What are Roaches?
Cockroaches are the most common insect pests infesting homes, food service establishments and other structures in the Northeast. They are large and omnivorous insects that are capable of transmitting disease, which causes food poisoning. Recently, cockroaches have been found to be the source of a highly common allergen in people, second only to house dust. There are many species of roaches but the German cockroach is by far the most common roach found in homes. Other types of roaches include the Oriental and American cockroaches that usually prefer dark, damp areas such as basements, floor drains, crawl spaces and utility closets. Cockroaches typically become established in homes after being introduced in grocery bags, with laundry, or, in some cases, wandering in from outdoors. Once cockroaches become established they are prolific breeders, capable of producing several thousand offspring in a year.
What Do I Look For?
Signs of cockroaches include:
- Visible identification of live or dead roaches, shell casings, and specks (fecal pellets and regurgitated food)
- Detection of pungent and oily odors
- Food products showing signs of pest activity
German cockroaches are much smaller and most commonly found in homes and food establishments. However, it is also common to see American or Oriental cockroaches, which are larger and may be known as “water bugs.” Because many people are allergic to cockroaches, this can be an indication of their presence in a home. Cockroaches are generally most active at night, or in an apartment when lights are off, so you may not be fully aware of a problem with roaches at first.
How Can M&M Help?
M&M offers comprehensive plans to eliminate roaches from the interior and exterior of your home. Our external control plan consists of:
- Bi-weekly Perimeter Control
- Monthly Perimeter Baiting
- Quarterly Perimeter Baiting
Our internal control plan includes:
- Initial Knockdown and Control
- Bi-Weekly Inspections and Maintenance
- Monthly Inspections and Maintenance
If you suspect that you might have roaches or are at risk for roaches, we can arrange for one of our certified specialists to inspect your premises. Our inspectors are available for on-site inspections between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. If you have samples of insects that you suspect might be roaches, you can schedule a free insect ID at our office during our regular business hours, Monday to Friday. Proper identification is critical for control.
How Can I Stay Roach Free?
Since cockroaches flourish where food and moisture are readily available, sanitation is an important step in prevention and control. Empty soft drink bottles, cardboard boxes and paper bags should not be allowed to accumulate. Food containers should be sealed and any crumbs or spillage should be cleaned up. Call 212-219-8218 to schedule and inspection or to discuss treatment options with M&M Pest Control.