In-Sex In The CityNPMA Staff
Thursday, February 12, 2009
By NPMA Staff
Some of the mating rituals of pests can put your first date to
shame. Male insects offer gifts, song and even dance to impress the
female. But remember, this is not Love Story - this is Fatal
Attraction, which can cause many headaches for homeowners.
According to Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs
for NPMA, pests are not picky about where they mate and reproduce.
"All homes are at risk when it comes to infestation," says
Pests such as termites and cockroaches are particularly
promiscuous. The sole purpose of these pests is to reproduce,
thereby multiplying the physical and monetary amount of damage they
cause. Both pests can be a major threat to health and property.
Female termites release 'mating pheromones,' much like perfume,
to entice male termites. Once males locate the alluring females,
they break off their wings, symbolizing they are a couple. Termites
then build their nests in the structural wood of a home. A queen
termite can lay more than 60,000 eggs in her 25-year lifespan. It
only takes 50-60 days for these eggs to hatch, so early detection
and prevention is key as a colony of termites can exceed one
Male American cockroaches have to impress their lady-in-waiting
before they can mate. Casanova-like-cockroaches flap their wings,
expose their abdomens and even nibble the female. After cockroaches
mate, they then set up housekeeping and can quickly infest a
building. Females lay approximately 40 eggs each month. Although
they do not affect the structure of a home, cockroaches carry
bacteria and allergens that can severely affect one's health.
"When it comes to pests in your home call a pest professional to
cut the courtship short." advises Henriksen. "They will be able to
properly inspect and treat potential infestations. Pest problems
should always be "affectionately" thought of by homeowners The Way