Will Roaches Go Away in the Winter? How Do You Get Rid of Cockroaches in Mantua Township, NJ?
When you think about cockroaches you probably think about them crawling all over garbage cans and sewers. You are right, when the weather is nice, they tend to stay outdoors. But when it turns chilly, cockroaches seek shelter in houses, grocery stores, commercial buildings and even hospitals see an increase in cockroach infestations in the winter. When cockroaches move indoors, they bring all the dangerous diseases they have picked up along the way with them. Cockroaches are harmful pests and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near you, your loved ones or your home.
What Cockroaches are in New Jersey?
There are more than 3,500 species of cockroaches that have been identified. Most cannot fly but can still move very quickly across surfaces. Cockroaches are brown or black in color and vary in length. The most common cockroaches in the state of New Jersey are the American cockroach, German cockroach, Oriental cockroach, Brown-banded cockroach and Pennsylvania Wood cockroach.
Where Do Cockroaches Live & What Do Roaches Eat?
Cockroaches love to live close to humans and do so in large groups. They can stay undetected in homes for long periods of time. This can lead to an infestation that grows out of control without you even knowing. They are most active at night and will hide during the day. Walk into your kitchen at night, flick the light on and they will scatter everywhere, quickly and right back towards shelter. Cockroaches will eat just about anything they come across. They will even eat each other, dead or alive! They may bite if their food supply becomes limited. This can happen when populations increase, and they can’t get enough food.
Can You Get Sick from Roaches in Your House?
Cockroaches are harmful because of their unsanitary eating habits. Roaches will feed on dead animals and spoiled food. They will then defecate in our homes and pass on contaminants. You may even eat food that has been defecated on. They also leave dead skin cells, egg casings and pieces of shells that can all end up in your food. Nasty!! Contaminated food can result in food poisoning. Serious diseases like typhoid fever, dysentery and cholera can also be passed on through cross-contamination. Most bacteria are harmless, but some can lead to serious infections. Roaches can carry Staphylococcus aureus that can cause problems like boils but can lead to serious issues like heart and lung infections. Strep infections can also be the result of contact with cockroaches. Cockroaches can cause problems for allergy sufferers. Roach saliva, droppings and shells all carry allergens that can lead to itchy, watery and irritated eyes and sneezing. Rashes can also occur for those that are allergic to roaches. Asthma attacks are more common in homes with roach infestation. Symptoms of an asthma attack include coughing, sneezing, tightness in throat and chest and a difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening.
It cannot be stated enough. You do not want to have cockroaches in your home. They are persistent and all the cleaning in the world might not eliminate an infestation. Professional cockroach control is the only way to get rid of an infestation effectively. Ross Environmental Solutions can handle any pest infestation you may be dealing with. Give us a call today!