PEST OF THE MONTH
December - Cockroaches
Cockroaches are among the most common insects, with about 70 species being found in the United States alone. Their sizes and colors vary significantly on the type of species infesting.
Cockroaches are well known for moving to areas via "hitchhiking". Because they prefer to hide in cracks and crevices in the daytime, they are frequently moved about in products or by people. Careful inspection of food products, furniture, decorations, clothing, or other goods coming into the home from stores or storage may expose Cockroaches in hiding.
The presence of Cockroaches is often detected by their damage of by the fecal matter, called frass, they deposit. Once cockroaches become established in a home they are prolific breeders and capable of producing several thousand offspring in a year. Cockroaches thrive where food and moisture are readily available, so sanitation is an important step in the prevention and control of these pests.
The presence of Cockroaches constitutes an important source of health-threatening allergens and diseases.