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What To Know About Effective German Roach Control In Long Island

January 15, 2023 - Cockroaches

German cockroaches can be a problem for homes on Long Island. These pests can invade your house and spread disease. For this reason, you should know how to identify these insects, understand their dangers, and learn how Long Island pest control can eliminate them.

What Do German Cockroaches Look Like?

There are four different types of cockroaches you can find in New York: American cockroaches, German cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and oriental cockroaches. Knowing the differences in appearance can help you determine which one you've found.

The easiest way to identify a Long Island German cockroach is by its coloring. The color of these pests differs depending on their age and gender. Young German cockroaches, or nymphs, are dark brown or black with two dark stripes on their backs. Adults are light brown or tan with the same two dark stripes, and females are darker than males.

German cockroaches are less common in New York than American cockroaches and are harder to spot due to their size. While the American cockroach is three inches in length, the German cockroach is only half an inch in length and 3/8 of an inch in width.

You might not see the cockroaches that have invaded your Long Island home. However, there can still be signs of a cockroach infestation.

Some of the indications that German cockroaches have entered your home include:

  • Droppings: The droppings of German cockroaches appear as small, dark material, similar to pepper.
  • Fecal Staining: The fecal stains of German cockroaches are dark spots commonly found in the corners of rooms, along the tops of doors, or around small cracks in the wall.
  • Odor: German cockroaches emit a mild or musty odor when present.

While German cockroaches have wings, they very rarely fly, preferring to run. As a result, you'll likely find these indicators closer to the floor.

Why German Cockroaches Are Considered Dangerous

German cockroaches don't bite humans, but that doesn't mean they're not dangerous. These Long Island pests carry at least 33 bacteria, six parasitic worms, and many other pathogens that can cause illness. Cockroaches spread these pathogens by passing through decaying matter, like garbage or sewage, and collecting it on the spines of their legs and bodies. They then find their way onto food or surfaces.

In addition to spreading disease, German cockroaches shed their skin, known as molting, five to eight times during adulthood.

This process can cause allergy symptoms in many people, including:

  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Skin rash
  • Wheezing
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections

These symptoms usually last longer than typical seasonal allergies, indicating that a cockroach infestation might be to blame.

How And Why German Cockroaches Find Their Way Into Our Homes

German cockroaches prefer warm conditions, causing them to enter buildings. The most common rooms to find German cockroaches are the kitchen and bathrooms as they search for food and water. However, you can also find them in dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms.

At half an inch long and 3/8 of an inch wide, they enter homes through cracks in the walls or doorways. They also enter buildings by climbing into grocery bags, cardboard boxes, and beverage cartons.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches?

There are several ways to get rid of German cockroaches, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Our EM Pest Control, Inc. service professionals have the best German cockroach treatment for you. We'll rid your home or business of these pests and provide follow-up service to ensure they don't return. Call us today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Long Island.

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