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Cockroaches Services in Sabattus, ME

Basics

Cockroaches present a flattened, oval appearance, with long spiny legs and long antennae. Color, depends on the species, however in Maine we generally are dealing with the German Cockroach, which is a tannish brown with two dark streaks running down its back. The female cockroach deposits eggs in a bean-shaped capsule, which in some species is carried at the tip of her abdomen until the eggs are nearly ready to hatch. Nymphs (immature or young) resemble adults. The most noticeable difference is their size and the absence or length of wings.
 
 
 
The German cockroach is about 1/2 inch long, and as described above is a light brown, with two black stripes on the shield behind the head. The adults are fully winged but rarely fly. The nymphs look very much like the adults except they are obviously smaller and wingless.

Egg capsules remain attached to the female until the eggs start to hatch. The female produces seven egg capsules. Each capsule can contain up to 48 eggs. One female can generate up to 35,000 offspring per year. This explains why large numbers of cockroaches sometimes seem to appear overnight. German cockroaches prefer kitchen and bathroom for food and water, however they will disperse to other rooms as their numbers increase, especially if there is food available in these rooms also.
 
Although cockroaches carry disease organisms, they are not known to transmit disease to humans. They do contaminate food and kitchen utensils with excrement and salivary secretions, leaving an unpleasant odor. Roaches move rapidly, disappearing quickly when discovered. They may be found wherever food, warmth, poor light and undisturbed hiding places are available. Empty beer, soft drink or juice bottles and cans are very attractive to roaches.

Once cockroaches have begun to infest the most important things are to control food, water and harborage. Food should not be left open in cabinets, on counters or on the stove overnight. Also water supplies need to be controlled. No water left in the sink, no leaking faucets and soda and beer cans ect, should be rinsed right after use. Also dry or moist pet food may also be a source and should be picked up and put away before nighttime. Cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and bath should be clear of excess papers, books, binders ect., and of course professional help is available to eliminate the roach problem in addition to the steps outlined above.