Cockroaches. What you need to know.
Cockroaches are one of the oldest of all insects of our planet. There are four common cockroaches in the Gold Coast and Brisbane regions that frequent our homes and work places.
The Australian Bush Cockroach, Brown Banded Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach and the dreaded German Cockroach. The latter of the species requiring immediate and specialised treatment as they are prolific breeders with up to 40 offspring from a single adult cockroach in as little as 4 to 6 weeks.
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Smoky Brown Cockroach
Brown Banded Cockroach
Signs of Infestation
Seeing Cockroach activity, particularly during the day as cockroaches are generally nocturnal and evasive by nature.
Cockroaches produce a chemical called an “aggregation pheromone.” The odour of this chemical causes the roaches to stay together in groups. Some people describe the odor of these pheromones as having a “musty oily” smell. As the roach population starts to grow, people with sensitive noses may begin to notice this odour.
Cockroach droppings may appear as small, dark, “pepper-like” material left on countertops or in drawers. Fecal staining may appear as dark spots or smears, some that are slightly raised, in the corners of rooms, along the tops of doors or around small cracks and openings into walls.
Egg casings found in pantries, under sinks and other areas that they may frequent.
How Serious is a Cockroach Infestation?
Cockroaches are filthy pests. They can spread disease, contaminate our food and cause allergies and even asthma. Cockroaches can pick up germs on their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then transfer these germs to food or onto food surfaces.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), they are proven or suspected carriers of the organisms causing diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis.
As they reproduce very quickly, Cockroach numbers can increase dramatically within a number of weeks.
What you need to know.
Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, through cracks and crevices, open doors, windows and in drain pipes. We even bring them inside ourselves hidden in grocery bags and cardboard boxes.
Your home is an ideal breeding ground for certain species of cockroaches. When supplied with plenty of food, warmth, water and areas to harbor, they can remain active all year round.
Cockroaches reproduce quickly. If you see one then there can be many more hiding, multiplying or ready to hatch behind your walls, cupboards and other areas.
Evasive By Nature
Cockroaches are typically nocturnal, if you have seen one then you probably have not seen them all. The few that you see by day could mean they were forced out by overcrowding or lack of available food source to support the number of cockroaches hidden which is a possible sign of infestation.
Allergies and Asthma
The debris created by cockroaches as they shed skin, dead bodies and droppings can increase people's susceptibility to allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals.
Getting rid of cockroaches and preventing their return takes a combination of keeping your home clean and tidy (which will make it less attractive to cockroaches), and the appropriate pest control measures put in place.
Cockroaches feed on a diet of rotting garbage and food scraps (and sewage, but we will leave that well alone), so for long-term prevention, it’s important to try to mop up any spills as soon as they happen, keep things tidy (listen to your parents kids) and store your food in sealed containers.
As with all pest control measures, be sure to take your rubbish out regularly, and if you have compost bins, keep a close eye on any pest activity.
Pet owners should clean your pets food bowls every night to help stop them having to share their dinner and attracting unwanted guests.
The best remedy for a problem is always to go to the source — if you can follow the path of any cockroaches that you spot and see where they are nesting (cracks and crevices, under skirting boards or inside cupboards, as well as under appliances) this will make treating them with the appropriate pesticide easier and more effective.
If you feel you have a pest problem, or would like to book a preventative pest control treatment please contact us via email or call 0498 560 139 to arrange one of our comprehensive treatments.
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