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Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach

Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach
Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach

When you see a 1/2-inch to a 5/8-inch medium brown bug with two distinctive dark strips running down the back of its head, most likely you are looking at a German cockroach.

Cockroach Facts

You aren’t alone in your sightings as this bug is the most common of the cockroach species found in hotels, restaurants, apartments, houses, and similar buildings.

Several factors contribute to its continued success as a household pest:

– To start with, the female carries a larger number of eggs, which can range from 30-50 per egg capsule.

Cockroaches also have the shortest time span to develop from the moment they hatch until they become sexually active. This means that there is a faster turn around and a higher potential for population growth.

– Because female cockroaches carry the capsule throughout the development of the embryos, the baby cockroaches are not subjected to many of the hazards that other types of nymphs face that are not kept in egg capsules for the duration of their development.

– Baby German cockroaches are small compared to other cockroach species, which allows them better opportunities to hide and survive.

These factors contribute to a fast reproductive cycle adding to the cockroaches already established worldwide population.

Managing a cockroach infestation needs an experienced NJ cockroach exterminator. Contact us at Stern Environment and we’ll schedule a NJ cockroach exterminator for an inspection and to rid your home of unwanted guests.

New ‘Winter Roach’ Invades NYC

New York City rolls out the welcome mat for millions of visitors each year, but city health officials wish they could send one visitor packing. A cockroach species that thrives in cold weather has been found in the Big Apple’s unique High Line Park. Native to the cold northern regions of Asia, Periplaneta Japonica most likely arrived hidden in the soil of imported landscape plants used to turn the old elevated train tracks on the lower west side into a green space.

First seen in 2012 by an exterminator treating the exterior of a building on the High Line, the roach species is new to the U.S. Rutgers University biologists used DNA tests to identify the species, making the High Line discovery the first confirmed sighting of Periplaneta Japonica in the U.S.

Unlike America’s native cockroach population which can only survive winter by moving indoors, this Asian immigrant (and its eggs and offspring) can survive outdoors even when the temperature plunges below freezing. Unlike U.S. roaches, Periplaneta Japonica has the ability to walk on ice and snow, a talent that should not only increase cockroach activity in the city during the winter but also allow this species to spread to new sites in New Jersey and beyond more easily.

Fortunately, Stern Environmental commercial cockroach extermination services are just as effective on this new immigrant as they are on U.S. roaches.

There’s No Such Thing as One Coackroach

If you should spot a cockroach scurrying across the floor of your establishment,  don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s an isolated incident. Thanks to their quick rate of reproduction, it’s certain that by the time you see the first, there are many more not far behind.

These nocturnal insects love to hunker down out of sight in dark, moist areas, avoiding light and people. Seeing one during the day is a good indication that it’s been forced out of its hiding spot due to overcrowding.

Cockroaches thrive on food scraps and other waste materials, making them prime carriers of germs and disease. The problem is compounded by their habit of leaving fecal matter behind as a sort of trail marker, which creates damage from stains and odor and attracts even more cockroaches.

Their name has become a shorthand term for any stubborn, hard-to-eliminate pest. They’re small and quick enough to elude any physical attempts to get rid of them. Any nook and cranny regardless of size is big enough to house them. They’ve also become resistant to many pesticides, making do-it-yourself treatments ineffectual.

The trained technicians of Stern Environmental Group are experienced at safely removing all traces of cockroaches. If your New York City or New Jersey commercial property is showing signs of infestation, contact us for information on prompt treatment.

Cockroaches Learning to Avoid Standard Sweet Bait Traps

Residents of Earth for more than 350 million years, cockroaches are one of the planet’s most adaptable insect species. That ability to adapt is creating new problems for New York City and New Jersey business owners. A change in the way cockroaches “taste” is causing them to shun the sweet, glucose-laced, poison bait traps that are one of the pest control industry’s standards for roach control.

Since the phenomenon was first documented by scientists in the 1950s, cockroaches have periodically evolved to avoid the pesticides used to kill them. Survival evolution is not unique to cockroaches. For example, some bed bug populations in New York City and other large metro areas have developed a resistance to the pyrethrin pesticides that are the pest control industry’s standard for bed bug extermination. When insect pests develop a tolerance for the chemicals used to control them, new methods of extermination must be developed.

Non-chemical pest control solutions such as Cryonite, which uses liquid carbon dioxide to instantly freeze and kill insects, have proven extremely effective in exterminating pesticide-resistance cockroaches and bed bugs. And because Cryonite uses no chemical insecticides to which insects could eventually develop resistance, it will remain an effective and reliable commercial pest control solution for cockroaches, bed bugs and other noxious insect pests that are difficult to kill.

Twitter’s Been Hacked!

Stern Environmental Group would like to take this opportunity to apologize to our faithful customers and readers.  We were recently notified by some of our customers that they had received some very strange email messages which initially looked like they were coming from our company.  Once investigated, we realized that our Stern Twitter account had been hacked by some unscrupulous people on November 4th and November 9th!  Hacking into someone’s online business sources is completely shameful and unethical!

We would like all of our customers and readers to know that Stern never participates in spaming or phishing schemes.  We will never contact you to ask you for any password or credit card information either. Stern strives to provide our readers with the most updated information about bed bugs, bed bug products, bed bug services, and other important pest and urban wildlife information.  Through our extensive research and experience, we are able to bring you interesting and sometimes even funny stories that are directly linked to the industry that we are so passionate about.

If you ever receive any communication from Stern Environmental Group that seems to be out of the ordinary or meets any of the above criteria; we ask that you please contact us immediately so that we can take measures to stop this deceitful practice of others.

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