No one likes finding cockroaches around their home. They are dirty, creepy, and all-around disturbing pests. Chances are if you are here today, you feel as strongly as we do that cockroaches do not belong anywhere near your property. Lucky for you, we have some secrets that should help you keep cockroaches out of your New York home.
Common Cockroaches In Your Area
You probably don’t wonder, “What species of cockroach is that?” when confronted with one in your home, you probably just want it OUT. While being able to identify the type of cockroaches in your home might not make you feel any more comfortable with them being there, it might help you better understand what kind of threat you are up against, along with how to stop them. Here are the three most common cockroaches here in New York.
The American Cockroach: More commonly found out in nature than inside homes, the American cockroach is the largest pest roach here in America. Reddish-brown in color and outlined with a yellowish figure eight, the American cockroach can most commonly be found around sewers and drains.
The German Cockroach: By far the most common cockroach here in America, the German roach can be identified by its light brown to tan body and two dark, parallel stripes on its back, just beneath its head. When inside homes, German cockroaches tend to stick around warm and humid areas such as kitchens and laundry rooms.
The Oriental Cockroach: Also referred to as the waterbug, the Oriental cockroach is another home invader here in New York. Identifiable by their shiny dark black bodies and oval shape, these pests can most commonly be found outdoors, but are known to get into homes during inclement weather, usually to avoid high temperatures. When inside, Oriental cockroaches tend to stick near dark, humid, and cool areas such as basements, crawlspaces, and walls voids.
Problems Cockroaches Cause
It is easy to see why the cockroach, a creature that loves spending time around sewers, trash, and dead animals, would be a danger to you and your family. To date, cockroaches have been found to carry and transmit 33 different kinds of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 kinds of parasites. Combine this with their ability to trigger asthma attacks with their shed skin and you can see why so many people are looking for ways to keep cockroaches out of their homes.
Four Ways To Keep Your Home Cockroach-Free
- Deep clean regularly. Do not neglect to get under large appliances and furniture. The cleaner your home is the less likely cockroaches will be to stick around if they do get inside.
- Limit cockroaches’ access to food. This can be done by storing leftover food inside sealed containers, picking up and cleaning out pet food bowls before going to bed at night, and making sure no food is left out on counters or tables for cockroaches to snack on.
- Address moisture issues. To do this, start by fixing leaks around your home. Next, make sure your gutters are in good working order. Finally, consider installing dehumidifiers around areas of your home that are particularly humid.
- Eliminate entry points. Use a caulking gun to seal up cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and to fill in gaps around door and window frames. In addition to this, make sure that all of your exterior doors are equipped with door sweeps and that all of your screens are rip and tear-free.
The Ultimate Cockroach Protection For Your Home
If you want to take your cockroach prevention to the next level, we have your best solution here at Broadway Pest Services. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready with effective and long-lasting cockroach control methods designed to fit your needs. All you have to do is give us a call. We will take care of the rest.