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What? Montana has cockroaches?

November 11, 2019

Montana is known as "Big Sky Country"  because of the unobstructed skyline that seems to overwhelm the landscape at times.  Our state is beyond beautiful and living here is a priviledge that millions will never know.  Since I have been in the pest control industry, many people have argued that we don't have cockroaches in Montana because the temperatures are just to darn cold.  I agree about the temperatures being cold but that hasn't stopped cockroaches from surviving  in our great state.  There are more than 4000 different species of cockroaches in the world but the German Cockroach is the species that we have in our area. The german cockroach loves heat and humidity so how did they get introduced in our area?  They spend most of their lives hidden in cracks and crevices, inside appliances, between door jambs, in cabinents and in walls.  They can deposit their egg cases in cardboard boxes, microwaves and toasters.

 

Who orders product online, or has a family member that sends a care package or maybe helps someone move from another state.  The boxes we get from the products online or from the care package could very well have live cockroaches or cockroach egg cases.  The furniture we help our friends or family move could have these insects hiding in them.  Once these products get to our warm homes the cockroaches will potentially thrive.

 

The  reproduction rate of the German Cockroach is out of this world.  One female and her offspring can produce hundreds of thousands of cockroaches in just one year.  If you see a cockroach  running around in daytime, rest assured that hundreds will be living inside wall and ceiling voids, under stairs and in every crack and crevice that you can imagine.  Newborn cockroaches become adults in a little over 30 days, making the population grow very quickly.  

 

To make matters worse, these little suckers can run up to 3 miles in an hour spreading germs and bacteria throughout the home very quickly, they can live without food for a month but will only survive one week without water, they can survive being submerged in water for 1/2 hour and freakishly live for a week without their heads.  (they can breathe through little holes in their body segments)

 

Cockroach control and management are important for health and safety reasons.  If you suspect a cockroach infestation call the professionals at Xtreme Weed & Pest Solutions immediately so we can help you eliminate these nasty insects.

 

 

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