American Cockroach in Bergen County NJ
Description:Perhaps one of the most recognized and detested insects, the American cockroach is also one of the larger insects that can infect Bergen County homes. Averaging 5 cm in length, the reddish to dark brown insect, which has a yellow band just behind its head, is capable of flying. The immature American cockroach nymph is grey in color.
Biology: American cockroaches typically live outdoors in moist areas, such as mulched flowerbeds and piles of leaves. They will enter homes in search of food and water, so homeowners tend to find these insects in kitchen areas and around drains. Females make egg capsules, which are about 38 mm long, in which they lay about 16 eggs that hatch in five to seven weeks. As they grow, American cockroaches shed their shells until they reach maturity in about five and a half months.
Prevention: American cockroaches tend to enter homes through doors and windows where there is a space underneath them, so one way to prevent indoor infestation is to install weather stripping. Since they enter your home to look for food, it is important to clean up crumbs and spills. If you suspect your home is infested with American cockroaches, call 1st Choice Pest Management.