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.
No one wants bugs in their home or business, especially cockroaches that are known carriers of disease. One familiar cockroach that may be encroaching on your territory is the brown-banded cockroach.
Brown-banded cockroaches have a couple of distinguishing characteristics that can help you recognize these pesky pests.
• The cockroaches have dark brown bodies with two pronounced lighter bands running across the top of their bodies.
• The male roaches have a full set of wings that extend beyond the front of their bodies. Their wings allow them to fly wherever their flight plan takes them.
• Females do not have the luxury of aerial escapades. Their wings are undeveloped and more of a cosmetic feature.
• Both male and female brown-banded cockroaches have an approximate lifespan of 206 days.
• The brown-banded cockroach can carry an estimated 33 types of bacteria, six types of worms, and seven additional pathogens unhealthy to humans. For this characteristic alone, consult with a NYC pest control company to remove them from your property.
This species of cockroach is found throughout the U.S. They prefer warm and dry locations in higher locations such as cabinets. They also hide their egg cases in out-of-the-way places such as under sofas, chairs, nightstands, and beds.
For all of your creepy crawly pest problems, contact Stern Environmental. Our NYC pest control technicians have the expertise and techniques to prevent unwanted guests in your home.
In NYC, cockroach control is often a part of daily life. But there’s more to this need than simply reducing their creepy crawly presence. Cockroaches are bad for your health.
What health risks to cockroaches present?
Disease causing germs.
Roaches can cause gastrointestinal illness from carrying E. coli, Salmonella, six parasitic worms, and many more human pathogens.
Allergy and asthma risks.
Cockroach debris – old shells, body parts, saliva, and droppings – can trigger asthma attacks in those sensitive to cockroach antigen, proteins found in this cockroach debris.
Chemical hazards resulting from improper DIY pest management.
Professional cockroach control can minimize these risks – and more effectively reduce populations.
What’s the best way to handle NYC cockroach control?
Don’t leave food and drinks out.
Keep all surfaces clear of food and crumbs.
Immediately clean up after spills.
Store food and garbage in tightly sealed containers.
Don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight.
Control moisture levels and leaks, particularly in the kitchen and bath, where roaches like to congregate.
Keep inside and outside areas of your home clean of boxes, cardboard, and newspapers, which roaches can both eat and take up residence.
Cut down on clutter to eliminate shelter and hiding places.
Seal cracks and crevices around plumbing, electrical, gas lines, around cupboards, baseboards, and more to deny roaches access to your home.