Winter Cockroaches in New England
Posted on January 5, 2017
The most common cockroach infesting structures
is the German cockroach. German cockroaches
are not just winter pests. A home can become infested at anytime of year, and populations can increase very rapidly. German cockroaches feed on food debris like crumbs or grease that build up in kitchens. They especially like warm areas of the home that have an abundant source of water like kitchens and bathrooms, but when infestations levels get extremely high they can be found throughout a building or home.
German cockroaches prefer to avoid light, spending most of their time during the day hiding in cracks and crevices. They reproduce fast, in fact a single cockroach can produce batches of up to 30 eggs at a time, and the offspring can be ready to reproduce in as little as 40 days.
Cockroach control and management are important for health and safety reasons. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports that one-in-five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced in homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests.