When you think about cockroaches what words come to mind?
Creepy-Crawly… just to name a few
No doubt about it… They are a repulsive pest!
But as much as you hate to admit it , Cockroaches are incredibly adaptable creatures in more ways than one. How adaptable? Just read on
- Are older than Dinosaurs
- There are more than 4000 species of Cockroaches throughout the world
- They can eat just about anything from sweets , starchy food, and meats
- Can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes so they are impossible to drown
- They can live for a week without their head! Now if that hasn’t made your stomach churn by now I don’t know what will!
Fact is here in Australia the amount of Cockroaches invading homes has increased in the last 3 years. And that has a lot to do with the warmer, drier weather of recent years.
If you live in Perth one of Australia’s hottest capital cities your home or office is a prime target for a Cockroach infestation. It’s not every day that you have to worry about them but one of the alarming aspects to Cockroaches is they cause a plethora of illnesses which include diphtheria, salmonella food poisoning, dysentery, and hosts of others.
Before deciding what to do with Cockroaches your next to step is to clearly identify them.
How many cockroaches do we have to worry about in WA?
Thankfully here in Western Australia there are only 4 main types that are in existence.
According to http://www.ozanimals.com/wildlife/Insect/Cockroaches.html here are the main facts to identifying each particular type of cockroach.
- German cockroach
- American Cockroach
- Australian Cockroach
- Brown Banded Cockroach
The German cockroach
Is pale brown with two longitudinal streaks on the front part of the thorax
Adults have wings but rarely fly
Length 12mm – 16mm
Found in homes, shops, food processing plants, restaurants
It prefers warm, humid environments. It shelters in cracks and crevices and avoids light
The American Cockroach
Is reddish-brown with a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head
Are fast-moving insects and scuttle for cover when disturbed.
Grows to 40mm in length
Prefers moist areas, but can live in dry areas with access to water
Often seen in gardens, around garbage, and in sheds or garages
Is a large reddish-brown cockroach with yellow margin round the thorax and yellow edges to their front wings
A common pest in homes and can transmit disease by contaminating food
The antennae are long and the legs are spiky
Grows to 35mm in length
Common around urban and suburban areas, and often seen in and around homes, and gardens
Brown Banded Cockroach
Are glossy brown with two light bands of yellow or cream across the thorax and abdomen
Males have long wings as opposed to females who have shorter wings
Length 10mm to 15mm
Are an indoor pest that feeds on food scraps and material containing starch.
#6 Natural Home remedies to get rid of cockroaches
- Create a baking soda paste and apply it those roach prone areas
- Make a boric acid roach bait. Source: http://www.arbico-organics.com. …
- Fill in cracks and holes using a Silicon caulking gun.
- Fabric Softener Spray
- Bay leaves
- Lemon Peels or Lemon Juice
Failing all of the above what do you do to get rid of these pests? Good question.
Most importantly don’t stress about the problem. Call Pesti Pest Control your local experts instead.
Why use Pesti Cockroach Control Services?
We offer exceptional cockroach control and service all of Perth. Quite simply …we are specialists in removing and controlling cockroach populations in Perth homes using a variety of methods including: Gel baiting cupboard and wet areas, flushing harbourage areas, dusting under fridges and dishwashers, treating all cracks and crevices, spraying skirting boards and treating the entire external perimeter of the house.
As you think about what you really need to get rid of Cockroaches in your home or office this summer you must begin to realise that you have only one choice to make, and that is to call the professionals at Pesti Pest Control Perth.