During the warmest months of the summer, pests are out in full swing. One pest that is especially drawn to the warm summers that New Jersey has to offer is the cockroach. The thought of this pest in your kitchen is enough to make anybody squirm. They are notorious for being filthy pests, and with good reason. There are approximately 4,500 species of cockroaches, but the three that are most prevalent in New Jersey are the American, German, and Oriental Cockroach. All-Rite Pest Control would like to help you identify and avoid cockroach infestations in your New Jersey home.
Where Do Cockroaches Live in Houses?
Cockroaches are usually drawn to a water source. For this reason, they are commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, or basements where they are sure to find a leaking pipe or sink somewhere. They are attracted to the foods that you eat, so if you have any food that has been sitting out or a spill that hasn’t been cleaned up, watch out, cockroaches are searching for just that. Cockroaches are nocturnal pests and avoid sunlight at all costs. If you flip the light on with a cockroach in the room, it will scurry to find somewhere to hide as fast as it can.
Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
If you have a cockroach infestation, there are some unmistakable signs. These might include:
• Seeing a Cockroach- If you see a cockroach during the day, it is a sure sign of infestation. They are nocturnal pests and if they are coming out in daylight hours, it is because there are too many of them and they are looking for space.
• Smelling Cockroaches- Cockroaches emit a musty smell that is present when there are a lot of them. You will notice that the smell continues to get stronger and stronger as time goes on and the infestation gets worse.
• Seeing Egg Cases- When a cockroach lays eggs, they lay them in a casing called oothecae. It is a light brown casing that holds several eggs at a time. If you find this egg casing, you know you have a cockroach problem. They are usually found in places that are well protected and hard to reach.
• Seeing Cockroach Feces- Cockroach droppings can look like small brown specks to actual oval pellets, depending on the type of cockroach and the quantity. If you find any fecal matter, you know that they are in that area often, and you have a problem.
What Keeps Roaches Away?
The best way to avoid cockroach infestations is to limit their food and water source. If you have any pipes that are leaking, you will want to get them fixed. Keep your kitchen and other areas that you eat in, clean. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight, this is sure to attract cockroaches. Fill in any cracks or crevices that cockroaches can possibly gain entrance into your house with. You don’t want to be welcoming them into your home with cracks or tears in your window and door screens.
If you are worried you have a cockroach infestation on your hands, it can be very difficult to eliminate them on your own. All-Rite Pest Control has the training and tools necessary to eradicate any cockroaches that have made themselves cozy in your home. Call for an appointment today.