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Roach control. When people think of pest control, these little guys are usually what they think about first.  With a well-earned bad reputation, these little pests can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. In New Jersey alone there are five different species of roach that can be found in a home, restaurant, school, or office building.  And depending on the species, they can eat anything from rotten fruit and vegetables to other types of food and organic materials. And even if you only see the one, there’s a good bet your house is infested with a lot more.

Just the sight of one makes anyone shudder and their skin crawls. More than just the ick factor though, having a roach infestation can be hazardous. Roaches can be carriers of infectious bacteria and the allergens they carry can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. And unlike other insects, they have almost no other insect predators that feed on them. Once they are in the house, they can be hard to remove unless a professional roach control company in New Jersey is brought in.

Roaches are the ultimate unwanted house guests. One female roach can lay 6-8 eggs in her lifetime, and on average one roach egg cell can have up to 50 roaches waiting inside to hatch, with over two-thirds of them being female. In a perfect storm of conditions, in a year a house could have a billion roaches living inside of it. And they are tough to kill too. The Mythbusters famously conducted tests that showed that roaches were able to survive without air for 45 minutes and survive being drowned for over half an hour! Because of these, and more, reasons roach control is an important part of keeping a house (or other buildings) healthy.

But there are a few things that homeowners, restaurateurs, and other individuals can do to prevent an infestation from occurring—the best roach control is prevention:

  1. Keep a lid on it. Ensure all food is kept in tightly sealed containers, and that your garbage bin has a tight lid.
  2. Keep it clean. Regular vacuuming and kitchen cleaning will make your place less appealing to vermin of all types—including roaches.
  3. Keep it dry. If there are any water leaks in the house, make sure to repair them ASAP. Roaches love humid environments, and keeping your house leak-free discourages them.
  4. Lastly, keep it closed. If possible, close up any holes in the building with copper mesh, caulking, putty, or steel wool. Even the smallest hole could be an entryway for roaches, so make sure to check kitchen cabinets, baseboard holes, pipes, or windows for gaps to fill.

The idea of sharing your home or workspace with roaches is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. They are dirty, disease-ridden, and a disaster. Once in, they are almost impossible to get rid of, and while a homeowner doing his or her own roach control might result in a few being caught, there may always be one egg out there waiting to hatch. At Alliance, we specialize in ensuring that the job is done right the first time, so there is no worry about houses getting infested again. Professional roach control can ensure that unwanted house guests are gone for good. Contact us today!

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