Cockroach Control Services in NJ, NYC & Eastern PA

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Cockroach Pest Control in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Delaware


What Do Cockroaches Look Like?
Size: Adult cockroaches reach lengths of 1/2 an inch (12.7 mm) to 1-1/2 inches (38.1 mm) long.

Color: Light to dark brown, reddish-brown

Generally, cockroaches have flat or oblong bodies. Most species of cockroaches have wings that either cover the length of, fall short of or extend past the abdomen. Some cockroaches also have distinguishing markings such as two parallel lines on the shield-like pronotum or a yellow border on the thorax and wings.

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Types of Cockroaches in New Jersey

Several types of cockroaches can be found in New Jersey. They include the German, American, oriental, and brown-banded species. Each are similar in appearance, all having flattened bodies and long antennae. Adult cockroaches lay eggs that either remain attached to their body or are deposited somewhere safe. Newly hatched cockroaches go through several molts as nymphs, which look similar to adults but are smaller and have no wings.

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American Cockroach
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Oriental Cockroach
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German Cockroach

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Problems Caused by Cockroaches

Cockroaches bring many health risks into the home.

  • Contaminate Food:
    Aside from being unpleasant, the odorous secretions given off by the insects contaminate any food supply from which the insect feeds. These pests can spread various pathogens, contaminating food with feces and other waste found on their bodies.
  • Carry Bacteria:
    Cockroaches also carry bacteria, protozoans and viruses on their bodies. Humans often contract food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea and other unpleasant conditions resulting from the existence of cockroaches in the home.
  • Contain Allergens:
    Additionally, the insect’s excrement and skin casings contain allergens which may cause affected individuals to contract skin rashes, experience congestion and become watery-eyed and sneezy.
  • Asthma:
    Furthermore, cockroaches contribute to the development and irritation of asthma.
  • Property Damage:
    Lastly, as many species of cockroaches prefer warm and dry or moist environments, the insects may cause damage to machines or piping.


What Do Cockroaches Eat?
While specific dietary needs differ between species, decaying organic matter represents a significant food source for the insect. Specifically, cockroaches feed on the following:

  • Starches
  • Sweets
  • Grease
  • Garbage
  • Meat products
  • Glue and paste
  • Dead skin particles
  • Wallpaper
  • Book bindings


All cockroach species go through three stages of life: egg, nymph and adult.

Most female cockroaches lay eggs in a protective capsule which may contain anywhere from 13 to 48 eggs depending on the species.

After carrying the capsule around on her abdomen for a species-specific amount of time, the female deposits the egg capsule in a protected location preferably near a food source.

The egg stage of the cockroach life cycle lasts from less than one month to almost a year in duration. German cockroaches who complete the life cycle the quickest, produce more eggs at a time and therefore pose significant problems for Mid-Atlantic homeowners and live longer than seven months as adults.


  • May notice a foul odor given off by large infestations.
  • Look for excrement, skin casts and empty egg capsules in crevices close to the ground.
  • Examine basements, crawlspaces, sinks, and bathtubs for leaky pipes and fecal smears.
  • Check electrical areas for live cockroaches, skin casts and feces.

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Choose Cockroach Pest Control that Works

If you spot a cockroach on the wall or scurrying from the light, reconsider do-it-yourself cockroach control techniques. The cockroach reproduction cycle is amazingly fast, and a single intruder can quickly create a full-on infestation. You are also impacted by your neighbors, and their cockroach problem can quickly become yours.

Western Pest Services offers thorough cockroach pest control as part of our Home Protection Plans, uncovering infestations, identifying their sources and keeping your home pest free all throughout the year. Using Integrated Pest Management(IPM) practices, we not only get rid of cockroaches – we teach you what steps to take to ensure that they don’t return.

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