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When Cockroaches Fly – New Jersey Cockroach Control Experts

Filed under: Cockroach Control,New Jersey Cockroach Control,NJ Cockroach Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 7:28 am December 2, 2016

When Cockroaches Fly – New Jersey Cockroach Control Experts

If you ever see a bunch of big cockroaches flying through the air don’t worry, it is not judgment day, it is actually an ability roaches have always had. I have seen plenty of roaches, but I have never encountered one that I thought was going to suddenly start flying. So obviously roaches do just fine a majority of the time without using their wings to fly, but when do they fly? When humans are not looking?

Researchers have noticed that cockroaches will only fly when the temperature of their environment becomes as high as 80 or 90 degrees. For example, the New York City heat wave of 2016 made many exterminators small fortunes since many New York City residents could not handle the reality of the flying roaches. Naturally, if you were to encounter one of the most revolting creatures in existence flying towards you, then you would likely feel inclined to call the exterminator as well.

The experts know that there is a relationship between high heat and cases of airborne roaches. Insects are able to move their muscles better the higher the temperatures, and this is likely the only reason why roaches fly during high heat days. Apparently, roaches like showing off their muscles in much the same way as humans.

Have you ever encountered a flying cockroach? Is a flying cockroach the same thing as a palmetto bug?

What Do Cockroaches Look Like?

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 3:00 pm July 26, 2016

It is important to know what cockroaches look like because they are a nuisance and can infest homes and businesses.  Cockroaches are insects that can spread diseases.  Thought of as dirty insects, and you want to be able to identify them for proper elimination.  There are about 4,600 different species, but luckily in the US there are only five major species.  Cockroaches can inhabit a variety of environmental temperatures, from cold to tropical heat.  Here are some tips to identify roaches.

cockroach controlGeneral Appearance

Cockroaches come in different sizes; from the size of a thumbnail up to about 40 mm long.  They have a small head and a broad flat body that is an oval shape.  The body is divided into three segments with the outer shell being tough to protect their organs.  The body is coated with wax to repel water and will feel oily.  Most roaches have a reddish-brown to dark brown color and the young roach is much lighter color and does not have wings.

Cockroaches may or may not have wings and not all that have wings use them to fly.  They can have two sets of wings; one set is bigger and tougher that flatten against their body for protection and a smaller set that is more delicate for flying.  Roaches have six legs, two attached to each segment of their body and the front legs shorter than the back legs.  Each leg has tiny spines they use for climbing most any surface and each foot has little claws to help them climb walls and ceilings.  The female cockroach tends to be larger than the male species and their young are similar in appearance with their lighter color.

Different Species

The five most seen species are each a little different in size and color but have the same basic features.  German roaches are tan and 13 to 16 mm long.  Brown Branded roaches are a dark-reddish brown and 10 to 13 mm long.  The American roach is reddish brown and at 40 mm is one of the longest species.  The Pennsylvania wood roach is about 20 mm and the males are tan.  Oriental roaches are dark brown to black in appearance, have a thinner body, are 30 to 40 mm long, and can grow much longer.

Roaches versus Beetles

Cockroaches vary in size and shape to a degree, and some may have an appearance close to the beetle. Beetles have smaller bodies than roaches, and their body is not flattened and much tougher than a cockroach’s.  Beetles are pests that, unlike the cockroach, eat other insects and considered human-friendly.

If you need professional NJ cockroach control, let us know and we’ll let you know your best course of action.

How to Keep Pests Away After Ridding of Them

Filed under: Ant Control,Cockroach Control,Stink Bugs — admin @ 7:00 pm May 19, 2016

Removing pests from your home may solve the immediate problem you were facing. However, if you do not take the proper precautions, the pests can re-enter and re-infest your home, putting your right back in the same situation you thought you got rid of. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent these problems from reoccurring. Here are three common pests in New Jersey and a few tips for keeping these pests away after you rid your home of them.

Ants

Food ContainerOne of the best ways to keep ants out of your home is to eliminate any food sources for them. This includes placing food in plastic bins rather than leaving it in the boxes, cleaning up crumbs, and taking out the trash every night. If ants find food in your home, they will continue to come in looking for more food. Another way to keep ants out is to find out how they are getting in and seal that off. If they are entering from small cracks in your home’s exterior, seal off the cracks. If they are finding gaps under your door, install new weatherstripping. Finding out how ants are entering and then shutting off that source helps to keep them out.

Cockroaches

PlumbingIf you have recently gotten rid of a cockroach infestation in your home, you will want to work diligently to prevent another one from happening. Just like ants, cockroaches look for food, so ensure there is no food for them to find. Additionally, cockroaches enjoy dark, damp places. Repairing plumbing leaks will help eliminate these damp places, which can help to keep these pests away. Lastly, cockroaches will die if they come into contact with diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle some of this powder in areas where cockroaches may have infested your home before, such as in the crawl space. You can also sprinkle this around door ways or windows to keep these pests from entering.

Stink Bugs

VacuumStink bugs leave behind a pungent smell. After you remove them from your home, you don’t want to have to smell this smell again. As such, you will want to vacuum regularly to keep these bugs at bay. They can hide in your carpet and quickly multiply. Regular vacuuming helps prevent this from happening. Secondly, combine a squirt of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Regularly spray any cracks or openings that these pests may enter through. The soap sticks to their skin and kills the bugs, helping to prevent an infestation. Lastly, consider placing cat nip or garlic in your garden or outdoor space. Stink bugs hate the scent and will stay away, which deters them from your home.

After you have gotten rid of pests in your home, the last thing you want is to have another infestation. Taking the correct precautions can prevent that from happening, allowing you to live a bug-free life.

If you need help with pests, call Horizon Pest Control for effective pest control in NJ.

Tips to Keep Cockroaches Out This Winter

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 10:26 pm November 10, 2015

Winter Cockroach ControlCockroaches are pesky insects that always manage to creep their way into homes. There are few things more displeasing than turning on the kitchen light one groggy morning to see a large cockroach scuttling across the countertop. Cockroaches, like all insects, need food and water to live, and maintaining a clean, dry home can help to minimize their presence. Nonetheless, somehow at least a few of these critters manage to bypass home security each year. Fortunately, there are some easy tips you can implement to avoid cockroaches in winter.

The kitchen is the area of the home most likely to attract cockroaches because they are attracted to lingering food odors and leftover crumbs. Fortunately, with a little extra effort, you can ensure you kitchen stays cockroach free.

Don’t leave dirty dishes

While we all have moments where we’d rather leave the dishes for later, this is the very behavior that invites unwanted guests into the house. Clean up all dishes as soon as possible to reduce any lingering odors in the kitchen.

Winter Cockroach ControlWipe down all counters

Even the smallest of crumbs or spills can beckon the bothersome cockroaches, so ensure you wipe down all countertops daily.

Sweep regularly

Small food particles often collect on the kitchen floor and throughout the pantry. By sweeping after every meal, you can reduce food crumbs and keep cockroaches out.

Store garbage in the garage

If possible, store garbage in the garage to reduce odors in the house. Alternatively, you can purchase a tight-lid garbage can that seals in odors.

Repair water leaks punctually

Cockroaches are attracted to wet areas, and repairing minor leaks as soon as they arise can reduce the potential for roaches.

SealedContainerStore food in sealed containers

Cockroaches will eat virtually anything, but they are particularly drawn to starchy and sweet foods. Keep all flour and sugar in sealed containers, and consider storing bread in a breadbox.

Seal all gaps and cracks

Cockroaches often hide in small cracks throughout the house. By ensuring all cracks or gaps in the flooring and walls are sealed, you can minimize the dark hiding places and create a natural cockroach deterrent.

Cockroaches are attracted to food, water, and small dark hiding places. Preventing cockroaches is as easy as eliminating these things in your home. In the event cockroaches do appear, diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled throughout cupboards to naturally repel them from the house.

For affordable, fast and effective cockroach control, trust Horizon Pest Control. Call us today and schedule your free appointment!

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Roach Pest Control

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 3:09 pm October 20, 2015

Roach Pest ControlNo one wants to deal with roaches in their home. While it is embarrassing, the fact that they carry diseases and can aggravate medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and other upper respiratory issues makes them potentially dangerous. Roaches can be very small, such as the German cockroach or they can be several inches long, such as the American cockroach. If you are dealing with roaches in your home, your main priority is to get rid of them. There are steps you can take to prevent and eliminate roaches.

Roach Pest ControlPrevention is Key

While roach pest control can help you get rid of roaches in your home, the best way to fight them is by making your home unappealing to them in the first place. Don’t leave any food out and clean counters, stove tops, floors, and tables. You also want to take your garbage out frequently. Roaches are opportunists and look for crumbs that have fallen on counters or floors – crumbs that you may ignore. Don’t leave food sitting out and don’t leave dirty plates in the dishwasher or sink overnight.

You should also try not to leave dishes in a sink full of water or leave dishes out that are filled with water. Roaches look for food and water sources and situations like a sink full of dishes “soaking” is like putting a welcome mat out for them. Sanitation is the main key to keeping roaches at bay. Make sure that you keep your home clean, especially the kitchen and bathroom.

Seal any cracks where roaches can get in. This includes under doors, around windows, and around pipes. Roaches can get through extremely tiny cracks so don’t assume that one is too small to get through, chances are, it isn’t. Also take care when bringing in boxes from storage or from someone else’s home. Roaches can hitch a ride on luggage, boxes storing decorations, and even items from your grocery store – and you can bring them right on into your home.

Horizon Pest Control: Expert Roach Exterminators

If you think you have a roach problem, Horizon Pest Control can help. Our experienced, knowledgeable technicians can treat your home to get rid of roaches and help you create a pest prevention plan to keep future infestations from occurring.

What is your biggest bug issue? Let us know in the comments below and we just might do a future post about it!

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Using Ammonia to Kill Roaches

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 2:34 pm September 22, 2015

Cockroach ControlRoaches have always been a common household pest, but they are becoming more prolific in the New Jersey area. A roach infestation can be caused by a dirty home, but this is not always the reason for a roach problem. Sometimes the cleanest homes can have roaches, as they are just looking for a place to hide and something to eat. No matter the reason for the infestation, there are several methods for eradicating roaches. One common household remedy is ammonia treatments.

How to Treat With Ammonia

If you are attempting to remove roaches with ammonia, the recommended method is to mix one part ammonia with one part water, and put the mixture into a spray bottle. When you begin treatment, this ammonia and water mixture should be used to clean all floors, counters and other hard surfaces in the home. It should also be sprayed directly onto roaches, as it kills them within minutes. While this is a good way to clean your home, it is problematic with regards to treating a roach infestation. It must be sprayed directly on every roach and every one of their eggs in order to be effective.

Problems With Ammonia Treatments

Cockroach ControlRoaches hide inside walls, floors, ductwork and other places that are nearly impossible to get into. In addition, one roach infestation can involve thousands and thousands of roaches. It would take days of around-the-clock work to hunt down all of the roaches in your home. To add to the problem, a female roach lays about 50 eggs at a time, and these eggs can hatch in as little as a month, depending upon the temperature and other conditions in your home. It is impossible to keep abreast of an infestation when you are dealing with a pest with such astronomical reproduction rates.

Call a Professional

Roaches are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of, because they hide inside walls, floors and other areas that are difficult to reach. The most effective way to rid your home of a roach problem is to call a cockroach control professional. We can help. We have many years of experience with pest control. We use methods that are not only effective, but safe for people and pets, and one treatment guards against not only roaches, but 26 additional common household pests. Call Horizon Pest Control today at 888.612.2847 to learn more. 

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Cockroaches, Know the Basics

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 5:45 am May 1, 2015

Cockroach ControlRoaches. The word alone gives most people the heebie jeebies. They are widely recognized as disgusting creatures that live off the filth of humans or in dumpsters – and OMG some of them can fly!

There are around 4,500 species of roaches in the world, but only around 60 or so actually share their habitation with humans. In New Jersey, the number of roaches that are actually household pests is down to a handful. That is enough, though, because roaches are known to carry dangerous bacteria and their presence can exacerbate health conditions like allergies and asthma.

So we are going to give you the scoop on these gnarly little creatures, how to get then out of your home and keep them out.

Cockroach Species

The most common species of roaches in homes today include the American cockroach, German cockroach, brownbanded cockroach, and oriental cockroach.

American

At 1 ½ to 2 inches in length, these are one of the larger species of roaches that infest buildings, these roaches tend to favor restaurants, bakeries, and grocery stores. They do wander into homes occasionally, but that is not their habitation of choice. Yes, they fly.

German

This is the most prevalent indoor cockroach, often referred to as a “kitchen roach.” They are small and like to hide in moist environments like bathrooms and kitchens, often near piping. They also hide in cabinets, drawers, and just about anywhere else in a house.

Brownbanded

These are small roaches similar to the German roach, but that is where the similarities end. The brownbanded tends to gravitate toward areas that are dry and warm. You will rarely see German cockroaches with brownbanded roaches.

Oriental

These roaches can get up to 1 ¼ inches in length and prefer very damp environments like sewers, basements, and crawl spaces. They are sometimes referred to as water bugs.

Why your house?

When you find a roach, or (egads!) an infestation of roaches in your home, the first thing you would probably ask is “Why my house?” It depends on the type of roach that is found in your home. Different species are attracted to different elements in a home. It just depends on what your home is offering.

The other part of the answer boils down to just two things:

  • Harborage
  • Food

They will come into your home or shelter and a place to lay eggs, or they will come seeking food and water. Often they come seeking both. If your home offers any of these things it is like putting a welcome mat out for them.

What’s more, they can come in on shipments you receive, visitors to your home, things you purchase at the store (even the grocery store), and from outside. Once they are in and start laying eggs if can lead to an infestation which can get out of control in a short time.

Sanitation and Food

There are things that you can do to make your home less appealing to roaches. Put away all food and don’t leave any food or dirty dishes sitting out, especially overnight. Clean counters, sinks, and stovetops with soapy water to remove all residue. You should also sweep the floor thoroughly to ensure that no food particles are left. Taking out the garbage regularly will also help minimize pests.

Harborage

Roaches love to hide in boxes and cracks in walls or around cabinets. Remove any bags, newspapers, or cardboard as well as other clutter, from your home. If you don’t give roaches a place to hide, they will look elsewhere for a place to live. Seal up any cracks and spaces and repair any holes in the walls, particularly around pipes.

When to call a Pro

Roaches can quickly become immune to the bug spray that you purchase at the store. In fact, those products can actually make an infestation worse. If you have tried unsuccessfully to get rid of roaches then you need to contact a pest professional. They can come in and apply product that will not only take care of current roaches that you see, but also roaches that you don’t see because they are hiding in the walls and cabinets. These pros can apply product that renders the roaches sterile, preventing them from reproducing. They can tailor their applications to fit the reproduction cycles of the roaches, thus killing off any young that may emerge later.

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10 Ways to Get Cockroaches Out of Your Home

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 1:02 pm March 13, 2015

Cockroach ControlHaving cockroaches in your home is embarrassing but they also carry disease and can exacerbate allergies and asthma. Getting them out is not always easy, but these ten ways will help you evict the little critters and keep your home roach free. They are effective for German cockroaches, American cockroaches, Asian cockroaches, and even other pests in your home. Try them individually or do combinations for a very special double whammy.

Clean up – Simply cleaning up and taking out your garbage can do wonders for reducing a roach population. Mop your floors and wipe down all counters to ensure that all traces of food have been cleaned up. Food particles on the floor, stove, and side of the garbage can are like neon signs for hungry roaches.

Block access points – If they can’t get in they can’t infest your home. Find out where the roaches are getting in and block it. The thing is, it isn’t always the crack under the door or an open window. They can also catch a ride on luggage from guests, shipped items, and even things you buy at grocery stores and thrift shops.

Lock down food – Roaches come into a home for two reasons: food and harborage. If they don’t have a food source they don’t have a reason to hang around. Lock down your food tight and never leave food out, especially overnight. This includes dirty in the sink and dishwasher.

Put out bait – Roach bait can be bought at the store and is typically contained in a case that is child and pet proof. It is also available as a gel. Roach bait is a slow acting poison so roaches snatch it up and bring it back to their nest where their buddies dine on it as well. Eventually the population is wiped out.

Borax and sugar – This is not really recommended if you have pets or children, but the borax is actually considered to be fairly safe. You can’t be too careful though with children and furbabies. If you go with it, mix 1 part water to 3 parts borax and sprinkle it in areas where you have seen roaches – typically behind the stove and fridge, in cabinets, and near access points.

Use an insecticide – You can purchase insecticide from the store, but roaches can become immune to the poison. This is a good option if you have a few roaches here and there, but for an infestation you should probably call a pest professional who can treat the population on their 28 day reproduction cycle.

Fabric softener and water – This is a home remedy that many people claim is very effective. It works much like an insecticide so it probably wouldn’t be a good option for eradicating a large population. But for a few roaches here and there it should work fine. Mix 2 parts water to 3 parts fabric softener. Put in a spray bottle and spray the roaches as you see them.

Use a roach trap – Roach traps have a strong adhesive, thus trapping roaches. The insect is lured onto the adhesive pad where it is stuck and cannot escape. If you have pets or are putting the traps in a garage or outside, get the kind that are enclosed. Mice, lizards, birds, and pets can become stuck and the adhesive is extremely strong. Getting a pet or child unstuck from a trap can be painful and even cause injury.

Vacuum them up – This is good to do in conjunction with spraying insecticide and putting out bait. If you have a large population, vacuum up the roaches then spray and put out the bait. Make sure you empty your vacuum far away from your home though – or put some insecticide in the bag or canister to kill them as you suck them up.

Call an exterminator – Sometimes an infestation is just too big to tackle on your own. If you can’t seem to get a handle on the situation don’t hesitate to call a pest professional to get it under control.

Do you need a reliable NJ pest control company? Horizon Pest Control can help you! Call 1.888.612.2847 for a free pest inspection.

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The Winter-Proof Cockroach

Filed under: Cockroach Control,Pest Control — admin @ 7:51 am January 20, 2015

Cockroach ControlA lot of people are thinking that because winter is here, homes may be spared from pests. But the truth is, different bugs are around and active during winter. A particular pest that many are curious about is the appearance of the winter proof cockroach, or the periplaneta japonica.

The Periplaneta japonica is commonly found in Asia, but unfortunately, has found its way into the United States, particularly in New York. They were first met in 2012 in a park in New York by an exterminator who knew he had found a new breed of cockroach. The cockroaches were later sent to the University of Florida to be analyzed.

While there are still insufficient studies as to how these winter-proof cockroaches can affect other cockroach species, or how well they can disturb homes and businesses, most are not looking forward to the periplaneta japonica becoming a permanent resident in the U.S. One particular reason for the low enthusiasm for this breed is because their nymphs are also able to survive in snow for long periods of time. This means that the cockroach is mostly pernicious. They can withstand the long winter cold because they use a natural antifreeze called trehalose. This natural antifreeze allows them to stay alive and have their nymphs survive as well.

The periplaneta japonica is mostly found in Japan, China, and Korea and may have found its way in the United States by hitchhiking on imported plants, soils, luggage, or garbage. Although the exterminator who found the cockroaches in the park said that they had exterminated the cockroaches as soon as they were found, it should be acknowledged that cockroaches are resilient and clever. It is possible that some of them are still out there.

If these cockroaches becomes accustomed to the snow of New York and the environment it offers, it is possible that these cockroaches will stick around. This will be a problem for New Yorkers since the city also caters to different pests and cockroach species. It is still good to note that the periplaneta japonica do not hybrid, meaning that their species can only mate with another periplaneta japonica. If they are not able to meet another cockroach of their species, then they may eventually die off without creating eggs. However, if there are sufficient numbers of them, it may be possible for them to make New York their new home.

As the species invaded Korea, China, and Japan, studies have shown their resilience to cold and extreme weather. If this species has already made its way to New York, it is possible that it can live very well outdoors during winter. They can live both indoors and outdoors and can create nymphs that are also resilient to snow. The only good site to their appearance is that they cannot create hybrid roaches. So far, their first and last appearance was in the High Line, New York, and they have not appeared since then. Most New Yorkers would not await the day for this new species to become a regular in their household.

Are you tired of dealing with cockroaches? Schedule a FREE appointment with Horizon Pest Control today! For homeowners, visit New Jersey Pest Control. For business owners, click Commercial Cockroach Control.

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4 Ways to Combat Cockroaches at Home

Filed under: Cockroach Control — Megan Howard @ 10:35 pm December 2, 2014

New Jersey Cockroach Control

Eliminating the entire cockroach colony in your home may take a lot of effort. The truth is, it is going to be difficult to totally control and get rid of cockroaches since they are in great in hiding and are great at surviving. It is common for homes to have cockroaches again, months after they have eliminated a colony. So how can we get rid of these cockroaches and combat them from populating?

Well, a simple solution is to find where these roaches are hiding and eliminate them. But, that is not everything one should do in order to combat them. Eliminating these roaches is just part of the solution, another solution is to change the way you view your home and small changes that can contribute to the control of these roaches.

Find out where they live

Cockroaches are commonly present in homes, apartments, supermarkets, restaurants, food processing plants and in any places where they can shelter in moist, dark areas. These roaches may create nests in cracks and crevices, under kitchen sinks, behind baseboards, in cabinets, under kitchen appliances, in bathrooms, behind baseboards, in pantries, and wall voids.

Eliminate nesting sites

Once you are able to find where these pests live, it is time to get rid of them. There are different ways to get rid of the nest. You can either use cockroach baits that you can find in stores, create your own homemade baits, or use insecticide spray.

The process of using baits can be very effective in killing roaches that are not seen most of the day. Baits work by allowing the cockroaches to feed on the bait, then bring back the bait with them in their homes. The cockroach who ate the bait will eventually die, and even those who did not eat the bait will also die once they come in contact with the wasted material of the dead cockroach. Baiting also takes time and may need continuous baiting to eliminate the roaches for good.

Another option is to spray these roaches with insecticide or you can even use a simple solution of soap and water to spray on these insects. The use of a spray is a very effective tool in killing most of the roaches that are visible. The spray could be used in cracks and crevices and in areas where roaches may be hiding. Once the insecticide or solution is sprayed, the roaches will come out from their hiding places and will eventually die.

Deny them of their basic needs

As you eliminate these roaches, it is important to stop them from going back to their nesting sites and continue hatching their eggs. Make sure to eliminate and get rid of any of their food sources so that their population will start to decrease. It may even be possible to get rid of the roaches permanently if you deny them of their food and shelter.

To be able to deny them of their basic needs make sure to:

  • Clean your house thoroughly, especially the kitchen.
  • Food containers should always be sealed.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes out overnight.
  • Mop the floor as often as possible to get rid crumbs and sticky spots.
  • Take out the trash regularly.

 Prevent re-infestation

Re-infestation of cockroaches is common as these roaches always find ways to hide away from danger, and come back again once the smoke clears. However, there are still some ways to combat these persistent pests:

  • Make sure to move yard debris away from the house.
  • Fill and seal any cracks found on floors, doors, window moldings, kitchen cabinets, and so on.
  • Seal all openings around pipes of the kitchen or bathrooms.

Whether you have an existing cockroach infestation or want a preventive plan, Horizon can help you. Visit New Jersey Cockroach Control for more info about our services.

 

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