How Dangerous Is It To Have Cockroaches In Your New Jersey Home?

June 23, 2020

Cockroaches: the subject of traditional Spanish folk songs, and the first insects you’re likely to find in a dumpster or deserted house. These pests have made a name for themselves as dirty, disease-ridden pests, but how dangerous are they inside your home?

New Jersey residents beware. Cockroaches are bad news for your health and household. If you think you’ve seen one of these critters scuttling around at night, don’t risk letting the issue resolve itself. Let’s see if you have a cockroach infestation in your New Jersey home.

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Cockroach Identification Tips

There are a few different cockroach species in New Jersey, and although no two roaches are alike, they share many similarities. Cockroaches have flat, oval-shaped bodies, six spiny legs, two long antennae, and glossy bodies which range from light brown to reddish-brown to black. Some cockroach species have wings, but many of them don’t fly, and you’re more likely to see them on the ground than airborne.

These are the three most common types of house-invading cockroaches in New Jersey:

American cockroaches. These are the largest roach species in the United States, growing to anywhere between 1-3 inches. They have dark, reddish-brown bodies and a distinct yellow figure-8 pattern below their heads. These roaches can fly but are more likely to scuttle.

German cockroaches. These pests are the most common in New Jersey homes. They grow to around ½ an inch in length and have light brown bodies, translucent wings, and two dark stripes on their heads. German cockroaches can fly but rarely do.

Oriental cockroaches. Also known as water bugs, Oriental cockroaches grow to around an inch in length and have shiny brown-black bodies. If you don’t see them, you’ll smell them: Oriental cockroaches emit a foul scent that only gets worse with time.

Cockroaches are most attracted to dark, damp, warm spaces throughout the home, as well as any space close to a source of food. Since roaches will feast on food, trash, and just about anything, that means you can find them camping out in cabinets, pipes, and furniture, under appliances, around trash cans, and in other various nooks and crannies that keep them protected and fed.

Why Cockroaches Are Dangerous

Cockroaches themselves won’t try to attack you. Roaches are dangerous because of the diseases they can spread. The notion that cockroaches are dirty and disease-ridden is more than just a stereotype – these pests spread some serious pathogens.

Diseases commonly transmitted by cockroaches include salmonella, typhoid, dysentery, listeria, giardia, gastroenteritis, and cholera. Cockroaches pick these pathogens up when they nest in bacteria-ridden places like dumpsters and abandoned buildings. When they find their way to your home, these pathogens trail wherever the cockroach walks, and if the roach finds its way to your pantry, the chances of you ingesting these bacteria and infecting yourself increase dramatically.

Sounds disgusting, right? While cockroaches might not mean any harm, they certainly bring it. On top of all this, having cockroaches in the house for extended periods of time can trigger allergic reactions. Cockroach saliva, waste, and carcasses can cause respiratory issues including asthma, sinus infections, chest tightness, and wheezing, along with itchy eyes and rashes. These allergic reactions can remain even after the roaches are removed, which is why, on top of the aforementioned diseases, you want to get rid of an infestation as soon as possible.

Identifying Cockroach Infestations

Many times, you’ll identify what cockroaches leave behind before you see the roaches themselves. Common cockroach signs include pepper-sized feces, carcasses, and a foul odor in common nesting spaces.

Since cockroaches are nocturnal, you typically won’t see them during the day, but if you do see a roach scuttling about in the daytime, you can bet that there’s more of them, many more of them, just out of sight. Having cockroaches isn’t necessarily a sign that your home is dirty or unkempt. Roaches can survive in just about any environment.

If you think you’ve got an infestation, don’t take matters into your own hands – you may only make matters worse. Rather, contact New Jersey’s top cockroach professionals at Amco Pest Solutions. We’ll eradicate those roaches, clean up after their mess, and restore the health and safety your family deserves.

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