Beyond Gross: Cockroach Facts
Yuck! Cockroaches spread disease which cause food poisoning . Because cockroaches or roaches frequent garbage cans, sewers and other nasty places, germs attach to their bodies as they run around. The list of disease causing germs and bacteria is frightening including Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, Streptococcus (pneumonia), hookworm, pin worms, tapeworms, and even poliomyelitis viruses. And don’t forget that roaches also cause allergies and asthma.
Roaches are a year-round problem.
Cockroaches, like many other pests, live where food, warmth and moisture are available. Cleaning up is an important step in prevention and control. Empty pizza boxes, soda cans and dirty dishes should not be allowed to accumulate. Wipe up spilled food and put away food into containers. Unfortunately, clean, neat and tidy kitchens can also have roaches. Roaches will eat anything including the paste off labels of your canned goods.
Once cockroaches become established, they can producing several thousand offspring in a year. You need to find and treat cockroaches directly. The services of a professional company are often required to achieve long-term relief.
Types of roaches include
- American Cockroach
- Brown Cockroach
- Brown-banded Cockroach
- German Cockroach (most common on Long Island)
- Oriental Cockroach
For more information on specific roaches, see our pest identification roach page.
Getting rid of roaches is difficult. Sometimes, a homeowner can get rid of them using over-the-counter products. Often, cockroaches often need to be treated professionally. To get rid of roaches on Long Island, call Suburban Exterminating at (516) 864-6900 or (631) 864-6900.