Kinds of Pests — 25 October 2011
Cockroach Control

Do you have Cockroaches at your premises?

In your Kitchen, Laundry or Bathroom cupboards continuously roaming around your bins contaminating your food That you have tried spraying or eliminating but they keep reappearing! There are more than 3,500 species of cockroach. The most common varieties in Australia include the German, American and Oriental cockroaches.

Correct identification of the Cockroaches at your premises is an important part of implementing an effective eradication and control program for the removal of this pest.

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There is no need to leave home, so you enjoy minimum disruption to your regular home life. We arrive on time and leave your home exactly the way we found it. With over 20 years experience we guarantee you will be satisfied with the results – No More Cockroaches!

Do you want more information on:

    • The cockroach lifecycle?
    • How to tell if you have a cockroach problem?
    • Why cockroaches are a problem?
    • What to do if you have cockroaches in your home?
    • Our Chemical treatments?
    • Different types of cockroaches?

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Protect Your Family from Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a high risk pest to have in your home.

They carry a range of serious illnesses including salmonella, dysentery, and gastroenteritis.

The risk is particularly high in homes with children, the elderly or those fighting illnesses. Cockroach droppings have even been implicated as being a contributing factor leading to childhood asthma. Beyond significant health risks, cockroaches are a disturbing pest to many homeowners. They also produce an obnoxious odour that contaminates nearby food and belongings.

Cockroaches can breed rapidly and are highly resilient. A quick response is essential to prevent cockroaches in your home or spreading to your neighbours.

Recognizing Cockroaches

There are three common species found in the home:

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  • German Cockroach - 5/8” – Also known as the “croton bug” the German roach is brown in color with 2 dark stripes on thorax. The wings are as long as the body or slightly overlapping in both sexes, despite this they prefer to run or climb. It prefers moist environments such as kitchen cabinets and bathrooms.

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  • Oriental Cockroach - 1 ½” – Dark brown to black in color. The wings are undeveloped in female but cover ¾ length of the abdomen in the male; both sexes prefer to run or climb. It prefers cool, damp environments like drains, sewers and crawl spaces.

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  • American Cockroach - 1 ½” – Also known as the palmetto bug, the American Cockroach is reddish brown in colour and has a pale yellow area around the perimeter of the pronotum. These cockroaches tend to be found in dark, undisturbed areas that are high in humidity.

The typical signs of a cockroach problem are:

  • Seeing live insects – cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day. You will most likely see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night
  • Egg cases and cast skins – cockroaches shed their skin 5-8 times as they mature
  • Droppings – cockroaches leave a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths
  • Odour – established cockroach infestations produce an unpleasant, musty smell
  • Damage – cockroaches will attack organic goods including leather and books

How to Prevent Cockroaches

Sealing entry points can help prevent cockroaches from entering the home. Key risks are gaps around pipes, drains and common walls with neighbouring properties when dealing with Oriental and American cockroaches. German cockroaches tend to favour kitchens and can be prevented by keeping crumbs and other particles of food from accumulating in and around counters and cabinets.
As with many pests, the most effective way to control cockroaches is to keep food and water out of reach:

  • Store food in containers or in sealed plastic bags
  • Clean all garbage and spills immediately
  • Clean food debris from under refrigerators or ovens
  • Clean used dishes immediately after meals
  • Remove pet food, water and litter trays overnight
  • Keep garbage or compost in sealed bins
  • Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets overnight

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be difficult to control and may require professional treatment. Although many homeowners struggle with do it yourself cockroach control remedies the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.

PESTFREE technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home. They also have respect for you, your home, your family and your time.

At PESTFREE Pest Control, we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. If you would like further advice or to arrange an inspection call us on (free call) 1800 15 30 10 or click here to contact your local branch.

 

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