American, German and Oriental cockroaches are generally dark-colored, brownish or black, with antennae and six legs. While some types are relatively small, cockroaches can grow to more than two inches long, making them easy to spot.
Cockroaches come indoors in search of food and water. They’re able to make their way inside cracks, under doors and through any small openings. Sometimes, roaches are transported into homes and buildings via food products and other boxes or packages.
Dark, damp areas such as basements and crawl spaces are preferred living spaces for cockroaches. As they look for food and water, roaches may be found in kitchen drawers and cabinets, or behind appliances.
Based on their habit of frequenting dumpsters, sewers and other garbage sites, roaches are well-known transmitters of disease. In addition to contaminating food and cookware with more than 33 types of bacteria, cockroaches can trigger allergic reactions as they shed their skins. Children are particularly susceptible to these dangers.
The number of pest-related health violations in NYC restaurants has reached an alarming high. Nearly twice as many restaurants were shut down by city health officials due to unsanitary conditions in 2018 as compared to 2017. Eateries in the city were hit with 12,992 rodent and roach-related violations, a rise of 57%. The NJ pest control crew at Stern has the latest on this unappetizing story.
Who’s Coming to Dinner?
A total of 10,280 violations were linked to mice and 2,712 were linked to roaches.
Where are the Worst Violations?
Though all boroughs have seen a spike in pest-related citations, the highest incidence appears to be in Queens. Here, violations jumped 70% to 3,138 in 2018 – up from 1,841 in 2017.
Why the Rise?
Some wonder if the pest control crisis in our busy city is getting worse. Others ponder if the jump in pest-related citations is the result of more diligent inspections rather than an increase in mice and roaches in the area. To date, no cause has been identified.
Hope on the Horizon
Despite the rise in restaurant horror stories, 90% of the eateries in all five boroughs still receive A-ratings from the NYC Health Department, giving diners many safe options to grab a bite in the Big Apple.
Uninvited guests? Give rodents and roaches the boot with help from the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.
When it comes to NJ pest control for cockroaches, the use of chemical sprays raises some concerns for property owners, such as the risk of health issues. Fortunately, there’s another option for eliminating these pests. Cryonite provides a way for pest control professionals to freeze cockroaches to death.
How Cryonite Works
Cryonite involves the use of carbon dioxide in a “snow” form. Liquid carbon dioxide is stored in a tank and transformed into a frozen “mist” that reaches temperatures of roughly 108 degrees below zero. When these frozen particles make contact with insects, they kill these bugs quickly.
Even though cockroaches are able to survive in colder temperatures, they can’t handle the sudden and severe drop in temperature when Cryonite particles hit them.
Benefits of Cryonite
Cryonite provides a safe and effective way to kill cockroaches. After being sprayed, Cryonite turns into a gas form and evaporates, which doesn’t leave any residue behind. This type of pest control can be used on a wide range of surfaces where cockroaches are lurking, including furniture, pipes and outlets.
With the use of Cryonite, cockroach eggs are also destroyed, which helps protect homes and businesses from ongoing or additional cockroach infestations.
If you need NJ pest control for cockroaches or other bugs, please contact Stern Environmental Group. Our technicians use Cryonite to eliminate insect pests in your NJ home or business.
• Despite their name, German cockroaches have permeated every corner of the world. They tend to gravitate to restaurants and food-processing facilities. Light brown or tan in color, German cockroaches have wings but prefer running to flying.
• Oriental cockroaches are also known as black beetles due to their dark, glossy color. These pests are sometimes called waterbugs because they’re often found in dark, damp places such as sewers and drains, where they feed on decaying organic materials.
• American cockroaches are the largest of the more common species, both in population and size. The reddish-brown color and distinctive yellow “figure eight” marking on the American cockroach’s head makes them easy to identify.
• As the name implies, brown-banded cockroaches have bands across the wings and abdomen. Brown-banded cockroaches need warmth rather than moisture, but also seek out areas with access to food and multiple hiding places.
Turn to Stern Environmental Group for NJ Restaurant Pest Control
As a restaurant owner, one bad review can result in serious problems for your business. If you have a cockroach problem, that might be enough to send people to Facebook, Yelp or Google to tell others. But don’t worry because your NJ cockroach treatment specialist is here to help with these tips.
Tip #1: Inspect Your Restaurant Regularly
There are various places where cockroaches might be found in your business. You’ll want to inspect any possible hiding places for them, or signs of them. You might only see egg casings or droppings because they do tend to stay out of sight. You’ll want to check the following areas:
• Sink drains
• Garbage cans and the areas around them
• Kitchen equipment
• Electrical outlets
• Any cracks or crevices
Tip #2: Clean Regularly
Keeping a dirty kitchen – even for a day – is enough to make cockroaches come calling. Make sure your kitchen is clean and that your staff is diligent about keeping it that way.
Tip #3: Seal Up Potential Entry Points
It’s a good idea to use weather stripping or caulk to seal up areas where cockroaches might get into your restaurant. Also, inspect these spots regularly to make sure they’re still sealed up tight.