Cockroach Control: Everything You Need To Know
Cockroach Control in Melbourne
Cockroaches are loathed by most due to their unsightly appearance as well as the fact they thrive in bacteria and unhealthy environments. Most of the cockroaches in Melbourne are native to the state of Victoria, with only a few of them actually being classed as a pest. If you’re looking for a cockroach exterminator to deal with cockroaches in Melbourne, feel free to contact us right away – or you can read further and learn a little bit more about cockroaches.
Types of Cockroaches
The Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta Australasiae)
These cockroaches will often enter buildings when it’s dark and originate from the garden/debris. They are also prevalent in areas where the climate isn’t too cold.
One hatched, it can take from 6-12 months for these cockroaches to reach full maturity.
The German Cockroach (Blatella Germanica)
German cockroaches are basically all over the world. They’re easily identifiable due to their stripes, with adults growing to around 1.5cm in length. They can develop into adults within 6 months and are often found indoors where it is mostly humid, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Oriental Cockroach (Blatta Orientalis)
These are highly adaptable cockroaches that are very good at surviving in the natural environment. They love damp, cool environments such as drains. They feast on things like rubbish and any other decay. They take longer to fully develop, up to 18 months.
The American cockroach is also extremely common amongst commercial and residential properties. It’s up to 4cm long and is of a red/brown colour. It even flies at times.
They’re often found on trees and will also prefer dark, damp and areas with little disturbance.
Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation
Cockroaches certainly leave a trail that allows you to identify them fairly easily, usually before even seeing the pest themselves. Cockroaches are nocturnal, which means that they’re usually hidden during the day and then come out at night. It’s important that you take action quite quickly after seeing signs of cockroaches as they can come with a series of health risks.
Cockroaches are known to leave a trail of droppings that looks like coffee that’s been ground. They are quite small, up to 1mm wide.
If the area of infestation is wet, you are likely to see smear marks which come from the cockroaches resting or crawling across the surface. Make sure to check where the wall and floor meets for this sort of mark, as well as horizontal surfaces.
Cockroaches are also known to shed their skin up to 8 times throughout their lifecycle, which includes the nymph stages at the beginning all the way through to the fully matured, adult stage.
Another common giveaway for Cockroaches is damage across food packaging as well as leather, books and any other organic surface/good.
A Strange Smell
Cockroaches are known to produce a pheromone that draws other cockroaches to their position. They usually do this via defecation in the areas that they live and sleep. What it actually smells like is an unpleasant, musty scent which gets worse as the infestation deepens. It also makes anything smell that comes into contact with it.
This goes without saying. Seeing a cockroach will mean that there are others nearby. You’re most likely to see cockroaches late at night after you’ve turned a light on. Depending on the type of cockroach, you’re also likely to find them around bathrooms/laundry areas as well as kitchens, basements and drains. Read further to learn what cockroaches look like.
How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches
You might now be asking yourself “what Is the best way to get rid of cockroaches?” or wondering how to get rid of cockroaches in your room. The easiest course of action is to call us at All Guard Pest Control and we will sort the problem quickly and efficiently, however, read on if you’d like a little more insight on how to deal with the best yourself.
This is one of the most common forms of cockroach removal and prevention. It has a huge impact in locations that are located indoors, such as hotels, hospitals and kitchens (or any other residential/commercial food handling area).
The cockroach bait comes in three forms:
The bait is placed in areas where cockroaches are known to frequent, which ends up poisoning the cockroaches that come into contact with the bait but also poisons cockroaches that come into contact with infected cockroaches.
Eventually, as the infection spreads from cockroach to cockroach, the colony will end up poisoning itself and therefore solve the issue of cockroach infestation.
Another common, and perhaps more traditional method of cockroach control in Melbourne is cockroach fumigation. Insecticides are used in a gas to exterminate the cockroaches in a confined space. This usually requires the area to be completely sealed-off, with the gas then introduced. If the infestation is quite severe, fumigation is used in tandem with other cockroach repellents.
This method of cockroach control is often used in warehouses, manufacturing plants, mills as well as several agricultural set ups.
How To Prevent Cockroach Infestations
Be proactive! Most cockroach infestations are much better off being prevented, particularly in businesses where food is handled. Cockroaches are a food regulation nightmare!
You can help eliminate the instance of cockroaches whilst also preventing by following the steps below:
Eliminate Food Sources
Make sure you are removing liquids and any exposed food. You should also look to store food away safely as well as rinsing any spare bottles, cans and containers. This will limit the attraction that cockroaches show towards food and any other sort of bottle and container.
This one is fairly straight forward, however, you should always be looking at keeping surfaces throughout your home and business clean. This means that the cockroaches will be less inclined to choose your home or business as a home because there is less filth for them to thrive in!
De-clutter The Area
Once cockroaches have found a safe place to live, they tend to alert other cockroaches via pheromones. They will choose to nest in anything – cardboard, packaging, newspapers, magazines and even clothes.
Making sure you seal any entries into the house, along with checking pipes and drains as well as shelves throughout the house. If you suspect that there are cockroaches in there, make sure you look at purchasing some cockroach bait or have All Guard Pest Control come out to service the issue.
Cockroach Control In Melbourne
If you’re still wondering how to get rid of cockroaches, make sure you contact us today. All Guard Pest Control are very effective in delivering cockroach pest control. meaning that we’re able to quickly get rid of cockroaches at home or within your business. We’ll get straight to work on getting rid of cockroaches at your place.