June 18, 2018
During the summer months in Maine, the cockroach population tends to explode due to the of hot, humid weather. These are the ideal weather conditions for cockroaches to breed and grow more rapidly. This population explosion in the summer will cause a higher potential for health dangers in homes and businesses alike, all around the state. In Maine, the most common variety of cockroach is the German cockroach, which is one of the smallest of its type. Here is some information on these common summertime invaders:
German roaches can only grow to be ⅝” long; they are tan or light brown in color with two distinct dark parallel stripes down their heads and backs. They do have wings but rarely fly, but rather like to scurry around on their legs. These cockroaches are creepy little pests that people usually don’t want to see indoors scurrying across their kitchen countertops and floors.
Cockroaches can gain access to homes and businesses through tiny cracks and crevices in a structure’s exterior walls or foundation while seeking food, and water, and shelter. Sometimes, they will hitch a ride into your home in boxes, bags, clothing, furniture, or other types of products and deliveries. Once they have gotten inside a structure, cockroaches tend to move into rooms like kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms; they prefer to live in moist, warm places.
German cockroaches are extremely dangerous to have living inside homes and businesses. They are filthy insects that travel extensively through garbage, sewers, sink drains, and feces. As they travel through these nasty environments, the roaches inadvertently pick up these bacteria, pathogens, and viruses on their legs and bodies, which can cause a variety of diseases and illnesses including diarrhea, salmonella, and dysentery. In addition, some people, especially the young children and the elderly, can be adversely affected by the shed skins and dried feces that can cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks. These roaches don’t just cause health concerns; they can also cause damage by ruining book bindings, wallpaper, and other items that contain starchy materials that they enjoy to eat.
In order to safely and effectively eliminate, prevent, and control a cockroach infestation, you will require the services of a professional pest control company, like Pine State Pest Solutions. We understand the urgency of controlling cockroaches because of their ability to breed quickly and the fact that their preference to hide in dark, moist, hard-to-reach places can make them extremely difficult to get rid of without professional help. We service homes and businesses in Maine, including Kennebec, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Oxford, Cumberland, and York Counties and then some. Contact us today to see how we can help eliminate cockroach problems in your home or business!