Category Archives: Cockroaches

Cockroaches and Restaurants – Where There is One There Are Many!

You Won't Just See One!
You Won’t Just See One!

Restaurant owners must be vigilant to keep cockroaches from invading their building. Just one sighting of a roach by a customer can have a devastating impact on the reputation of your business. German cockroaches are enemy number one for restaurant owners. They’re adaptable, reproduce quickly, and carry bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella.

The German Cockroach

German cockroaches have an average lifespan of about 20 weeks. They mature quickly and are able to reproduce just a few weeks after hatching. Females produce about seven egg capsules in their lifetime with approximately 48 eggs in each capsule. It’s estimated that one female can be matriarch to as many as 35,000 roaches in a year. Cockroaches move around at night. If you see one scurrying about in your restaurant during the day, it likely means their hiding places are overcrowded, you have a major infestation, and it’s time to call Stern for NYC commercial pest control services.

Why Cockroaches Cluster

According to ScienceNews, the gut bacteria (Blattella germanica) in young German cockroaches has a distinct smell that attracts other roaches when it is excreted. This could be why roaches cluster and perhaps gives each roach colony its own aroma.

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Cockroaches Want to Hang with “Friends” Too!

You Won't Just See One!
You Won’t Just See One!

Most people may not give much thought to the physiological mechanisms that drive the reproductive strategies of cockroaches. That is okay. Scientists at Hokkaido University are researching it to benefit all of us. By understanding more about how cockroaches breed and live, we’re able to constantly improve our NJ commercial pest control services and utilize only the most effective methods to exterminate cockroaches and prevent future infestations.

Cockroaches breed better in groups

The Hokkaido University’s research was recently published in the Zoological Letters journal. You should first know that those prolific female cockroaches can reproduce just fine for several years without a male. Scientists discovered that asexual reproduction in cockroaches is better when females are in groups. Isolated females take longer to produce eggs. Lead scientist Hiroshi Nishino said that the group dynamic promotes asexual egg production.

Cockroaches are seldom alone. If you see one, there are likely many more that you didn’t see. Cockroaches can contaminate food and any surface they walk across with bacteria like Salmonella. They regurgitate on the food they eat and will also defecate on it. They are one of the most common causes of year-round allergy and asthma attacks.

Cockroaches put the well-being of your employees and customers at risk. You don’t want your business to have a reputation as infested with bugs. Contact Stern Environmental for a free consultation and the most effective NJ commercial pest control services.

Cockroach Control is All About Sanitation

Cockroach Control Focuses on Proper Sanitation.
Cockroach Control Focuses on Proper Sanitation.

When thinking about things that are as American as apple pie, the last thing that comes to mind is cockroaches. Unfortunately, these ancient insects have been around for over 300 million years, which makes sense that they are one of the most common bugs around.

About Cockroaches

One thing about cockroaches that makes them stand out from the crowd is their adaptability. This has earned them the distinction of being extremely successful when it comes to changes in their environment.

Worldwide, there are over 3,000 cockroach species with over 50 percent making their home in the U.S. Some of the most prevalent seen in this country include the American, Oriental, German, and brown-banded species.

When it comes to size, the American species is the largest at 1-1/2 inches long. These winged insects are reddish brown with yellow edges at the thorax.

Behavior and Longevity

To find cockroaches lurking indoors or outdoors, there are several places to look. Cockroaches like areas that are dark and warm with an element of moisture. Prime places include floor drains, around bathtubs, inside clothes hampers, sewers, and basements.

American cockroaches are sturdy with the ability to survive without food from two to three months. They do require water monthly. Some of their menu items include leather, beer, and bookbindings.

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Cockroach Egg Casings – What You Should Know

Do You Know Enough About Cockroaches and Egg Casings?
Do You Know Enough About Cockroaches and Egg Casings?

Have you ever noticed that when you have a cockroach problem, it seems to get out of hand pretty quickly? That’s because these pests can multiply at an alarmingly fast rate. It’s good to know more about their reproduction habits; especially if you’ve been dealing with them in your home. No matter what, please know that your NYC & NJ cockroach exterminators are here to help you.

What You Need to Know About Cockroach Egg Casings

Female cockroaches are capable of producing one egg capsule every week, and each contains between 14 and 16 eggs. During her lifetime, a cockroach will lay anywhere from 15 to 90 egg casings. You don’t have to be a math wizard to know that this can lead to a serious infestation.

How Long do Cockroach Egg Capsules Take to Hatch?

It takes between 29 and 58 days for nymphs to appear from egg capsules. For those inside at room temperature, they will usually hatch around the 55 day mark. This means lots of cockroaches inside your home at the same time, and on a schedule.

Please don’t ignore it if you think you may have a cockroach problem. The issue can be much bigger than you imagine. Your NYC & NJ cockroach exterminators are on the job, ready to tackle this problem for you, and we’ll stop it at the source.

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What to Know about NJ’s & NYC’s Asian Cockroaches

We Help You to Recognize the Differences in Cockroach Types.
We Help You to Recognize the Differences in Cockroach Types.

Asian cockroaches are relatively new to the U.S. They were identified in 1986 by a pest control technician in Lakeland, Florida. It was first thought the insects were German cockroaches, but further research determined the pests to be Asian.

In 1981, insects found on Okinawa Island, Japan were identified as Asian cockroaches. Through imports, the bugs made their way to the U.S., and over the years have infiltrated numerous states.

About Asian Cockroaches

Although extremely mobile, easily adaptable to various habitats, and excellent fliers, Asian cockroaches remain relatively low-key during the day. If disturbed, adult cockroaches may become active and take flight.

At sundown, the cockroaches become more active. Bright lighting and light-colored surfaces are two main attractions for the bugs.

Asian cockroaches prefer outdoor habitats where shade, mulched gardens, and landscaped areas with compost provide ideal living conditions and easy access to food sources. Asian cockroaches are also found indoors, but their preference is outdoors.

On average, a female produces 148 eggs during her lifetime, which is around 104 days.

If you’re seeing these pests around your home, it’s time to call in the professionals from the Stern Environmental Group. Our services tackle the problem and eliminate the cause quickly and effectively.

To schedule an appointment for an inspection of your home and discuss the best way to deal with a cockroach infestation, contact us today so we can make your home bug free.