Pest con­trol

Char­lot­te­town pest con­trol ex­pert says Ger­man cock­roaches and bed bugs real prob­lem

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Ger­man cock­roaches and bed bugs real prob­lem in city.

A Char­lot­te­town pest con­trol com­pany says Ger­man cock­roaches and bed bugs are the two most com­mon in­fes­ta­tions they deal with.

Rob Gal­lant, who owns At­lantic Graduate Pest Man­age­ment, said the Ger­man cock­roach poses a health risk, too.

“The Ger­man cock­roach eats the same food you and I eat. They’re com­ing out of the sewer pipe, drain pipe, walk­ing all over your food so they con­tam­i­nate your food,’’ Gal­lant said.

“They are also a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to asthma at­tacks. Big thing with them is they spread dis­ease.’’

He said it is a prob­lem that oc­curs across the prov­ince.

“They’re here and they’re real. There was a time when P.E.I. thought it was ex­empt from them . . . but they’re here and we deal with them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis now.’’

He said the cock­roach can grow as big as an inch and a half. Al­though it has wings, it doesn’t tend to fly very well.

“Ger­man cock­roaches mul­ti­ply very, very quickly, they really do. They have an egg cap­sule (in which one can give birth to) 120 cock­roaches.’’

Gal­lant said only a pro­fes­sional should at­tempt to erad­i­cate an in­fes­ta­tion. The ini­tial treat­ment in­volves knock­ing down the pop­u­la­tion.

“They are in your walls, in your plumb­ing, in your elec­tri­cal. So we go in and do an ini­tial knock down and then what we call a bait­ing pro­gram.’’

The next process is ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on what to do and not do to en­sure the in­sects stay gone.

“There’s no such thing as a good cock­roach.’’

DAVE STE­WART/THE GUARDIAN

A res­i­dent in an apart­ment build­ing on Eden Street in Char­lot­te­town cap­tured this Ger­man cock­roach dur­ing a re­cent in­fes­ta­tion.

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