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Female Cockroaches Are Very Picky When Selecting Mates

What's Worse than One Cockroach? A Whole Colony of Them. Don't Let them Breed!
What’s Worse than One Cockroach? A Whole Colony of Them. Don’t Let them Breed!

There’s nothing wrong with being selective when choosing one’s mate and that includes the fairer sex in some insect species such as the cockroach.

Cockroach Courtship

A study at Anglia Ruskin University by Dr. Sophie Mowles covers the intricacies of the courtship ritual of the Cuban burrowing cockroach.

One prominent feature the female looks for is high-levels of energy displayed by the male. This is accomplished by the male in a “raising of the wing” ceremony by repeatedly raising his wing to a vertical position then lowering it. He’ll do this over and over, hence, he is showing his stamina and energy level which the female cockroach finds attractive.

The female’s only interest in the mating ritual is finding the male who is in the best physical condition. While the repeated raising and lowering of the wings tires the male and drains his energy, it’s a gauge used by the female when choosing the father of her babies.

The female wants the best genes for her offspring. By doing so, she ensures her babies are physically fit, have the ability and agility to evade predators, be victorious when confronting rivals, and males are attractive to females to carry on the family line.

If you have a problem with these pests, you need an NJ cockroach exterminator. Contact us at Stern where we have cockroach exterminator specialists who will rid your property of these unwanted guests.

Will We See Flying Cockroaches Again this Summer Due to the Heat?

Will We See Flying Cockroaches Again?
Will We See Flying Cockroaches Again?

The summer heat gets many New Yorkers out and about in the streets and parks. Unfortunately, it also makes cockroaches start buzzing around in the air.

In the sweltering dog days of 2016, we heard numerous reports of flying cockroaches throughout the city. Roaches skittering across the floor or walking on the ceiling is bad enough. Is there anything grosser than a cockroach flying toward you?

Entomologists and NYC cockroach exterminators have weighed in on why they think cockroaches fly during hot weather, but the exact reasons are unknown. What is known is that roaches fly more in heat and humidity. Of note, people in the hot and humid southern states are far more accustomed to roaches spreading their wings.

What to Do if You’re Seeing More Cockroaches

Cockroaches on the move? By air, land, or sea, they’re looking for food and nesting grounds. They fly during the summer because they apparently feel more comfortable doing so than in cold weather.

You shouldn’t be afraid to turn the lights on at night or worried about roaches crawling on your kitchen counter at night. And you certainly shouldn’t have to live in fear of flying cockroaches. Our NYC cockroach exterminators can take care of a recurring pest problem.

Stern Environmental helps businesses and property managers take care of disgusting insect problems with safe, effective solutions. Contact us to schedule a visit by our NYC cockroach exterminators.

Cockroach Facts: Indestructible, Numerous, and Disease Carrying

Sometimes You Need More Than Sprays to Kill Cockroaches
Sometimes You Need More Than Sprays to Kill Cockroaches

When it comes to NJ & NYC pest control, cockroaches are among the most bothersome of all intruders. These bugs can be lurking in your home without you even knowing it. Because of this, it’s important to educate yourself on them. The more you know about cockroaches, the easier it will be to identify when you have a problem.

Interesting Cockroach Facts

Cockroaches are the enemy, and in battle, you need to know your enemy. Were you aware that:

• Cockroaches can live for as long as one week without their heads?

• Some female cockroaches stay pregnant for life?

• A cockroach can go two weeks without water?

• A cockroach can go 30 days without food?

• Cockroaches are capable of running up to 3 miles per hour?

It’s no wonder these pests are difficult to spot. They’re even harder to kill.

Eliminating Cockroaches from Your Home or Business

If you see a cockroach in your home or business, you can be confident that there’s more where that one came from. Still, there’s no reason for you to panic.

It’s best to avoid pesticides that you purchase at the store. These are most likely just going to make the problem worse. Instead, contact Stern Environmental, your NJ & NYC pest control specialists.

We understand that you want to rid your property of these pests and we’re dedicated to giving you the very best in pest control services. Contact us today!

What NYC and NJ Need to Know About the Oriental Cockroach

What NYC and NJ Need to Know About the Oriental Cockroach
What NYC and NJ Need to Know About the Oriental Cockroach

There are approximately 3,500 different species of cockroaches worldwide. Of these, about 55 are currently found in the United States. New York and New Jersey residents typically have to contend with German and American cockroaches. Another, Oriental cockroaches (Blatta Orientalis Linnaeus), are a problem and tougher to eliminate. They move slower than other species of cockroaches because they can’t fly. However, they’re highly resilient and very elusive. To identify and properly treat them, you need a thorough inspection by professional NJ & NYC exterminators.

The life of Oriental cockroaches

These roaches are often referred to as water bugs because they prefer dark, damp areas like crawl spaces and basements. During the warmer months, they’re most often found outside. During periods of drought, they move indoors in search of humidity. They will travel through sewer lines and carry the filth with them everywhere they go. Adult Oriental cockroaches reach about one inch in length and can live up to one and a half years. The males have wings but are apparently unable to fly. Females have small wing pads and wider, heavier bodies. Females will usually produce about 200 offspring during their life.

Oriental cockroaches are known to transmit forms of gastroenteritis-like food poisoning, diarrhea, dysentery, and other diseases. The NJ & NYC exterminators at Stern Environmental have the knowledge and equipment to protect your home or business. Call us for a thorough professional inspection and treatment plan.

Cockroach 101 for NJ Business Owners

Cockroach 101
Cockroach 101

Practically every homeowner has entered their kitchen, flipped on the light and been startled by a creepy cockroach standing in the middle of the floor, or even worse, on the counter. But these highly resilient pests often go about their nightly routine unnoticed in businesses that close in the evening. The following are a few basic cockroach facts every business owner should know.

There are more than 4,000 different species of cockroaches in the world. Seventy of these species are found in the United States. Of these, there are four that cause the most trouble for homeowners and businesses: The German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, American Cockroach, and Brown Banded Cockroach.

Since cockroaches are so common, some business owners overlook the need to call NJ pest control. Cockroaches need food, water, and warmth to survive. They will eat practically anything, including dead cockroaches. Although they’re known to favor sweets, cockroaches eat cardboard, human feces, toenails, and, of course, any type of food that humans also consume.

In addition to defecating indiscriminately, cockroaches regurgitate digestive juices as they eat. If they are present in a food prep area, they are certainly contaminating prep surfaces and utensils.

Cockroaches are known to carry more than 30 species of bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.

Protect your customers and your business by contacting the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental Group for pest monitoring, infestation prevention, and extermination.