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Cockroaches Are A Dangerous Pest Part I Of II

If you have ever had a cockroach infestation, there is no doubt that you think that they are a filthy beast to have running around your home or business.  They scurry through cupboards, drawers, sinks, floors, under carpets, and walls with ease.

Cockroaches are more than just an annoying pest, for some folks, they can be quite dangerous too!  Everyone knows that pollen, dust, mold, and animals can trigger asthma, but they are not the only things you need look out for.  For people who suffer from asthma, cockroach infestations have proven to be particularly troublesome.  There are certain allergens (also called “roach dust”) that are found in cockroach saliva and feces that can and often do trigger asthma attacks in humans.  Although all allergy sufferers are at risk, children and the elderly are especially hit the hardest by cockroach allergens.

You can help keep cockroaches at bay by following some simple rules…

• Seal up any exterior cracks or crevices that cockroaches can squeeze into.  These buggers can squeeze into tiny spaces that are much smaller than their body size. Remember, young roaches can fit into spaces as slim as dime and adult roaches can fit into spaces a slim as a quarter!

• Never leave food or garbage out where cockroaches can feast.  Seal all plastic bags in covered trash cans with secured lids.

• Cockroaches love and need water so be sure to fix any water leaks under sinks or other places around your home or business.

• Seal any cracks inside cabinets so that if you do have an infestation, cockroaches will not be able to travel between them easily.

• Cockroaches are cleaver buggers and can gain access to and contaminate food sources. Always store food in airtight containers for full protection from cockroaches.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Cockroaches In New Jersey

Cockroaches are the most common, and one of the most feared insects, that can infest homes in New Jersey and across the United States.  There are approximately 4,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, but only a few are considered to be household pests. 

Most people find cockroaches to be repulsive housemates.  They are known to transmit diseases such as salmonella as they scurry around and in unprotected food items.  Cockroaches have also proven to be very dangerous to people who suffer from asthma or have allergies.  Children and the elderly are particularly at risk of becoming ill when there is a cockroach infestation.

The American cockroach, also known as the palmetto bug or water bug, runs quickly and will dart out of site when you enter the room.  Despite its large size, it can squeeze into very small cracks and crevices. It has over 2000 individual lenses in its eyes so it can see you coming from all angles.

The German cockroach has wings, but cannot sustain flight.  This type of cockroach is the most common type of roach found in the world.  They tend to live where humans are as we provide them with what they crave…food, water and shelter.  These roaches will emit a stinky smell when frightened.

The Oriental cockroach is also known as a water bug. They prefer dark and moist environments like sewers, drains, damp basements, crawl spaces and porches.  Not liking the cold weather, these roaches will eventually try to find a way inside.

Unlike other types of insects that die off over the winter months, cockroaches are prevalent in New Jersey homes and businesses year-round.  They can easily live up to three months without a food source and for up to a month without water.

The wasp and the centipede are the cockroach’s natural predator; but most people find having those pests hanging around the home or business quite objectionable too!  Your best bet at eliminating a cockroach infestation is to hire a licensed pest control specialist.  At Allison Pest Control, our operators have the expertise to rid your home or business of disgusting cockroaches.