner of Arizona Pest Control.
Take local government officials. They’ve warned people not to even try searching in the sewers after receiving a flood of telephone calls seeking permission.
The promotion will get under way with a University of Arizona professor releasing 100 American roaches in 100 different spots around town. The roaches must be captured and returned to Tennenbaum’s shop where they will be put on ice until June 26. Why freeze them? “They smell after a while” he said.
The winning $50,000 number will be revealed at a minor league baseball game. Everyone who finds one of the bar-coded roaches gets at least $100.
Wastewater Management Department
Date: April 30, 1998
For Immediate Release
THERE ARE NO $50,000 ROACHES IN PIMA COUNTY’S SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM
To promote his business, Arizona Pest Control, local businessman Bruce Tennenbaum is offering monetary prizes for the capture of a variety of roaches.
One hundred bar-coded roaches will be released in the community; one of which will be specially marked and worth $50,000 if captured and returned.
While Mr. Tennenbaum will not disclose the locations where he will be releasing the marked roaches, the one place he will NOT release them, is into Pima County’s Public Sanitary Sewage Conveyance System.
Since Mr. Tennenbaum announced his contest, the Pima County Wastewater Management Department has been receiving phone calls from area residents seeking access into the sewer system to catch roaches. According to a local ordinance, access to the sewer is limited to the employees of the Wastewater Management Department or its designated contractors. Access into the sewer system by a member of the public is illegal.
“There are no bar-coded roaches in our system, in fact, it is sometimes difficult to find any roaches in our manholes, especially in areas that have been recently treated by our vector (roach) control crews” said Wastewater Management Deputy Director Jon C. Schladweiler. Mr. Schladweiler continued,” The opening of manholes by the public is illegal for a good reason. Manholes and sewers are considered confined spaces, and the sewage itself and the contained air in the system are not what you want to come in contact with. Additionally, if any debris should fall into an opened manhole, it could potentially lead to a blockage and overflow of raw sewage into the environment.”
According to Laura Hagen Fairbanks, the Department’s Community Relations specialist, “The Pima County Wastewater Management Department wished the residents of Pima County the best of luck in finding prize-winning roaches, we just ask that you don’t mess with our manholes.. The marked roaches won’t be in their, and neither should you.”