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Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in Long Island homes. Below are some of the top 10 questions and answers about roaches.

1. Are Cockroaches Clean?

No! 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! They include 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.

To avoid subjecting your family to the many diseases that roaches spread, call Suburban Exterminating at (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900 to get rid of your roach problem.

2. How Long Do Cockroaches Live For?

A cockroach develops from an egg, into a nymph, and then, becomes a mature adult.  The adult cockroaches have wings and antennae. They are also ready to reproduce.

Generally, cockroaches only live for between 100 to 200 days. Believe it or not – A cockroach can live for a week without its head.

3. Where Do Cockroaches Live?

Cockroaches can live almost anywhere.  As an insect who spreads bacteria and disease, no one wants them!  In your home, they have a type of upstairs/downstairs living arrangement between species. Upstairs roaches can be found in your kitchen, baths, bedrooms, living and dining rooms. Downstairs roaches enjoy the damp, cool conditions in your basement or crawlspace.


You can find German cockroaches, brown-banded cockroach and American cockroaches here. Long Island’s most common roach – the German cockroach – enjoys a warm, dry, protected area behind cabinets or appliances. This roach is usually spotted in your kitchen or bathroom.  Upstairs rooms are generally warm with plenty of food available for cockroach survival.

The brown-banded roach likes dry spots. This roach has been found inside televisions, appliances and furniture.

The American cockroach is rarely seen in Long Island homes. If you do spot one, you might see it near your boiler.


The oriental cockroach likes it cool. Your basement, crawlspace or cellar is the perfect home for this insect.

Bugs, just like people, are known to change their preferences. These descriptions are the normal preferences for each roach species. For more information about roaches, see our webpages or contact us.

4. How Do You Kill A Cockroach?

Roaches are Not Easy to Kill. Cockroaches are among the oldest  insects.  A roach’s ability to adapt allows it to eat almost anything organic. They like to “hang out” in warm, moist areas but are not aquatic. Cockroaches are scavengers, nocturnal and hide in crevices during the day. They can spread human diseases and trigger allergies and asthma. Professional pest control companies provide the best solutions to getting rid of roach problems.  Insecticides, dusting and cockroach traps are temporary.

5. What Kind Of Cockroaches Are Found On Long Island?

Roaches are one of the most common insect found in Long Island homes. The five types of cockroaches that can be found on Long Island are the German Cockroach, American Cockroach, Brown Cockroach, Brown-Banded Cockroach and Oriental Cockroach.

    • The German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) is among the most frequently found pests in homes. They prefer dark, wet, and warm places close to food and water.
    • The American Cockroach (Periplantea americana) is one of the largest cockroaches found in the Northeast region. They prefer cooler areas. You’ll find them in basements and crawlspaces.
    • The Brown-Banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa) is often well hidden because it requires less moisture than the other roaches. They prefer drier climates and are often found in pantries and closets.
    • The Oriental Cockroach and Brown Cockroach are rarely found on Long Island- Nassau, Suffolk or the Hamptons.

6. Water Bug Or Cockroach? What’s The Difference?

If you’re from Manhattan or one of the other boroughs, you may call this bug “a water bug”.  Water Bugs sound like friendly bugs but are actually cockroaches!  Or roaches for short. Just changing the name doesn’t make the nasty stuff go away!

7. What Do Cockroaches Eat?

Cockroaches are among the oldest groups of insects because they will pretty much eat anything. Roaches find and devour any organic material – decaying or fresh – book bindings, glue, leather, beer, cheese, meat, grease, sweets, and starches.

8. How Do I Prevent Cockroaches?

Keeping a clean home is one of the best preventative measures with cockroaches. For example – do not allow dirty dishes to stay in the sink overnight, keep food covered at all times (including pet food), remove garbage daily and keep the cans outside, sealed, and clean behind stoves and cabinets.

Unfortunately, clean, neat and tidy kitchens can also have roaches. Roaches will eat anything including the paste off of labels on your canned goods.

9. Getting Rid Of Cockroaches

Trapping these pests is difficult. For every cockroach you see, there could be a hundred that you don’t.

Once cockroaches become established, they can produce 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.

To get rid of roaches on Long Island, call or text Suburban Exterminating at (516) 864-6900 or (631) 864-6900.

10. Want to Know Some Weird Cockroach Facts?

  • Cockroaches are nocturnal.
  • A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes,
  • Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour.
  • The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
  • For More Weird Facts about Cockroaches, go here

To avoid subjecting your family to the many diseases that roaches spread, call Suburban Exterminating at (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900 to get rid of your roach problem TODAY!

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