Roaches are an all too common nuisance for many home and business owners throughout South Jersey. These pests can carry disease and can cause contamination in they get into your food supplies. And when you see just a few, you can bet that there a probably dozens or even hundreds more that you’re not seeing.
Common Species of Roaches
American Cockroaches are active throughout the year, but they don’t tolerate cold temperatures very well. In homes, they live in basements and sewers, the source of their access to the indoors. They are also found in crawl spaces, cracks and crevices of porches and foundations. When disturbed, American cockroaches run rapidly and may fly. They feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material.
The Oriental cockroach grows to a size of 1.25″ and has a one-year lifespan, during which the female can produce 150 offspring. Males have wings and will either run quickly or fly when disturbed; females, lacking wings, only run. Unlike others of their genus, Oriental cockroaches can not climb smooth surfaces. They remain indoors year-round, usually in cooler areas like basements and crawl-spaces.