Common Roaches in Manhattan NYC: New York is a hot spot where many tourists and residents alike enjoy the rich culture and night life it has to offer. When most think of the Big Apple, thoughts of Broadway, museums, Time Square, and of course Central Park come rushing through, but no ever thinks of the insects and particularly the cockroaches, until they have to deal with them.
Common Roaches in Manhattan NYC
Many species of roaches are found around the world, and a good handful of them in the U.S. Though little critters don’t pay close attention to manmade borders, one can still generalize the more common species found in the area.
American cockroaches, German cockroaches, Brown-banded cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches are the more frequently spotted roaches terrorizing Manhattan NYC residential homes and commercial businesses.
Control Exterminating Company expounds on the roach species found scurrying across your Manhattan NY floor.
American Cockroach Infestations – The American cockroach is also knows as a Palmetto or Water Bug. It is one of the larger roaches found wandering inside your abode, ranging from 1 ½” – 2” in length. American roaches are brown and have lighter markings on the back of the head. The American cockroach is one the fastest moving insects. They have been documented at running at three miles per hour, which is the equivalent of a human running at 210 miles per hour. Though they have wings and the ability to fly, they are clumsy and flying is a struggle. American cockroaches prefer their quick sprints to evade predators. They are scavengers and will eat nearly anything. Preferring a convenient water source, American cockroaches are usually found close by sewers, or by drains or leaky pipes.
Brown-banded Cockroach Habitats – Brown-banded roaches are one of the smaller cockroach species coming in at 5/8” long. They are light brown with 2 distinctive brownish bands running around their abdomen and wings. Adult males have full length wings, and females have shorter ones. With most cockroaches, they prefer moisture; however, brown-banded cockroaches don’t depend on it and can be found in drier places. They too will eat nearly anything, and can even be caught devouring book binding, stamps, and wallpaper and envelops.
German Cockroach Control – German cockroaches are light brown or tan color, with 2 darker brown stripes running parallel from their head and down their body. They too are smaller like the Brown-banded roach measuring between ½”-5/8” long. German cockroaches are masters at finding ways to come in. A mere 3/8” is all they need to intrude. They prefer warm and moist environments, and are usually hunkering down in kitchens and bathrooms. Like most cockroaches they will eat anything.
Oriental Cockroach Facts – Despite their name, Oriental cockroaches are actually believed to hail from North Africa and like the American cockroach, are also commonly known as water bugs. They emit an extremely pungent odor. Oriental cockroaches grow to be about 1” long and are black and shiny. Oriental cockroaches will eat anything, and can survive in freezing cold temperatures. These roaches are haunting basements and crawlspaces.
Health Problems & Diseases Caused by Cockroaches
No matter the species, cockroaches can transmit germs, bacteria and diseases and can trigger allergies. If you notice a cockroach infestation, it is important to exterminate them to keep your home safe from damage, and your health intact. Control Exterminating Company has expertly trained professionals on hand ready to eradicate roach infestations and with regular maintenance can keep them at bay. Call us today to get started!