If you think cockroaches only choose dirty homes to hang out in, think again. Even a sparkling clean house can suffer from an infestation of roaches. They’ll enter your property, flying or crawling, and can access your home through the tiniest of cracks in search of nourishment. Any form of organic material will suit their diet. Once they’re in, they’ll begin to breed, and within a few weeks, you’ll have a host of the bugs making themselves comfortable in your home.
Increase in demand of pest control
In recent months there has been a significant demand for pest control services within Brisbane. This has been due mostly to the warmer weather which has found many homeowners with a severe cockroach problem.
Most notably, the German cockroach, which can be found in all areas of Australia from Brisbane to Broome and is the most likely species to be in your home if you’re experiencing an infestation.
Your house might have more roaches than you know
You may not always see them in large numbers because cockroaches are nocturnal. They spend their days hiding in warm, dark places in your home. At night they roam in search of food. They may follow chemical trails left by ants or be drawn to other cockroach faeces, which is deposited by their fellow bugs to guide them to sources of nutrition.
These trails often lead to a kitchen pantry or cupboards where food is stored. Once a German cockroach comes across food or organic material it will mark it with its waste, regurgitated material, skin flakes or its chemical odors. Cockroach activity is most likely to be found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and around appliances. Look for roaches (alive or dead) and evidence of their droppings or egg cases in these rooms.
When you’re faced with an infestation, home sprays and pest control products will do little to get the problem under control. You need to get a specialized pest control service in to help you get rid of them. However, there are some changes you can make to control the roach population until a professional can assess the situation.
Try these cockroach control techniques:
- Clean: Make cleaning all areas where you prepare food a priority. The aim is to eliminate all sources of food for cockroaches. Make sure you throw away all food scraps in a sealed rubbish bin, store food in the fridge and clean bench tops and appliances after each use.
- Keep condensation to a minimum: Ensure all leaking taps are repaired and keep wet rooms (bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries) well aired and dry. This is crucially important in territories with high humidity such as Brisbane.
- Check for cracks, holes, and crevices: You’ll need to seal every possible entry point, even if it’s tiny. Prime areas to check are bathrooms, pantries, kitchen drawers and cupboards, and splash backs and tiled areas.
These home strategies will help keep roaches to a minimum, but won’t eliminate the issue for good. If you continue to spot large and juvenile bugs, you can assume that they are breeding somewhere in your house. But even one roach in your home is one too many.
They can eat and spoil your food if they enter your pantry, but of more concern is their ability to spread diseases. You can become infected with dysentery and diarrhea, as well as more severe illnesses such as typhoid, gastroenteritis, and salmonella. It’s a pretty good reason to call on a reputable pest control service – even before the problem spirals out of control.
Why you need to employ pest control service?
A professional pest controller will identify the species of cockroach that is in your home and design a treatment program targeted to their particular habits. These could include dust and gel products, or liquid residual sprays, depending on the areas being treated and the scale of the infestation. Another compelling reason to employ a certified pest control service with a good track record is that they will likely offer you a 12-month guarantee.
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