Homeowners are generally not concerned with the type of cockroaches infesting their home.
If your home is infested with roaches, your biggest concern is very likely how soon you can eliminate cockroaches from your home. However, with years of experience, professional exterminators can identify what type of cockroach has infested your home, and come up with an effective strategy to rid your home of these pests. In this article, we will discuss the different types of cockroaches commonly found in U.S. homes and how to identify them.
These types of cockroaches are large in size and are found in most parts of the United States. Their size could be as large as two inches or longer. You will find most of them with yellow patterns on the back of their heads. They are usually reddish brown in color and can be found in damp areas of the home, such as bathrooms, basements, and sewer systems. They become mostly active during the night and when the temperature exceeds 70°F.
The best way to identify a German cockroach is to look for two identical, parallel strips on its back. Moreover, German roaches are typically smaller in size, ranging from 1/2 to 5/8 inch. The color of a German cockroach is usually brown, with shades ranging from light to slightly tan. You will usually find them under used appliances and paper products. German cockroaches are usually found indoors, and may be found outdoors as well, especially when the temperature is warm.
These types of cockroaches could be either dark brown or almost black in color. The size is usually around one inch. Like most other roaches, these roaches also prefer taking shelter in moist areas, such as basements, sewer pipes, and under kitchen sinks.
Tips to Prevent a New Jersey Cockroach Infestation
Cockroaches may carry pathogens and bacteria and infest your foods. They usually take shelter in the dirty places of your home, so they are likely to carry germs with them and transfer those germs to your foods and water. This means that cockroach infestation increases the risk of transmitting diseases in your family members. The good news is that there are things you can do to possibly prevent, or at least control, a cockroach infestation. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your food containers inside your refrigerator.
- If you want to keep your foods outside of your refrigerators, you should keep them in air tight containers.
- Empty your trash bins regularly.
- Do not leave dirty dishes or kitchen utensils in the kitchen sink for a long time. Try to wash them immediately after use.
- Clean up your kitchen regularly.
- Clean and wash the areas behind the appliances regularly.
- Check for any leaks in the bathroom or kitchen pipes, and fix any leaks immediately.
- Use a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity level inside your home.
- Do not leave food leftovers in the kitchen over night.
New Jersey Exterminators
If you can follow these tips, you will undoubtedly lower the risk of a cockroach infestation in your home. Unfortunately, however, cockroaches may still find a way into your home. If you are worried about cockroach infestation in your New Jersey home, consider calling a New Jersey roach exterminator at Titan Pest Control. We have years of experience and a proven track record of helping New Jersey and New York City residents resolve pest issues.