Do you think you have cockroaches?
There are more than 3000 different cockroach species and of these, around ten are recognised as pests to humans and dwellings.
The most common varieties in Australia include the German, American and Oriental and Australian cockroaches.
The common signs of cockroach infestation
- Spotting live insects – cockroaches are generally nocturnal and hide in cracks and harbourages during the day. Most people discover cockroaches at night when interior lights are turned on.
- Egg cases and castoff skins – egg cases are glued to a surface or dropped just prior to hatching. Cockroaches periodically shed their skins.
- Odour – is always a fairly obvious sign especially if an established cockroach infestation is in place.
- Droppings and vomit marks – droppings are usually black about 1mm wide and vary in length. Droppings and vomit marks are usually discovered around food preparation/storage or damp areas.
- Damage/nesting – cockroaches will attack stored food goods or organic matter and nest in stored goods.
Why should you control cockroaches?
With these insects being scavengers they often dwell in environments like sewers, drains, feeding off decaying matter such as rubbish tips, grease traps etc. Because of the surfaces that they come into contact with they can transmit diseases to humans such as:
- Typhoid fever
Cockroaches can contaminate your food preparation area and can be found in your pantry, going over your food utensils, in your food products, in your BBQ area. Because cockroaches vomit, defecate they can carry several million bacteria on and inside their body, thats why it is important to put in some methods of control and prevention in your home or business.
Cockroaches can breed rapidly and have proven to be adaptive and successful. A quick response is essential to prevent cockroaches putting the occupants of your home or workplace at risk.
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.
By using PEST'A LA VISTA, you can be rest assured that all of our pest control and treatment methods are Safe and most of all, effective.
Cockroach treatment methods
Your safety is our priority we only use products tested and approved for use in the home. Prior to any treatment being carried out, we will provide you with specific advice in regard to preparation and access details.
After an initial inspection of your premises and site our experienced technicians will design and implement a treatment program to achieve the best result possible.
What you can do around your home
- Clean up any left-over food or crumbs
- Clean under your fridge, oven, dishwasher regularly
- Remove and take out rubbish regularly
- Because the egg cases can be transmitted into your house with cardboard boxes, crates of drinks etc remove all the packaging
- Store foods in a sealed container.
- Wash dishes and utensils immediately after cooking.
- Make sure you clean your BBQ area after use.
- Wash out and regularly clean pet bowls.
- Check for any leaky taps, pipes.
- Seal any cracks or crevices that they can get into your house.
- Clean around your stove including your vents where any grease has ‘built up’.
As cockroaches can have between 10–40 eggs per egg capsule they can live up to a year, the infestation may be too great to control by yourself.
This is where you need the help of a professional before it gets out of hand. A PEST'A LA VISTA technician will look at the species of cockroach, size and distribution of the infestation, areas that are infested, activity and control it effectively.