• DIY Roach Removal for Your Apartment

    14 June 2018
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    Effective Ways to Get Rid of Roach Problem in Your Apartment

    Besides being a nuisance seeing them traversing your house, cockroaches can spread diseases like typhoid, dysentery, and diarrhea. Therefore, you should consider getting rid of these pests as soon as you see them in your home.

    Most people don’t realize they have roaches until they randomly see them scatter when they turn the lights on in the night. This is because these bugs are good at hiding and will come out from their hideouts when they know you won’t see them, particularly when lights are off at night. 

    They’ll be busy feasting on the uncovered or spilled food in your kitchen or dining room until when you turn the lights on. That’s when you’ll see them running to particular areas in your house where they hide.

    When you don’t want to hire a professional roach exterminator, consider taking some action yourself. 

    How to Prevent the Roaches

    There are several things that you ought to do before you start to eliminate cockroaches from your house:

    #1. Check for pipe leaks

    Did you know that a cockroach can survive for several weeks without food as long as it can access water? Now you know. Water is very important to cockroaches, and one of the major things that attract the pests to your home is moisture from leaky plumbing.

    Therefore, if you want to win your fight against cockroaches, you must check if there are pipe leaks and if present, correct them first before you start to exterminate the pests. 

    Also, strive to ensure that your bathroom and kitchen are always dry from the day of the pest eradication onwards.

    #2. Examine each corner and under every furniture

    You need to establish the exact spots where cockroaches are hiding in your house. The highly possible resting grounds of cockroaches include dark, hidden and damp areas like beneath your refrigerator, sink and bathroom cabinets/shelves as well as at the corners of your closet doors. Roaches are also known to get into electronics like video games and computers. 

    clean kitchen in an apartment#3. Clean your house thoroughly

    Once you address moisture issue, the next thing you ought to do is clean your home thoroughly. While cleaning, move your furniture to clean the areas under it and wash all the dishes in your sink. 

    Mop your floors thoroughly but do it using as minimal water as possible. Dispose of all the garbage, clean up all your kitchen countertops and tables where foods and drinks might have spilled, dispose of unwanted foods and put the usable ones in sealed containers or refrigerator.

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    “Did you know that a cockroach can survive for several weeks without food as long as it can access water?”

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    Do-It-Yourself (DIY) to Kill the Roaches

    There are various options for eradicating roaches by yourself. They include:

    #1. Over-the-counter cockroach gel bait

    An over-the-counter cockroach gel bait can be a very effective way of eradicating cockroaches that have been attracted to your home by leaky pipes. Once you ensure that your plumbing doesn’t have any leak and there’s no moisture in your house, you can rest assured that the present cockroaches don’t have any access to water. 

    Therefore, the chances of them consuming the bait will attract the pests since it has some moisture. Place the bait in the area where you suspect cockroaches are concentrated and leave it there for them to eat it. 

    Cockroaches will die as a result of eating the poisoned bait or after consuming the feces of their fellows who have died because of consuming the bait.

    However, this method has one drawback in that it may take quite a long time, possibly weeks, to eliminate all cockroaches in your home. Besides, since it doesn’t affect unhatched cockroach eggs, you are likely to experience another infestation in future if the roaches had left some eggs.

    #2. Home-produced roach baits

    Instead of buying baits to get rid of roaches, you can make one by yourself. You just need to mix one-part powdered boric acid, one-part flour with one-part cocoa powder. Place the mixture in areas with high roach concentration. Cockroaches will die as a result of consuming the bait mix.

    #3. Pesticide spray

    Alternatively, you can spray the appropriate insecticide solution to areas where you think roaches are hiding or use to enter your house.

    Best Option for Cockroach Removal in NYC

    Controlling cockroaches is not always easy and sometimes, you might end up frustrated if things don’t turn out the way you would want them to be. Fortunately, at Control Exterminating, nothing is difficult as far as cockroach extermination is concerned. Just get in touch with us today for a hassle-free and swift cockroach control.***

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  • Common Roaches in NYC

    14 May 2016
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    Common Roaches in NYC:

    How to Keep These Nasty Pests Away

    When most think of the Big Apple, thoughts of Broadway, museums, Times Square, and of course Central Park come rushing through, but no ever thinks of the pests and particularly the cockroaches, until they have to deal with a roach infestation.

    Many common cockroach species are found around the world, and a good handful of them in the U.S. Though little critters don’t pay close attention to humanmade 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 residential homes and commercial businesses in NYC. When you run into these pests, you can always count on a roach exterminator from Control Exterminating Company.

    American Cockroach

    The American cockroach is also known as a Palmetto or Water Bugs in NYC. It is one of the larger roaches found wandering inside your abode, ranging from 1 ½ inch – 2 inches in length. American roaches are brown and have lighter markings on the back of the head.

    The American cockroach is one of 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.

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    American Cockroach

    American cockroaches are most likely around food and food preparation surfaces. This is the largest of the cockroaches that are found commonly measuring about two inches. They are usually a reddish brown color and they have fully developed wings. The females will lay about 10 eggs usually in a crack somewhere and leave to hatch.

    Brown-banded Cockroach

    Brown-banded roaches are one of the smaller cockroach species coming in at 5/8 inch long. They are light brown with two distinctive brownish bands running around their abdomen and wings.

    Adult males have full-length wings, and females have shorter ones than the males. 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 bookbinding, stamps, and wallpaper and envelops.

    German Cockroach

    German cockroaches are light brown or tan in color, with two darker brown stripes running parallel from their head and down their body. They too are smaller like the Brown-banded roach measuring between ½ inch to 5/8 inch long.

    German cockroaches are masters at finding ways to come in. A mere 38 inch 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.

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    German Cockroach (Photo: Janet Hurley, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, Bugwood.org)

    German cockroaches are the most common kind of cockroach that you will see around and in your residence. They generally like a nice warm place to nest and live so your home is a great option to start their family.

    German cockroaches are found most often in bathrooms or kitchens. They like to hide out in the cracks of walls and cupboards. German cockroaches can be identified by their brown coloring with a yellow band behind their head. They are not very large with the adults growing to only about half an inch. German cockroaches also reproduce very quickly with up to 50 eggs at one time.

    Oriental Cockroach

    Despite their name, Oriental cockroaches are 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.

    Oriental cockroaches are not as common of a cockroach species to come across but they are out there and can get in your home just like any other pest. They like to hide out in dark and damp places where they can stay well hidden.

    Oriental cockroaches can also live in cooler environments as well so nowhere is safe from these nasty little pests. These cockroaches are a bit larger than the German cockroach and grow to about one and a half inches long. Oriental cockroaches also have a fully developed pair of wings and are usually a very dark brown to black color.

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    “The American cockroach is one of 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.”

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    Health Problems Caused by Cockroaches

    There is a wide misconception that cockroaches are not harmful. This is not true; thus cockroaches can adversely affect your health. They can be detrimental to all types of people by putting their health in danger. No matter the species, cockroaches can transmit germs, bacteria, and diseases and can trigger allergies.

    Bites

    You may not be aware of the fact that some cockroaches actually bite. Even though they may not leave a mark, you may start to notice changes in your skin. If you notice that your skin is changing, get help, you might have been bitten and infected.

    Bacteria

    Cockroaches spread pseudomonas aeruginosa and salmonella. If you happen to become infected with any type of pathogen disease, you could become deathly ill. Whenever you have effected by cockroach infestation, don’t tread lightly.

    Act immediately to get rid of them by contacting the most reputable service provider in New York City at Control Exterminating Pest Control. We can safely eradicate the problem from you as quickly as the problem developed.

    Food Contamination

    People generally see the largest concentration of cockroaches in and around kitchens. You may also find them in your cabinets, refrigerator, and pantry.

    Their fecal matter and dead skin are what can cause your food to become contaminated. They will often eat on grains, starches, cereals, and beans.

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    “Cockroaches can adversely affect your health. They can be detrimental to all types of people by putting their health in danger.”

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    Identify Roach Infestation

    It is pretty easy to see with the naked eye the sign of an infestation of the cockroach, especially American cockroach. They usually try to escape from the light and flee to the darker areas after being seen. 

    Not only that, but they also leave behind cockroach droppings in their hideouts, which are tiny, black and blunt ended. This can, however, be confused with mouse droppings, so proper identification is crucial so as to be able to call the right exterminator. 

    If you are not sure, call a licensed professional for pest control such as Control Exterminating who are more than capable of doing the job for you.

    One of the easiest ways to check infestation is the egg that they leave behind almost everywhere they have been. These are around 8mm in length, dark brown and in the shape of capsules. 

    Kitchens and basements are where these can be found the most, but you will also come across them in your furniture. The last indication is very hard to catch, for they leave a distinct smell, which only some people manage to catch.

    The American cockroach is known to be one of the most resilient pests in the world. And, regardless of their small size, they are incredibly hard to get rid of, making it a tough job for everyday people to get rid of every trace of their existence using regular household materials.

    What You Can Do to Keep the Cockroaches Away

    Problems posed by the cockroach is not only sanitation but health as well. These cockroaches usually come from the sewers, which means they are practically a germ body waiting to infest. That’s why controlling these pests is very important to one’s health.

    Here are steps you can do to avoid roach infestation in your home:

    #1. Seal the gaps

    Some small steps that one can take to prevent roach infestation in your NYC home include having a very clean environment and getting rid of cracks and gaps in walls, furniture, sockets and other places in the house.

    Silicon-based seals can help fill in these gaps and prevent cockroaches from seeking shelter or laying eggs. Proper sanitation is also crucial to the prevention of these pests. Places in the house, especially the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements require extra care.

    #2. Vacuum regularly

    It is also wise to vacuum regularly to get rid of dust buildup, reduce moisture in any nook or corner and also suck in eggs in the process.

    #3. Use food containers

    When it comes to food, best to store them in airtight containers that do not let pests in or attract them in the first place.

    #4. Don’t use over-the-counter products

    There are plenty of products on the shelves of your local stores; however, the problem with these types of products is that they are rarely effective for an extended amount of time. They don’t address the source of the problem, and therefore the problem will still exist.

    Over-the-counter products also use harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to your health and the environment. Don’t take unnecessary chances with your health, instead, get the help you need today and stay healthy.

    #5. Call a professional cockroach control

    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!***

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