Why Do I Have Cockroaches In My New Jersey Home?

December 4, 2020

If you’re spending time in your kitchen preparing a meal, very few things are more disturbing than finding a cockroach scuttling in your cupboards or around your drain. Cockroaches are one of the most dreaded pests for homeowners around New Jersey, and they are definitely not an insect you want to confront.

cockroach crawling on food in kitchen

While you most likely realize that cockroaches are disgusting and are considered unsanitary, you might not know just how dangerous they can be. They are known for carrying many different diseases including E. coli, salmonella, and gastroenteritis.

What Do Cockroaches Look Like?

There are actually around 4,500 species of cockroaches found throughout the world, but there are only four you’re likely to find in your New Jersey home. These are the American cockroach, brown-banded cockroach, German cockroach, and Oriental cockroach. They are defined as:

  • American cockroaches are the biggest of the four as they can reach up to three inches and are reddish-brown with a greasy sheen.
  • German cockroaches are tan to dark brown color with two parallel dark brown stripes that run behind their heads
  • Oriental cockroaches are a small species that is often referred to as the black beetle given its jet-black coloring.
  • Brown-banded cockroaches are a light brown species that have dark brown markings across their wings.

Why are Cockroaches Attracted To Your Home?

Cockroaches can be a problem in many kinds of dwellings including single-family homes, condos, and apartments. But, overall, there are a few key factors that make your home more likely to have a cockroach infestation: humidity, shelter, and food.

Cockroaches are always looking for easy access to food sources, and they will eat many things. They will get into all kinds of human and pet food, and they are often found in kitchens because of this. They need a damp environment to thrive, so if you have humidity issues, this could make your home perfect for cockroaches. They are attracted to areas that provide a lot of shelters. They can hide anywhere from under sinks to cabinets to even cracks in walls. So, if your kitchen or bathrooms are unclean and provide many hiding areas, cockroaches are likely to hide there.

Seven Cockroach Prevention Steps

Once they have reached the inside of your home, cockroach infestations can easily grow out of control, so taking prevention steps is the easiest way to avoid a cockroach problem. These steps focus on eliminating the factors that attract cockroaches, like: 

  1. Cleaning under appliances, sinks, and in cabinets and cupboards
  2. Regularly cleaning your kitchen and not keeping dishes in the sink
  3. Storing pets and people food in airtight containers
  4. Reducing humidity by fixing leaky plumbing
  5. Wiping up food and drink spills right away
  6. Taking the trash out often
  7. Using dehumidifiers if your home has a lot of humidity

Why Professional Assistance Is The Best Way To Handle Cockroaches

While it’s important to take preventative measures to keep your home less appealing to cockroaches, they can still be difficult to completely deter. The most effective way to prevent them is to work with the experts at Amco Pest Solutions. If you already have an infestation, removing it on your own is nearly impossible given how hardy and invasive cockroaches are. With our team of technicians, you can put a quality and comprehensive plan in place to keep your home free from cockroaches, today and in the future. To get started, give us a call today at Amco Pest Solutions to request a free inspection and estimate.

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