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There are around 4,600 documented species of cockroaches in the world — probably not that many in Long Island, but they multiply so fast if you have them it might feel like you have all 4,600 species living in your walls. German cockroaches are the most common type and they love to live around humans. The females can even reproduce asexually if there aren’t enough males around. If you’re wondering what you can do on your own to get rid of roaches, check out this article. If this doesn’t work, it’s best to call a professional to exterminate your roach problem. Fox Pest Control is here to help rid your Long Island home of cockroaches once and for all.

Signs of a Cockroach Infestation

You might already know that you have a cockroach infestation, but here are a few of the most common signs cockroach exterminators in Long Island might see.

Cockroach Droppings

Cockroach droppings are about the size, shape, and color of a grain of black pepper. They’re usually found in the back of drawers or cabinets, behind bookshelves, under ovens or refrigerators, or other obscure, hidden places.

Molted Exoskeletons

Cockroaches shed their skin (exoskeleton) during a process called “molting.” These might look like brown or black shells, and will be found near an infested area.

A Weird Smell

Their exoskeleton (skin) has a musty odor that people can smell, especially in extreme cases of a cockroach infestation.

Live Cockroaches

Cockroaches in Long Island are sometimes found under garbage cans, under refrigerators, or other places. They can be forced to scurry away if their hiding place is discovered. However, cockroaches are extremely terrified of open spaces, so if one runs into the open, it’s a sure sign that there are many, many more lurking – and that you need to call a great cockroach exterminator like Fox Pest Control.

What You Need to Know About Cockroaches:

  • Cockroaches have an exoskeleton that looks like skin or a shell.
  • Cockroaches in Long Island can be dangerous, as they carry microbial pathogens. 
  • E coli and salmonella are just two such pathogens cockroaches have been known to spread because of the unsanitary places where they hang out. 
  • If you have a cockroach infestation, you’ll typically find them in moist, warm areas, including:
    • The bathroom
    • Inside the walls
    • Under the kitchen sink
    • In your pantry 
    • Your basement floor
    • In or around drains
  • There are thousands of species of cockroaches, but there are a few common ones that you will see in your Long Island home:
    • American Cockroach: These reddish brown pests are found throughout the United States and are often found in basements, kitchens and bathrooms. They are most active in warm weather, typically 70 degrees and higher.
    • German Cockroach: German cockroaches are light brown in appearance and have two dark stripes across their back. They prefer warm, damp places as well as places where people eat. 
    • Oriental Cockroach: These pests are larger than other roaches, and have a shiny black or dark red shell. They are mostly found in the northern United States. They will often be found near drains or other wet areas. 

Helpful Cockroach Prevention Tips: 

  • Thoroughly clean inside, under, behind and around all kitchen appliances. this will help control cockroaches.
  • Reduce moisture in and around your home. Fix leaks and get rid of standing water to help get rid of cockroaches.
  • Seal possible cockroach entry points with caulk.

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Cockroach Control FAQ

Is it possible to get rid of cockroaches for good?

It’s possible to eliminate a cockroach infestation, but there’s no telling whether they might come back. Roaches are really good at hitchhiking, hiding, and crawling into tiny cracks and crevices.

Do I have cockroaches? What are the common signs of cockroaches?

Cockroaches will leave behind a few signs you can detect. If you spot any of these signs, it’s best to contact professional pest control experts right away:

Fecal spots, which look like tiny black pepper dots that stick to any surface where they were deposited.

A musty smell, which is produced by the keratin of their exoskeletons.

Water streaks, As cockroaches grow, they leave behind smears in little water puddles or moist areas as their abdomen drags along the ground. 

Discarded exoskeletons. As a cockroach grows, it sheds its exoskeleton in a process called molting.

Egg shells. Ootheca are egg sacs that hold up to 40 eggs. After the eggs hatch, the ootheca hardens into a shell.

Live cockroaches. Cockroaches hate to be out in the open, prefering to be active at night instead. You might see them when you flip on the light or startle them.

How quickly can cockroaches reproduce?

German cockroaches can multiply extremely fast, which makes them tough to eradicate in Long Island. Females can lay 30-40 eggs at once. If she lays her eggs in the house, the infestation could be serious, extensive, and spread throughout the house within just a few months or less.

How do I know how bad my cockroach infestation is?

If you see a cockroach skitter across the kitchen, you’ve most likely got a massive infestation. Once all the best hiding places are taken, the other cockroaches might push one out and force it to run into the open, which roaches are terrified to do.

What can I do to help get rid of cockroaches?

Follow the helpful hints listed above. Cockroaches are less likely to stick around if there’s no food and few hiding places. That is why frequent, rigorous cleaning is vital. Those methods are most effective when combined with professional pest control.

How long does it take to get results from your cockroach treatments?

Even in Long Island, every situation will be different, but the first few treatments to get rid of cockroaches will not produce results right away. These initial services are designed to root cockroaches out of their hiding places, so you can expect to see an increase in activity at first. As the product takes effect over time, you’ll see fewer and fewer cockroaches. 

Which cockroach is the worst kind?

German cockroaches cannot survive without living among humans. They breed extremely quickly and are very unsanitary.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches don’t have a sting, they aren’t poisonous or venomous, and they don’t bite.

Cockroaches can spread E. coli, salmonella, and other microbial pathogens by crawling around unsanitary areas and then crawling onto your food, dishes, cutlery, counters, and other places in your house.

Are cockroaches dirty?

Yes, because cockroaches in Long Island don’t mind crawling just about anywhere. For example, a single cockroach might travel through a sewer and then find its way onto your food. In this way, they can spread microbial pathogens like E. coli and salmonella.

What do cockroaches eat?

As opportunistic omnivores, cockroaches will eat just about anything. They can raid food pantries, food storage containers, and even refrigerators.

Are all cockroaches bad? Do cockroaches benefit the environment?

As long as they don’t make their way inside or bother humans, most cockroaches are actually beneficial to the environment by helping with decomposition. Cockroaches will eat almost anything, which helps clean up the earth. 

Which types of cockroaches come inside houses?

The most common cockroach species that invade homes are German cockroaches. They have been invading human habitations since ancient times. Unfortunately, for folks in Long Island, they don’t like living anywhere except near humans, which makes them a significant pest problem. 

What kinds of cockroaches are there?

There are around 4,600 species of cockroaches in the world. Only a few are regularly found in homes, including the American cockroach, the Australian cockroach, the Oriental or Asian cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, and worst of all, the German cockroach. 

Do cockroaches lay eggs? How many eggs do they lay?

German cockroach females produce 30-40 eggs together in an egg sac called an ootheca. That means a single fertilized female could result in a pretty extensive infestation in only a couple of months -- don’t let it get that far, get rid of cockroaches now!

Can cockroaches reproduce asexually?

If there aren’t enough male cockroaches to go around, German cockroaches and other species can reproduce asexually, without a male. They can self-fertilize through a process called “parthenogenesis,” but only if there aren’t enough males. This is why it’s vital to call a cockroach exterminator as soon as they’re discovered.

How could cockroaches come back if Fox has already gotten rid of them?

Cockroaches are excellent hitchhikers and incredibly adept at squeezing through tight spaces in Long Island. If a single female survives, she could restart an infestation by herself — with or without a male around. It’s always good to take precautions to ensure they won’t come back by hiring professionals who can respond quickly to additional activity and continue to fight roaches effectively.

Can I get rid of cockroaches by myself?

Even a Long Island homeowner with the highest quality and most powerful products to kill cockroaches could have a difficult time against these critters. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, Fox Pest Control technicians have the training, equipment, and experience needed to get rid of roaches for good.

What are IGRs and how do they fight cockroaches?

“IGR” means Insect Growth Regulator. This is a chemical control method that acts like insect hormones to stop roaches from reaching adulthood and reproducing. This is a benign chemical used in some cockroach control products.

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