NJ Cockroaches – German Cockroaches and Waterbugs

NJ Cockroaches – a cockroach by any other name is still a pest. Our commercial pest control experts share some facts about this common New Jersey insect and ways to keep them from infesting your home or business.

German Cockroaches and Waterbugs

  • Despite the name, German cockroaches are the number one species found worldwide. They are light brown to tan in color and have two distinguishing parallel dark streaks down their backs. While they have full-sized wings, running, rather than flying, is their preferred mode of transportation.
  • There are, in fact, actual waterbugs that live in freshwater ponds and streams, but they’ll never be found inside buildings. German and Oriental cockroaches have come to be referred to as “waterbugs” because they tend to congregate around sources of water. Cockroaches can survive for roughly 30 days without food, but without water they last only a week.

Characteristics of German Cockroaches

  • German cockroaches are quick to multiply. Each egg case carried by an adult female can hold 30 to 40 eggs. Left unchecked, a cockroach nest can contain several generations.
  • As omnivorous insects, German cockroaches will dine on just about anything. They’ve been known to eat human food, pet food, and even book bindings.
  • While German cockroaches don’t bite, they do pose a serious health risk. Bacteria, parasites and pathogens are transmitted through cockroach droppings, shed skin and dead bodies.

NJ Cockroach Prevention Tips

  • Keep your kitchen clean. Store food in tightly sealed containers, clean crumbs and spills promptly, and don’t let dirty dishes pile up.
  • Repair plumbing leaks immediately. to avoid a build-up of moisture.
  • Seal up small holes and cracks in walls and foundations where cockroaches can enter.

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Contact Allison Pest Control, your local exterminator to learn more about our integrated pest management systems to get rid of NJ cockroaches, German cockroaches, or waterbugs.


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