Residents of an eastern Michigan town have been notified that this year’s sleight of hand is canceled due to a major cockroach infestation.
The Wyandotte City Engineer sent a letter Oct. 25 warning residents of a cockroach infestation so severe that the trick or treating was canceled “to prevent further migration of the cockroaches.”
Vehicles and costumes will not be able to use the sidewalks and streets of 20th Street on Monday, with human barricades and signs in place. The warning says it is “in the best interest of the citizens”.
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Councilman Todd Hanna told the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, on Saturday that the city is desperately trying to get rid of the pests, saying the infestation is “not the city’s fault” and has was discovered during the city’s waste management. picked up a load of bug-swarming trash outside a house that has since been evacuated. The infested house has since been evacuated.
The council voted to stop tricking or treating to ‘prevent cockroaches from clinging to children’s costumes’ and entering other homes. It was also feared that even if cheaters killed some of the cockroaches by stepping on them, their eggs might survive and be tracked throughout the neighborhood.
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According to the Michigan State University Extension Service, cockroaches are one of the most commonly seen household pests. There are nearly 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide and about 60 in the United States. Insects, the MSU Extension service added, pose health risks, including disease transmission, once they invade your home.
Wyandotte Building Authority Commissioner Gregory Mayhew wrote in his letter that the city’s engineering department had identified a property “in your neighborhood” infested with cockroaches and the insects were heading to other homes. The city is trying to exterminate the cockroaches, but, Mayhew said, “it will take time.”