New York has some of the worst levels of roach infestation in the country, with one in three of the city’s public parks and beaches infested with the invasive insect.
In fact, roach counts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania topped the list of New York City park and beach visitor areas, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
So what can you do to help prevent roaches from spreading?
You can protect your home from infestation, said Liz Lutz, a staff attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is fighting to get the federal government to make roach control a national priority.
“The biggest issue that people are having with roach is they don’t know how to deal with it,” she said.
“A roach will stay on your mattress, and it’s hard enough to protect yourself in a home.” “
You can’t just have a dry place where you can put a mattress and a towel under your pillow,” Lutz added.
“A roach will stay on your mattress, and it’s hard enough to protect yourself in a home.”
So to protect your property from roach damage, Lutz recommends you follow these simple rules: Keep a roach-free area where you and your family can come and go and stay dry.
Keep your bed sheets clean.
Clean and bug-proof your bathroom and kitchen, including your sink and the toilet.
If you’re considering buying a new home, Luthits recommend using a bug-resistant mattress.
Lutz also suggested you put out some of your trash to get rid of any leftover bugs.
“When you’re thinking about buying a house, you want to buy something that’s easy to move, so that you can clean and bugproof it when you move in,” Luthis said.