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Cockroaches are gross! If you have had cockroach issues before or are currently seeing them you will notice they are active at night and leave droppings around your cupboards and sinks. In some cases, if the infestation is bad in the case of German cockroaches they will be into everything and hiding just about everywhere!
What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea like termites! There are approximately 30 species and of which around 4 are common pests. Some species, such as the German cockroach, have an elaborate social structure involving common shelter, social dependence, information transfer and kin recognition. Cockroaches thrive in damp, warm environments where also a food source is available. These areas commonly are kitchens, bathrooms and wet areas.
- A cockroach can survive without its head for 1 week!
- A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes and survive under water for 30!
- Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days. In fact, the German cockroach is the most common of the cockroaches and has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people.
- The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer. They are most likely attracted by the alcohol mixed with hops and sugar.
- Because they are cold-blooded insects, cockroaches can live without food for one month, but will only survive one week without water.
- Some species including American cockroaches are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders and eat products such as cheese, beer, tea, leather, bakery products, the starch found in book bindings, glue, hair, dried skin, dead animals, plant materials, soiled clothing. They are extremely fond of fermenting food. They have also been observed feeding on dead or wounded cockroaches of their own or other species.
4 Types of common cockroaches
German Cockroach – These species are well known to the food industry as a major pest as they can reproduce and infest areas quickly. Treating German cockroaches can be difficult due to the resilience to certain pesticides and sheer numbers and reproductive habits.
Australian Cockroach – This is a common species of cockroach most homeowners will see in their lifetime. These cockroaches may come indoors to look for food and even to live, but in warm weather, it may move outdoors and enter buildings looking for food. Similar in appearance to the American cockroach
Brown Banded Cockroach – Require less moisture than the German Cockroach and are more broadly distributed in the home, such as in living rooms and bedrooms. They tend not to be found in the daytime, since they avoid light. One of the smallest cockroaches approximately 10 – 15mm in length
American Cockroach – Is the largest species of common pests. Similar in appearance to the Australian cockroach. Despite the name, they are native to Africa and the Middle East. American cockroach infestations are commonly found in damp dirty kitchens.
The most important process is maintaining a clean damp free environment with an annual pest control plan in place. This will generally keep clean houses cockroach free for 12 months. Some establishments will require more frequent treatments to control cockroaches including restaurants bars and so forth due to the incoming of cardboard boxes and goods that may contain them.
Cockroach control methods
- Apply residual surface spray with 2 forms of chemical that will knock down or act slowly overtime to break the life cycle.
- Apply crack and crevice treatment using approved products including gel and residual.
- Dusting areas where infestations of hiding places exist.
- Cleaning drainpipes, food prep areas.
- Removing floor waste, grime, and scum.
- Sealing entry points.
- Fixing leaking taps or damp areas.
If you are experiencing cockroach issues, Please feel free to call us today. We provide cockroach control to both residential and commercial. Our team is experts in dealing with pests and we provide a guarantee on all our services.
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