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Cockroaches are commonly found in New York City. In some areas, infestations are severe. Of the roughly 4,000 species in the world, only 30 live in human habitats. In New York City, residents frequently encounter five species. You won’t be able to do anything about it until you learn more about the species. Once you’ve figured out the species, you’ll know why the cockroaches have invaded your home and what you can do to remedy the problem. Specific treatments are required for eliminating certain species. Unfortunately, most consumers will have difficulty identifying the species.
It is often best to work with a professional because a professional can identify the species quickly. Then, it is only a matter of time before the problem is dealt with. Cockroaches start as eggs before quickly maturing. Nevertheless, young cockroaches are smaller than adults.
NYC’s Most Common Cockroaches
In New York City, several cockroach species invade residences. The two most common are the American cockroach and the German cockroach. These cockroaches and more will be explored in greater depth below.
German cockroaches are incredibly common in New York City. These cockroaches frequently reach 5/8s of an inch. They are light brown and have a pair of racing stripes on their head. Many cockroaches are prolific breeders and German cockroaches fit into this category. On average, a female German cockroach can produce up to 40 eggs in each case and 5 cases during her life. Once they invade New York City homes, they’ll hide under warm appliances, including refrigerators and ovens. German cockroaches develop wings but they do not fly.
Adult American cockroaches can sometimes measure two inches in length. Although they’re reddish-brown, they tend to have a dark marking on their head and a light color around them. American cockroaches are the largest common species. It can fly too. American cockroaches live a long time. In many cases, it takes them two years to mature. They’ll live a bit longer after that. Remember that these cockroaches will infest your home after a few months. However, they prefer infesting sewer systems and steam tunnels. They can commonly be found in old structures downtown too.
When you find them on your property, you can guarantee that you have a broken sewer pipe or dried plumbing trap.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are native to Pennsylvania and other eastern states. Adult male members of the species have full wings and reach an inch. As for females, they only grow up to three-quarters of an inch and their wings are much shorter. Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are rarely pests but they can enter homes from time to time. If you leave the lights on at night, they might approach them. These cockroaches are attracted to wood shingles, wood siding, woodpiles, and blocked gutters.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches are smaller than other cockroaches in our area. These cockroaches are only a third of an inch and they’re light tan. They have a few dark speckles on their body. Spotted Mediterranean cockroaches recently invaded the United States from Europe. Since then, they’ve been spreading across the United States. They can be found in many states, including New York. These cockroaches can enter residences but they usually do not reproduce inside. Again, they’re attracted to lights so they may approach your home at night.
Oriental cockroaches grow over an inch and can frequently be found in our area. They’re black or dark brown. Females and males are dramatically different because females do not develop wings. Males have wings that cover three-quarters of their bodies. They are commonly compared to American cockroaches because both infest old buildings and sewer systems. The primary difference is the fact that oriental cockroaches can tolerate colder weather. They are often found living outside around garbage and feces.
Smokey Brown Cockroaches
These cockroaches do not show up in New York City often but you still may encounter them. They sometimes travel to our area by hiding in shipping boxes. At the maximum, they grow over an inch and are reddish-brown. they’re similar to oriental and American cockroaches but there are several differences. They have full wings and are always the same color.
Surinam cockroaches are much different than other cockroaches because there are no males. Since all of them are female, they have to hold eggs until they’re ready to hatch. Once this happens, they’ll give live births. They’re only three-quarters of an inch and have a dark plate on their heads. They usually do not travel this far north because they don’t like cold weather. When they do, they can be found in greenhouses.
Brown-banded cockroaches only reach half an inch so they’re often mistaken for German cockroaches. They’re light tan or brown but do not have racing stripes. Therefore, they’re slightly different than German cockroaches. Brown-banded cockroaches are not common in our area but they can still infest structures across the country.
Reasons For Cockroach Infestations
You never know when you’re going to encounter cockroaches. In some cases, you’ll find them when you’re out and about. They may invade your residence too. Before you can find out why they’ve invaded your home, you need to find out which species it is. Once you’ve found out the species, you’ll know more about the cockroach and their motivation for entering your home. Many enter residences because they’re searching for food. Others could be looking for woodpiles or overflowing gutters.
How Dangerous Are Cockroaches?
It is pertinent to learn more about the cockroaches in your area. How dangerous are they? Ultimately, cockroaches can be incredibly dangerous. These pests create numerous dangers. As the infestation grows, they’re going to get more dangerous. Therefore, you have to find out what you’re dealing with. Work quickly to fix the problem or you’re likely going to get sick. Some people keep cockroaches as pets and others feed them to their reptiles. Cockroaches can cause asthma problems to worsen. They’ll also cause salmonella outbreaks. They often walk through feces and decaying matter.
Therefore, they can contaminate your food and make everyone sick. You have to get rid of them to prevent this from happening. Get in touch with a professional to resolve the problem before someone gets sick.
What Cockroach Strategy Does New York City Exterminators Recommend Most?
Every member of our New York City extermination team will agree that professional pest control is twice, triple, or quadruple as potent as DIY. Our professional cockroach strategies utilize an industrial-strength insecticide and high-quality adhesive trap. We believe this combinational pest control strategy delivers a more powerful punch than over-the-counter low potency insecticides.
While the lead exterminator is developing a custom cockroach management solution, the client can develop a doable cleaning schedule for the impacted property. We highly recommend a household waste disposal routine, combined with a cleaning schedule that targets all high-risk areas.
It is crucial to protect your family and pets from cockroach-borne illnesses. These illnesses are associated with contaminated food and water sources. Thoroughly wipe countertops and other food preparation surfaces with a damp cloth and powerful cleaning solution.
How Do New York City Residents Request A Professional Cockroach Consultation?
Our New York City location is open Monday through Friday and some weekends. The customer support team is fully prepared to take your cockroach consultation service request. Depending on the season – peak season or off-season – we can process your service request within 24 hours, generally no later than 72 hours.
We strive to deliver quick responses to all incoming pest control service requests. Unlike some pest species, cockroach peak season is year-round. These prolific breeders are continuously causing problems for all New York City property owners, tenants, government entities, and landlords.
Does Cockroach Pesticide Contain Environmentally Unfriendly Chemicals?
It depends on the formula. Chemical pesticides contain ingredients that may pose environmental risks. Natural and organic pesticides do not contain environmentally unfriendly ingredients. Our eco-friendly pesticides contain ingredients derived from organic and natural sources.
Our pest control product line is limited to brands with EPA approval. The Environmental Protection Agency “EPA” is a United States government entity that focuses on environmental pesticide risk exposures and prevention. With close monitoring of pesticide manufacturing and a stringent approval process, the EPA can protect American consumers and the environment from harmful exposure.
We take pesticide safety very seriously, which is why we take it to the next level. Our exterminators never implement a chemical pesticide strategy until the occupants have evacuated the impacted property. Evacuating the property prior to each pesticide treatment and between 2 and 24 hours after each treatment protects our clients from chemical exposure.
What Is The Most Potent Cockroach Prevention Strategy?
Potency plays a major role in cockroach extermination and prevention strategies. Prevention cannot begin until the impacted property is declared cockroach-free. With our professional cockroach management strategies, full extermination is possible within a month. Each professional pest control strategy begins with an initial inspection of the impacted property. During the inspection, the exterminator searches for evidence to determine if a cockroach infestation is present. The evidence is then utilized to develop a unique pest control strategy specifically for this case.
Once the home is declared cockroach-free, the exterminator will begin working with the occupants to determine the best prevention strategy. We immediately encourage the occupants of the home to get and remain involved in the prevention process. Without the home’s occupants, no prevention strategy, regardless of potency, will be effective. Contact our office so we can give you tips and suggestions for keeping these pests out.