Cockroaches are a problem because they contaminate your home and can transmit diseases like gastroenteritis and dysentery. They like warm, damp conditions and will feed from rubbish bins, kitchen cupboards, drainage areas and sewers. Large infestations often create an unpleasant smell.
Termitrust will identify the cockroach species and provide a pest management regime for their control. Our cockroach treatments prevent juvenile cockroaches developing and destroy the breeding cycle.
This is one of the largest of the cockroach species. Adults are typically 40mm long, are reddish-brown and have a border around the head area. This cockroach flies, particularly in warm weather.
The American cockroach is mostly found in dark, warm and moist locations like unoccupied dwellings, rubbish dumps, sub floors and roof areas away from human activity. They have a preference for decaying organic waste and can survive for months without food.
German cockroaches are small, light brown, flat insects with two dark stripes at the front of the head and will eat almost anything including built-up cooking grease.
They are usually found in warm areas containing food and moisture, such as the kitchen, pantries and cupboards, under sinks or near water heaters. If sighted during the day, these cockroaches are probably part of a very large local population.
The key to long-term management of cockroaches is to make the environment less attractive to them, by reducing sources of food, water and shelter.
To make life harder for cockroaches you should:
- Maintain rigorous hygiene, that is, cleanliness in the house and remove all food scraps
- Thoroughly clean all surfaces in food handling and preparation areas
- Tightly seal all containers especially in pantries and cupboards
- Remove breadcrumbs from the toaster
- Empty rubbish bins regularly
- Remove accumulations of cardboard boxes
- Clean the floor under and behind your fridge
- Regularly turn mulch piles
- Install screens to vents, especially over septic tanks, to increase air flow