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Cockroach Control

Cockroaches have long been a feared and loathed pest. While there are many types of cockroaches, today we will be discussing one of the more common, but not originally native to North America – the American Cockroach. Let’s examine how to identify, prevent, and control these cockroaches.

Identification

American cockroaches are reddish brown in color and have a yellow band behind their head. They are, on average, between 1.4” to 1.6” in length, but they can grow to exceed 2”. Males and females have wings and can fly short distances. They are oval in shape and have antennae and 6 legs. Look for a fast moving insect that leaves behind droppings that look similar to mouse droppings. In addition, look for egg capsules and be aware of a smell that many describe as musty.

Prevention and Control

Many homeowners find that cockroaches are difficult to eradicate. They have the ability to hide and avoid traps. Even when homeowners set up barrier exclusions, they still seem to be pervasive after treatment. One step that can help is keeping a sanitary environment where you have spotted the cockroaches or the signs of cockroaches. Sweep and wipe down the area thoroughly. We also suggest vacuuming and mopping often, as well as keeping crumbs and drips from surfaces.

A professional pest control company like Pest-End can recommend a treatment plan that is right for your home. Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected and treated.

 

What is Attracting Cockroaches to your Home?

Cockroaches are pretty darn ugly pests and can cause fear and panic in homeowners when they realize they have a cockroach infestation. Beyond the creepy feeling of seeing one of these pests crawl across the floor in your home, there are other worries such as the spread of disease or possibly the allergic reaction that many people experience when in the presence of a cockroach. Unfortunately, once cockroaches have made themselves “at home”, in your home, they tend to be fairly resistant to getting out. Therefore, making your home less attractive to them is of paramount importance. Let’s take a look at what is attracting cockroaches to your home in the first place.

 

Knowing what is attracting cockroaches to your home is the first part of the battle to avoiding a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches tend to be attracted to certain conditions.

 

  • Food – The biggest attraction for these pests is food! This means any food including: human food, pet food, discarded food, grease droppings from an outdoor grill, and crumbs just laying around your home especially in the kitchen. Ensure that your food items are tightly sealed and in containers that are not easily chewed through. Also keep your kitchen and grill especially clean. Wipe down counters, sweep corners and crevices, vacuum often, and scrub the grill after each use.

 

  • Water Sources – Cockroaches need water to survive so be sure that drips in kitchens and bathrooms are kept to a minimum and that pet dishes are not left out. Keep an eye out for leaky pipes as well.

 

  • Clutter – Cockroaches tend to like to hide in dark, damp, wet, or cluttered places. This means that garages, basements, and sheds are an excellent place for cockroaches to hang out. Keep these areas clean and organized so that cockroaches don’t find a safe place to hide.

 

If you have cockroaches in your home or business and need help excluding and exterminating, call Pest-End at Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321.

Bathroom Bugs

There really is nothing more unsettling than seeing a bug while you are in a vulnerable position like in the shower or using the toilet. It is enough to make you scream for assistance. Bathrooms, like attics, kitchens, and basements, are well-known activity centers for pests. These rooms, due to their moisture content attract a certain kind of pest that loves the areas around the sink, tub and toilet. Common bathroom bugs include:

  • Silverfish – These silvery bugs with three antennae feed on the mold and fungi commonly found in bathrooms, especially round drains and in the crevices where it is hard to clean out the moisture. They also tend to eat items with carbohydrates such as books, paper and wallpaper, so left unchecked they could cause some minor damage. Other than that damage, Silverfish are not usually dangerous unless you have an allergic reaction to them.
  • Cockroaches – The infamous cockroach loves the bathroom for the water and moisture. Unfortunately, left to reproduce, these pests can become a headache. Have any leaks in the plumbing taken care of and have a professional pest inspector take a look behind your walls and in crawl spaces around your bathrooms if you suspect an infestation.
  • Drain Flies – Since the larvae of drain flies feed off the gunk in your drains they tend to be found near and around bathrooms and kitchen sinks. To avoid these pests remove drain build up and keep leaks to a minimum.
  • House Centipedes – You may immediately think that this bug has a hundred legs and will be attacking you in the bath or while on the toilet. This is a myth because these bugs usually only have 15-190 legs and are not there to attack you but rather as a predator after other water bugs or bathroom bugs.

If you have pests in your bathroom that your would like to evict call Pest-End Exterminators Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321.

Garage Pests

For homeowners, garages are often convenient spaces to store excess “stuff” such as holiday decorations, bikes, lawn equipment, bins of old clothing and, of course, trash. For pests however, garages are a cornucopia of treasures such as: discarded food in the garbage barrels, a warm place to nest in the bins of old clothes and, of course, garages provide shelter from the elements. What critters do you have in your garage? Here are some of the most common garage pests to be aware of and how you can protect your “stuff” from unwanted visitors.

Common Garage Pests –

  • Raccoons
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Skunks
  • Ants
  • Termites

In order to avoid this line up of critters from making their home in your garage, here are a few tips on how to protect the area.

  • Keep your door down when you are not in the need of using the interior of the garage. This may mean maintaining the mechanisms or just remembering to shut the door each time. Keeping the pests out is the first step in making sure they do not take up residence in your garage.
  • Clean up the clutter. The less clutter there is for pests to find a home inside of, the better. Clutter is attractive to many pests because of the the hiding places it can offer, so do your best to keep clutter in your garage to a minimum.
  • Reduce the attraction. Keep lights off and garbage barrels covered. These two things can be like a beacon to pests such as wild animals and bugs to enter the area. The smells from your trash and the light from the garage may cause some pests just to check out what is in there.
  • Have a pest management team inspect your garage. If you suspect that some critter is living or at least visiting your garage regularly, call Pest-End at Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321 for an inspection and a solution to your garage pest problem.

Which Pests are Most Active in Winter?

Many customers wonder what we do with our time now that winter is really setting in? Do we fly off to a tropical paradise, study about pests in our spare time, or watch movies like The Fly and other bug-related movies. Well, no. Just because the temperatures have dropped does not mean that pests have all disappeared. The truth is that there are still pests that are either wintering in your home (with or without your knowledge) or possibly looking to gain entry to your home to avoid the cold temperatures of a typical New England winter. Here are a few of the most common pests that keep us busy all winter long.

 

  • Rodents – Mice and rats are always looking for a free meal and a warm place to settle in for the winter. This may be in your garage, attic, crawl space, or even in your woodpile. It is usually apparent that they have infested your home when you see droppings, grease marks, or gnawings. Call a professional exterminator, like Pest-End Exterminators as soon as possible as these creature reproduce and can grow quickly in numbers.

 

  • Cockroaches – These scary looking creatures will enjoy spending the winter in your home, hiding in the cardboard boxes of your garage or in the crevices of your appliances in your kitchen. If you see one, chances are that there are more where that came from.

 

  • Bed bugs – Due to the large amount of business travelers today, bed bugs can be transferred from a hotel, airport, or just about anywhere public back to your home. They live in the mattress and upholstered furniture of your home and sometimes spread out into the walls and under carpets. If you suspect a bed bug in your mattress either by noticing eggs, blood spots, or actually seeing a bed bug, call Pest-End immediately for our comprehensive bed bug treatment program.

 

Do you have pests in your home this winter? Find out by scheduling an inspection by our experts at Pest-End Exterminators. Call Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321.

Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

Cockroaches are among the most common pests found in many homes and other buildings. But other than the fact that they creep people out and that they are unwanted visitors very few people know much about these critters that have been around for eons. Let’s take a closer look at cockroaches and some fascinating facts that may be new to you.

  • Cockroaches are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era. That means that cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs!
  • There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, including the most common species, the German cockroach. In addition to other common species, the brownbanded cockroach and American cockroach.
  • Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins.
  • A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head!
  • Cockroaches make allergies worse! They produce proteins that some people can be sensitive to, particularly those with asthma. The trails of fecal matter and decaying molted exoskeletons that roaches leave behind also contribute to the allergens they produce.
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
  • Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour which means they can spread germs and bacteria throughout a home very quickly.
  • American cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dark, wet areas, like sewers and basements. They often enter structures through drains and pipes.
  • Roaches eat everything from plant matter to people food, dead skin cells, garbage and even feces.

 

Common Winter Pests

Think that just because the weather has turned cold and the snow has arrived that pests are no longer a problem? Unfortunately, this is not true. It is true that summer is the prime pests season but winter has its share of pests to be aware of. Some pests do go into a form of hibernation but others enter homes seeking warmth and food sources. The National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to be aware of and take precautions against common winter pests like mice, rats, raccoons, cockroaches and spiders.

Mice and Rats – Out of all the pests, mice and rats are one of the most common in the winter months and most hated. They can cause a number of problems. Not only are they unhygienic and carry diseases, but they can also cause a lot of damage chewing on wood or wires. Wood or field mice are common in the colder months and they will easily find their way inside the house. Rats on the other hand are more likely to live in outbuildings or your garden. Since mice can fit through an opening as small as a dime, and rats in a hole the size of a quarter, be sure to seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home with caulk and steel wool.

Raccoons – Raccoons are commonly found in the wooded eastern portions of the country. You may notice that they find their way into your garbage cans and compost piles at night and can make a huge mess. They also occasionally enter homes through attics or chimneys in search of a denning site. Raccoons are a major host of rabies in the United States so keeping them away from your property should be a top priority.

The German Cockroach is the most common species of cockroach found throughout the world. German cockroaches prefer to live in small areas close to food and moisture. This type of cockroach often hitchhikes indoors via grocery bags, boxes and secondhand appliances, and is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. Cleanliness in the kitchen and bathrooms will help prevent a cockroach invasion.

Spiders – While spiders are generally beneficial creatures they can become a nuisance once inside your home. Spiders are difficult to control in that they can squeeze through tiny cracks and tend to enter homes in large numbers during the winters.

If you find that your home has become a haven for any of these common winter pests call Pest-End Exterminators for an evaluation and treatment options.

The Interesting World of Bugs

Almost everywhere on the planet there are bugs. These critters are wildly diverse in color, size and behavior. While most homeowners call us to eliminate the pests from their property, we can’t help but marvel in their interesting features and characteristics. Every once and a while it is fun to take a closer look at pests and their interesting world.

 

Did you know. . . ?

  • A cockroach can live for up to 3 weeks without its head!
  • The weight of all the termites in the world outweigh the weight of all humans 10 to 1!
  • The queen of a certain termite species can lay 40,000 eggs per day.
  • The life cycle of a mosquito features four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
  • Female mosquitoes drink blood in order to obtain nutrients needed to produce eggs.
  • A mosquito flaps its wings 500 times a second.
  • Male mosquitoes do not bite humans but rather live on plant juices and other natural liquids from plants and decomposing organic material.
  • The average housefly lives for one month.
  • Out of every 1,000 Mosquitoes, one female carries a disease that could be fatal to humans.
  • Houseflies find sugar with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive than human tongues.
  • To survive the cold of winter months, many insects replace their body water with a chemical called glycerol, which acts as an “antifreeze” against the temperatures.
  • Ants leave trails and communicate with each other using pheromones as chemical signals.
  • There are nearly as many species of ants (8,800) as there are species of birds (9,000) in the world.
  • Although insects can be found by the buckets just about anywhere on Earth, there’s one continent where they barely have a foothold: Antarctica. In fact, only one true species of insect, a wingless midge called Belgica antarctica, calls the southernmost continent home.

 

Cockroaches

When asked to conjure an image of a place where cockroaches live, one probably imagines a dirty, unkempt home or abandoned building. While this may be an inviting place for cockroaches, your home is just as inviting to the common cockroach. Cockroaches come as a wide variety of approximately 4,000 species. Your home is just as inviting as an abandoned warehouse and even better yet is the fact that your home is an all-you-can-eat-buffet to the cockroach. But these pests have more dangers than just the creep factor or the embarrassment factor. Cockroaches can be bad for your health. Let’s examine how cockroaches can be harmful to your health.

  1. Contaminating Food – Cockroaches can virtually live by eating anything. They eat the food we eat, dead plants, dead animals, faecal matter, glue, soap, paper, leather and even strands of fallen hair. While crawling around at nights, they contaminate open food by defecating on it, leaving behind hair and dead skin and depositing empty egg shells in it. This can mean contaminated food in your kitchen.
  2. Inoculation of disease-causing bacteriaHealth Site reports that, while feeding, cockroaches regurgitate their own saliva and digestive fluids from their mouth to inoculate your food with germs or bacteria residing in their gut. A study found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa can multiply extensively in the gut of cockroaches. It can cause several diseases like urinary tract infections, digestive problems and sepsis.
  3. Allergies and Asthma Cockroaches can cause allergies. Their saliva secretion and body parts contain hundreds of allergens that can trigger an undesirable reaction. You may suffer from skin rashes, sneezing and watery eyes.In addition to allergens, cockroaches can be the worst enemies of asthmatic people. The incidence of asthma attack may increase if your house is infested with cockroaches.
  4. Food poisoningThe insect is also a home for the bacterium Salmonella which can cause typhoid and food poisoning. Cockroaches that have not been eliminated from kitchens or restaurants may inadvertently cause a break out of food poisoning.
  5. Odor-ific – Cockroaches can cause a foul odor in your home or business.

If you notice even one cockroach in your home or business take action immediately. Call Pest-End for fast and reliable service.

German Cockroaches

The word cockroach conjures up images of creepy, crawly, insects that invade by the hundreds and stand out as a most feared household pest. German cockroaches are one of the most common roaches found in apartment houses, restaurants, and hotels. German cockroaches (eggs included), are “brought in”, usually on human belongings such as  luggage, boxes or packages. All it really takes is one egg capsule and six months later you have a cockroach issue.

Identifying a Cockroach Issue

In most cases homeowners will know they have an issue when they start seeing German Cockroaches throughout the house or adjoining structures. Additionally, excrement that looks similar to spots of black pepper will start appearing in corners and crevices. If this seems like small stuff, consider that the different forms of gastroenteritis (food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, and other illnesses) appear to be the principal diseases transmitted by German cockroaches. If that is not enough to turn your stomach, German cockroaches produce odorous secretions that can affect the flavor of various foods.

Look for German Cockroaches in hidden places such as:

  • Cracks and Crevices
  • Behind and under refrigerators
  • Behind and under stoves
  • Behind and under microwaves and toasters
  • Under tops of tables
  • Behind and under sinks
  • Cabinets-corners and cracks and crevices
  • And the list of hiding places goes on and on. . .

 

If you are unsure what type of pest may have entered your home, then call Pest-End for a thorough inspection and evaluation of your home. In the meantime, keep your home clean and sanitary so to not encourage cockroaches to take up a home in your home. German roaches only need a small amount of food to sustain them.

  • Remove indoor trash or keep them emptied.
  • Keep trash dumpsters clean.
  • Make sure food is not left in sink strainers and frequently run the garbage disposal.
  • Keep dishes clean, no residue of food remaining.
  • All kitchen appliances should be maintained in clean conditions so that it is food free and grease free.
  • All pet food needs to be picked up.
  • No food left out.
  • Sweeping or vacuuming of any food particles or crumbs.
  • Clean any crumbs or food particles in your kitchen cabinets.