The Trick To Cockroach Prevention For Your New Jersey Home

February 14, 2020

Cockroaches are invasive, nasty, and can quickly overrun your home. German cockroaches, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches are among the most common species found in New Jersey. All cockroaches are typically oval-shaped and oily to the touch.

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However, each of these cockroaches has distinguishing characteristics. 

  • The German cockroach is the smallest of the five. They are typically light brown and have two dark stripes on the shield (which covers the head). The German cockroach is commonly found in the home. They enjoy warm, moist areas and are most likely hiding in kitchens, basements, and bathrooms.  
  • American cockroaches are light brown with a figure-eight pattern on their head. At their largest, they can reach over two inches long. They prefer the outdoors but will hide in pipes or drains in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Oriental cockroaches can be over an inch long and look like beetles or water bugs. They prefer the outdoors and will hide in storm drains or near woodpiles. 
  • Brown-banded cockroaches are tan or dark brown in color, depending on the sex. They prefer to hide in cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom.  

The Dangers Of Cockroaches In New Jersey

Cockroaches can be dangerous. Cockroaches don’t bite, but they congregate in places where there are all types of germs and bacteria that they will spread throughout your home. Some of the bacteria they carry can result in diarrhea, vomiting, and other unpleasant illnesses. 

Cockroaches don’t cause structural damage to your home like termites, but they do cause serious sanitation issues. They also reproduce quickly making a small problem quickly turn into a large infestation. Therefore, it's important to prevent cockroach problems before they get out of hand.

The Trick to Cockroach Prevention for Your New Jersey Home

Though a cockroach is difficult to control, there are some precautions you can take to prevent them from finding their way into your home.

  • Eliminate Openings – As mentioned, prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to cockroaches. There are things you can do to help with the prevention of cockroaches in your New Jersey home. Look for cracks, holes, and other openings anywhere in your home. Even the smallest space affords cockroaches with a way inside. Replace torn screens and seal any openings appropriately to take away entry points.
  • Remove Clutter – Removing clutter, damp newspapers, old clothing, and anything else that may attract cockroaches. It’s important to fix leaky pipes as well. Keeping food sealed and surfaces free of crumbs and other food sources are important. Cockroaches need warmth, food, and water to survive. If you eliminate these needs, you make your home less appealing to these disgusting creatures. 
  • Monitor Incoming Packages – Furniture and appliances from a home that has a cockroach problem, items purchased at a yard sale, and even packages of food from sources outside of your home are all ways cockroaches can sneak into your home. It’s hard to monitor everything that enters your home, but be aware of what you’re bringing into your home and where it comes from.

What to Do If You Have a Cockroach Problem In Your New Jersey Home

Your efforts to prevent a cockroach infestation might fail. There are plenty of sprays and traps you can use, but these store-bought products will likely prove useless in the long-run. Cockroaches quickly become immune to many products, and the harmful ingredients meant to destroy roaches are often hazardous to humans and pets. 
In the end, professional help is your best course of action. The pest control experts at Amco Pest Solutions will come up with a detection and prevention plan that will make your cockroach problem a thing of the past. 
Call us at 888-593-4948 and see how our pest control experts can eliminate your cockroach infestation safely, quickly, and effectively.

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