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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.

How to Keep German Cockroaches Out of Your Business

A German Cockroach
A German Cockroach

German cockroaches are more than just a household pest. These pernicious pests infest and scavenge any building with water and food inside — including restaurants, hotels, and even your typical office break room.

These are the half-inch long, reddish-brown cockroaches common in homes and business around New York and New Jersey. Where there is one, there are more. If you have seen a German cockroach during the day, the infestation may be extremely serious.

Here’s how businesses can prevent and control German Cockroach problems:

  • Seal food containers, clean up crumbs: these roaches will come crawling for any little bit of food. Use airtight containers and clean counters and floors at the end of the day.
  • Wipe up water: Don’t leave any drops of moisture around — you should even wipe down sinks with a paper towel.
  • Clean up and seal away other non-food items: German cockroaches will eat soap bars, toothpaste, and many other unexpected substances.
  • Plug entry points: Use steel wool, caulk, plumbing tape, and other appropriate materials around even the tiniest entry points.
  • Closing duties: Mop and dry the floors and surfaces, take out the trash, and vacuum carpet.

When German cockroaches keep coming back (or if they’re scavenging in daylight) you need commercial pest control immediately. Store-bought baits and traps may only limit the problem.

Stern Environmental provides complete elimination and ongoing service to protect your business from an unsightly and unhygienic roach problem.