How did I get cockroaches?

People will many times blame a cockroach problem on poor housekeeping. While cleanliness of floors, kitchens, and other areas is useful it is even more important to eliminate food sources used by cockroaches. Long Island cockroaches can hitch a ride into a home or business, crawl through cracks and even through drains.


Why do I have cockroaches in my clean home?

Cockroaches need a moist environment to survive. Even the cleanest homes can still have small leaks. That’s why you can cockroaches often in kitchens and bathrooms.


What types of cockroaches can I find on Long Island?

Most common cockroaches on Long Island. A cockroach exterminator will look for one of the following species of cockroaches:

The American Roach: The biggest pest roach in North America, the American cockroach is a reddish-brown body. This roach prefers to live outdoors and has the ability to bite.

The German Roach: Much smaller in size than the American roach, the German cockroach is best known by cockroach control experts.  Look for their yellowish-brown bodies and the two distinct black lines running from their head to the top of their back. When a German Roach reaches adulthood a female can produce an egg every 6 weeks and spread the cockroach infestation quickly. Do not hesitate to contact a cockroach exterminator. Cockroach removal companies will generally look for these guys hiding in warm and humid places.

The Oriental Roach: This roach prefers living around moist gutters, landscaping beds, and near, or in, sewers. You are most likely to find these pests inside your trash or around your basement area.  You can spot the Oriental Cockroach by their black color.


How to keep cockroaches away? 

Although cockroaches can live in a clean environment, the cleaner the place the less likely you are to find cockroaches on Long Island. The first step is always a deep clean.

Once you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your home, the next step is exclusion.  Make sure that all cracks and crevices around your Long Island home or business are completely sealed up and the points of entry are limited.


Can cockroaches spread diseases?

Although this is very rare, cockroaches can countermine food with germs. This can spread diseases in infested areas. The germs could have been picked up in garbage or pipes.


Here are a few quick tips for cockroach control:

  • Use a caulking gun to seal cracks and openings in the exterior foundation.
  • Fix or replace any broken screens.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers.
  • Address moisture issues around your home by fixing leaks and using dehumidifiers.
  • Reduce clutter around your home and organize storage areas.


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