German-Cockroach

Cockroaches in Brisbane

There is no positive emotion created when you see a cockroach in your kitchen, on the floor or in the cupboard. Most of us find it quite disgusting, and some of us are significantly stressed by the sight of cockroaches. Put it in perspective there are approximately 4000 species of cockroaches worldwide and over 400 species of cockroaches in Australia. Generally, the ones that we are concerned about four or five species.

Cockroaches have a lifespan generally of about six months through to a couple of years depending on the species. The egg sacs are called Oothecas, these egg sacs may contain up to 40 eggs and after they have been deposited. Juveniles can hatch and as little as 14 days or as long as two years after laying. Cockroaches have flattened bodies, and the colour may vary from light brown almost yellowish to black.

German cockroach. (Blattella germanica)

German-Cockroach

German cockroach. (Blattella germanica)

The German cockroach is a small species that inhabit homes, restaurants and food production areas. These cockroaches prefer hot and humid conditions, that is why they prefer kitchen areas of restaurants, especially in and around motors. They are a particularly hard species to get rid of as they prefer inaccessible areas like electric motors inside kitchen cupboards and the similar regions. The German cockroach is extremely troublesome; it is widely distributed throughout the world and is a severe pest of homes and kitchens. This species is not fond of the cold, and in cooler climates, they will be found in restaurants food-processing factors hotels and motels industrial kitchens and old people’s home.

The German cockroach is thought originally to come from North Africa or Asia because they preferred the warmer climates. They will be found everywhere except Antarctica

The German cockroach is generally nocturnal except when the population is within an infestation are extraordinarily high, and they will be found foraging for food throughout the day.

And experience pest controller can detect the unpleasant odour of German roaches within a dwelling. German cockroaches are omnivores and scavengers they like meats oily fatty foods, sugar and other starches.

The German cockroach may reach adulthood in less than 60 days once eggs are fertilised The nymphs hatch within 24-hour Because of this swift reproduction cycle has enabled the German roach to become a severe pest Coupled with no natural predators within domestic or commercial buildings, they can hide in tiny places and reach sexual maturity within a few weeks.

 

Australian cockroach

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These are not native to Australia and mostly into the house buyer the garden through open doors, or sometimes I even fly in. (Periplaneta australasiae) or the Australian cockroach is a typical tropical species of cockroach. Ranging from around 25 to 35 mm or if you like from 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length basically brown in colour the head has a yellow margin.

They are mostly nocturnal, and they prefer areas where the winter is mild. The eggs of this species can take as long as 6 to 12 months to develop into adults.

Cockroach with its wings seems to be a capable flier and is very mobile able to scurry out of sight when disturbed in a room and can fit under small gaps under doors. New paragraph it is not cold tolerant and prefers moist conditions but will survive in dry environments as long as a water source is available. They eat vegetable matter, including decaying vegetables leaves et cetera. As a consequence, it is found around the perimeters of buildings in gardens et cetera.

American cockroach

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Again, the name belies its origin as they originated from the tropical areas of Africa. This species of cockroach is commonly located in subfloor areas, sewerage systems sometimes in boats and certainly in the roof of human houses. The American cockroach has a long life-cycle more than two years, and of the pest species of cockroach and has one of the larger bodies, they are brown in colour with a reddish tinge and have a yellow margin behind the head.

When threatened, they are swift and can dart out of sight exceptionally quickly.

As with most cockroach species they are both omnivores and opportunistic in their feeding habits they will eat items such as cheese hair, dead animals pastry and bakery products even beer and tea and when nothing else is around they will nibble on bindings or manuscripts. They are very fond of fermented foods they will also cannibalise their own species or other cockroach species.

Brown Banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)

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Brown-banded cockroach is about the same size as a German cockroach they have distinctive bands and colours across wings and bodies they can easily be mistaken for German roaches. One of the main differences between the brown-banded cockroach in the German cockroach is their habitat the brown-banded cockroach preference is to be an indoor pest, And they can be found throughout the whole house though they prefer a less humid environment than the German cockroach. This species of cockroach preferred time of activity is night and is an opportunistic forager for food. The brown-banded roach prefers high starch content foods, whereas the German cockroach prefers oily protein.

The Brown Banded Cockroach is primarily an indoor pest, unlike other cockroaches, it is found throughout homes and habitats including bedrooms, in furniture including under chairs and in lounge suites, behind pictures on the wall, underneath tables. Whereas the German cockroach is usually restricted to food preparation areas where the humidity is high, the Brown Banded cockroach will be widely distributed throughout a home and prefers a less humid environment.

The brown-banded roach is generally active at night in search of food and is an opportunistic feeder. This cockroach prefers food sources with high starch content and will attack wallpaper and book bindings.

Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)

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This is a medium-large cockroach species typically between 25 to 33 mm in length at adulthood. This cockroach is found throughout the world though it originated in North Africa. It is not commonly located in Europe.

As a species of cockroaches, not a good climber it is typically found around the ground floor of buildings and prefers humid, dark, concealed areas like sellers ducting and the subterranean regions of buildings. Sometimes it’s harbourage area is not within the infestation area is reached by subfloor cavities, drains or service ducting. This species of cockroach is fond of water and within a building will be located in the basement, around sinks or tubs washing machines or above and indeed will be found in sewers.

In their foraging activity, the nymphs, larvae and adults can contaminate and infect foodstuffs. They secrete an odorous discharge from their body which also taints and contaminates food.

Like other cockroach species, the Oriental Cockroaches transmit bacteria as they walk, transferring pathogens such as salmonella and e.coli to every area they scurry across.

Cockroaches also shed cuticles, faeces and other cockroach debris which are known asthma and allergy triggers.

Cockroaches play a support role in the transmission of disease they have proven to be carriers of various organisms causing amongst other things

diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and some viral diseases including poliomyelitis. They are suspect in the spread of various other diseases and viruses.

 

There are various control methods available, and these can be divided into different management techniques. Primarily the best option is an improvement in hygiene and general cleanliness for example food to be stored in sealed containers or refrigerators, the removal of food waste rubbish bins being covered and emptied and keeping harbourage areas dry. The blocking of access points such as putting drains over pipes or sewers insect strips under doors and around wall frames as to discourage entry of cockroaches

Secondly, it is possible to chemically control pest species of cockroaches in and around dwellings. These insecticides are used in combination with the hygiene features mentioned above. The areas are treated, are normally the areas of infestation and harbourage, and these are limited to in and under cupboards around refrigerators, or their motors, pipes and sewers.

The frequency of these treatments would depend upon the species of cockroach and their life-cycle, as well as the environment they are located in the various insecticides, come in various formulations as dust’s, aerosols, Fogs and Mists or even as smoke generators. Bates and traps are available

The treatment of cockroaches either domestically or commercially, when undertaken by a properly licensed and insured pest control, can reduce the risk of re-infestation. The process will be gone through later to explain how integrated pest management and the use of all the tools to exclude cockroaches from your home or business can be used.

 


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Dealing with Pests in Autumn

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A lot of people are wondering if pests will start to disappear now that summer is over. Yes, pests will indeed dwindle in number as the weather starts to cool down and the cold temperature will reduce their breeding and activities. However, it still would not be safe to say that your property is pest-free.

The thing is, even in cooler months, temperatures inside homes remain warm, plus the availability of food and water are what draws pests inside the house. Pests tend to seek refuge from the cold weather by moving into houses for warmth where they can live and breed.

Pests Common in Autumn

Perhaps, the most common pest you have to be on the lookout for as soon as the temperatures start to decrease are rodents. Winter is, in fact, believed to be the rat season. The home is their first go-to place when the weather starts to cool down. Why? With its easy accessibility to water and food, it is definitely the ideal haven for these animals.

Regardless of the season, rats breed heavily all around the year. They only seem more rampant during colder months as they prefer to stay inside to get away from the cold. Now, this is when the nightmare begins. Once inside, rodents can cause so much havoc to your property. Many house fires have been started by rats gnawing on electrical wires. Then again, fires are not the only threat you should be worried about. Rat infestations carry lots of diseases that can endanger your and your family’s life.

Other Pests You Should Worry About

Cockroaches remain an issue all throughout the year, most especially the German Cockroaches. The kitchen is their most favourite part of your house since there is easy access to food and water. Due to their rapid breeding cycle, they can reproduce very quickly and can pose a big problem in just a short amount of time.

How to Curtail Autumn Pests

  • Keep them thirsty – Pests seek water in earnest. Check for any leaking plumbing or any water pooling around the house. If you find any, have them repaired right away. Do not let water accumulate in sinks and showers for a long time. Ensure you keep them dry if not in use.
  • Keep them away from food – Pests, like all organisms, need food. To prevent from drawing these pests towards your home, clean up spills straight away, do not leave food wrappers and containers lying around, make sure garbage bins are tightly sealed, keep food containers sealed or covered securely and make sure to clean up food crumbs and scraps and dispose them into tightly covered bins. Rats have an uncanny ability to smell food even from far distances so keep your place as clean as possible.
  • Shut them out – Hard yet doable. First off, rodents (rats and mice) are so flexible that they can squeeze in through tiny openings and gain access, so you have to make sure that your roofing is in good condition; meaning no leaks, no broken tiles, no cracks. Protect your gutters with a mesh covering. Do the same with any gaps or holes you have in the external wall, including the pipes to prevent rodents from entering your home.

On the contrary, some pests cannot be kept out by these means. Pests such as ants, spiders and cockroaches will always find their way into your home. It is always best to ask the help of professionals if you want to prevent these insects from living and breeding in your dwelling. At Defence Pest Management, our technicians offer a fast-response pest management service. We recommend the most appropriate treatment for your property and explain why we chose it so you could have a chance to make an informed decision about protecting your home.

dead cockroach inside a cupboard

Keeping Your Cupboard Cockroach Free

Keeping your property cockroach free can still be a challenge for many homeowners. This is mostly because, in most cases, residents are not even aware that cockroaches are already sharing their space. Roaches are most active at night when everyone is fast asleep, so it is hard to tell when there is an infestation until you see them crawling around your kitchen during the day.

Cockroaches can be hiding inside your cupboard, secretly feeding on your stored food and possibly contaminating your food. Droppings and contaminants left behind can cause illnesses, so before it even happens, here are tips from Defence Pest Management on how you can keep your cupboard cockroach free.

Do not store paper materials in the cupboard

Cockroaches are attracted to any materials made of paper – and this can include grocery bags and cardboard boxes that are often being kept in the cupboard. Especially when these are stored at the bottom or near the ground, cockroaches find it very inviting to nest in these areas. If you need to keep such items, make sure to place them in a sealable bag to keep them from attracting cockroaches.

Use airtight containers for storage

Most of us love storing our newly bought grocery items and ingredients inside the cupboard. Many of these items, however, are still in cardboard boxes, making it easier for cockroaches to destroy them and feed on the contents.

To avoid this from happening, move any food you plan to store in the cupboard in airtight containers, preferably those that are made of metal or glass. If possible, you can also refrigerate other food items and ingredients instead of storing them inside the cupboard.

Don’t leave food lying around

The main reason why cockroaches are inside your home is because you provide them with their needs for survival – the environment, food and water. If you have food lying around, whether it is a box of flour or sugar that you left open inside the cupboard or a box of pizza on the kitchen counter, then you are giving the cockroaches the freedom to feed on whatever you are eating.

Make it a point that before you retreat to your bed that the kitchen has been tidied, no food has been left behind and the counters and cupboard are spotless. Because the more food that the cockroaches find, the longer they want to stay and the bigger their colony can become.

Have your property inspected regularly

Pest inspection may not seem to be a big deal to some, especially if there are no signs of infestations. But it has been countless times that our technicians from Defence Pest Management have discovered severe cockroach infestations in homes that have not shown any trace of cockroach activity, not until homeowners have discovered damaged cardboard boxes or they have seen the roaches lingering in the kitchen during the day.

So if you want to be sure of your family’s safety, have your property regularly inspected not just for cockroaches, but for any other types of pests that could be hiding in your cupboards.

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Keeping Cockroaches Out Of Your Cupboards

Your kitchen cupboard should be one of the most sanitised areas of your home since it is where you’ll keep many of your ingredients, food and even ready-to-use food containers. But, for this very reason, your cupboard can also be vulnerable to unwanted visitors – such as cockroaches.

Cockroaches that linger in your cupboard can leave disease-causing bacteria behind, through their saliva and waste, which could contaminate food and lead to food poisoning and diarrhoea. The problem is that because cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, you are unlikely to see them during the day. Besides, you are likely to be keeping your cupboard closed, making it impossible for you to track down the cockroaches whenever they are around.

Avoiding the Roaches

This does not mean though that you can’t keep your cupboard free from cockroaches. Here are tips from Defence Pest Management on how you can stop these pests from invading your cupboard and entire kitchen.

Store food in containers and in the fridge

The reason why your cupboard is a delightful place for roaches and possibly even other pests is because it provides them with a food supply. Avoid keeping any leftovers in the cupboard if you can and store them in the fridge instead. If you have to keep food inside the cupboard, then make sure to seal it in air-tight containers.

Keep your ingredients sealed

It could also be the ingredients you store that are attracting the roaches into the cupboard. Pasta and other starches that cannot be stored in the fridge are best kept in sealed containers. This goes the same for flour, sugar and even spices and herbs.

Don’t use cardboard boxes as containers

Food and ingredients stored in cardboard boxes can be easier to detect, and it will be even much easier for cockroaches to destroy the container or sneak into small openings. Any edible item you have kept in cardboard boxes should be moved to glass or metal containers.

Regularly empty and clean up the cupboard

Do an inventory of the items inside your cupboard; anything that you will no longer need should be taken out. The entire cupboard must be thoroughly cleaned; water, sponge and soap should do the trick. Be sure that you look into every corner and also pay attention to any cracks that might be used by pests as their entry point, as well as any other damage that needs repairing.

If the Roaches Persist

If you notice that the roaches keep on coming and going even after you have tried all the tips above, then it’s probably high time that a pest inspection is conducted in your property. Defence Pest Management can help you find hidden cockroach infestations, which might be the reason why you are seeing roaches in broad daylight even after cleaning up your home.

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Why Your DIY Approach Won’t Kill The Roach

Cockroaches are definitely a nuisance in the house. Who would ever want to live with these pests inside their home? Being nocturnal creatures, you may not even see them until the skies are dark, but at first sight, you will just want to get rid of them. You might even be tempted to squish and smash them with anything you can grab in your hand the moment you see one.

However, that does not really solve the problem. Some of our customers at Defence Pest Management have also mentioned the use do-it-yourself solutions to get rid of cockroaches, but most of the time, these solutions don’t work as they expect them to.

Do-It-Yourself Cockroach Control

Cockroach Baits

A DIY cockroach control solution we often hear from people is the use of baits. Much like how ant baits work, the bait is used so that the cockroaches will take the poison to their nest. The cockroach that has eaten the bait will leave the droppings in their nest and other cockroaches that have come in contact with it will eventually die.

There are ready-to-use cockroach baits from the market and homemade baits. However, this method can take weeks and does not guarantee that you can completely get rid of large infestations since the roaches will just continue laying eggs.

Traps

Roach traps are much like an easier alternative to squishing a cockroach since you can just leave the trap in areas frequented by cockroaches and wait for them to get in the trap. But, just like what happens when you step on a cockroach, the cockroach trap will only get rid of those that come out while the rest of the nest can continue to multiply.

Insecticides

Perhaps the most common of all DIY control solutions, insecticides are meant to poison and kill crawling and flying cockroaches. If you find the entries to the nest of the cockroaches or the location of their nest, you can also directly spray them with the insecticide.

But while insecticides do work for eliminating roaches in larger numbers, it still does not guarantee to clear the infestation. In most cases, homeowners are not aware of infestations until they begin seeing cockroaches in broad daylight and even then, they may not actually be able to locate the nest.

Effective Pest Treatment

To really get to the bottom of the problem, you may want to have your property inspected for cockroach infestations. Our team at Defence Pest Management will be happy to help you track down the nest of cockroaches and other pests in your home and provide you with a safe and effective treatment method.

Unlike DIY pest control, treatments carried out by qualified pest inspectors and technicians are guaranteed to keep homes pest-free for longer periods. You can also opt for regular pest inspections to ensure that no new types of pests have begun invading your home.

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Cockroaches And Their Danger To Your Health

Cockroaches are among the most common household pests in Australia. Every day at Defence Pest Management, our technicians work together with numerous clients in treating cockroach infestations in their homes. Depending on the season and environmental conditions, various species of cockroaches can nest in your home, although the most widespread in the country are German cockroaches.

Aside from being a nuisance to your comfort, cockroaches can bring a bigger threat to you and your family – and that includes causing illnesses and other potential health problems.

Why Do Cockroaches Linger in Your Home?

Cockroaches need food, moisture and shelter for survival. This makes your home the perfect breeding ground especially if they can find easy access to food scraps and rubbish. It’s no wonder why your kitchen will most likely become their favourite spot. They could also be hiding under the sink or crawling around leaking pipes for moisture and water.

Diseases That Cockroaches Can Spread

Since cockroaches will keep looking for food all around your home, they will not only be attracted to food scraps found in the trash bin. They will also feed on unsealed leftover meals, fruit on the counter and any food lying around. When cockroaches start feeding or gathering food, they can leave their saliva, faecal matter or even body parts in the food. If the food is eaten by humans, this may cause illnesses as cockroaches are known to be carriers of different types of bacteria.

Cockroaches may spread parasitic worms through their faeces. Salmonella bacteria, which mainly affect the intestinal tract and can cause diarrhoea, can also be transported through cockroaches. Eating food that has been contaminated by cockroaches with the E.coli bacteria, can cause vomiting, severe abdominal pains and bloody diarrhoea.

In other cases, ingesting food that has been exposed to cockroaches can trigger allergic reactions, as their saliva and body parts contain allergens. This can lead to asthma attacks, which can be life-threatening if left unmanaged.

Protecting Your Family from Cockroaches

Keeping your home clean and making sure to seal leftover food are only some of the best practices for protecting your home from cockroach infestations. Leaking pipes and clogged drains should also be repaired.

However, being nocturnal creatures, it is harder to detect cockroach infestations as you won’t find these pests running around the house during the day. Instead, they will be hiding under the refrigerator, stove, under floors or in the ceiling until they can come out at night to gather their food.

If you find these pests during the day, this can mean that there is already a large infestation, leaving them with no sufficient space in their nest. This is why we, at Defence Pest Management, suggest that you have your home regularly inspected before infestations worsen and cause harm to your family’s health.

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Tips for Reducing Cockroach Infestations

Cockroaches are definitely among the most common pests to ever invade the home. This coming hot summer season, you can expect these insects to once again attempt a takeover of your beloved property. There are ways for you to minimise or completely eliminate occurrence of cockroach infestation in your home. Here are few pointers to consider.

Maintain Cleanliness

You must remember that pests are there because the environment is suitable for their existence. In order to remove them from your home, you should not give them any reason to stay. One effective way to keep pests such as cockroaches out of the home is by keeping the premises completely clean. Cockroaches are mainly attracted to the food supply they find in a home. You may not be very conscious about it, but if there are always crumbs or food scraps left in the kitchen, cockroaches will roam at night, or even day time, to feed.

As a first step in removing cockroaches in your home, you will need to thoroughly clean the entire house, checking the nooks and crannies to make sure there are no pests nesting there. Before you go to bed at night, make it a point to clean the dishes and wipe clean the countertop, stove and dining table. The floor should also be free from crumbs or food scraps that will feed the cockroaches.

Food should also be stored in tight containers as thin plastic or paper containers can easily be chewed on by cockroaches.

Control Moisture

Another important factor for cockroach survival is water supply. You may notice that cockroaches thrive in areas that have high levels of moisture. One good example is an area in the house that is exposed to water pipe leaks. Cockroaches will need good water supply for their survival, so you will want to cut this water supply if you want to get rid of pest infestation.

Get Pest Control

In many cases, it will not be enough to clean and curtail the food supply of cockroaches. If the infestation has gone out of hand, it will be best for you to contact a reliable pest control company. If you are in the Brisbane area, Defence Pest Management can help you with your cockroach problem. At Defence Pest Management, we offer a comprehensive array of pest control services using advanced pest control technology. Our pest specialists are fully trained and licensed to deal with the most difficult type of cockroach infestation.

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Cockroach Breeding Cycle

We all know that insects breed quickly so it will come as no surprise to you to learn that the average lifespan of a cockroach of any breed is between 8 and 12 months. A female will usually lay about 30 batches of eggs with each batch containing approximately 10 to 40 eggs.

That’s a maximum of 1,200 eggs per female per year. Those eggs can sure mount up in the right environment.

Environment

Cockroaches like to hang out in warm, moist places in and around the kitchen such as cracks in walls, behind the fridge or dishwasher, ansy furniture that is left undisturbed, stacked magazines and paper, kitchen cupboards especially below sinks, around and under hot water systems, drains, grease traps and in the garden.

An ideal setup for a cockroach would also have a nearby water source.

Tips to Help Keep Cockroaches at Bay

Things you can do to help yourself to avoid a plague of cockroaches include:-

  • Clean up all food mess in the kitchen promptly.
  • Clean the whole house on a weekly basis.
  • Empty the kitchen rubbish regularly.
  • Clean under and behind the fridge and stove often.
  • Don’t stack magazines, boxes or paper anywhere in the house.
  • Repair any holes, gaps or cracks in the walls, skirting boards or cupboards.
  • Ensure that there are no sources of water via dripping taps, et cetera.
  • Put away pets’ food bowls that have leftover food in them.

Risk to Humans

It is believed that the cockroach can become a carrier of disease and bacteria such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus and even the polio virus.

This contamination can be done by the cockroach transmitting diseased bits of food from one site to another with their sticky and hairy legs. It may also be passed on through their disgusting habit of chewing and spewing food onto other food items.

Big Infestations Need Professional Attention

A few cockroaches may be all you think you have and perhaps you do only have a couple lurking under the fridge.

Bear in mind with the figures we have quoted above, it does not take long for a small group to expand.

Professional pest inspection specialists Defence Pest Management understand how cockroaches think and move and are able to dispatch your unwanted visitors quickly and quietly, with as little disruption to your home or office as possible.

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Cockroaches – Unwelcome Guests

Not many people are immune to the creepiness of the common household cockroach. There is something about the way they scuttle about and lurk – no one who has had a cockroach run across their hands argues about the need to keep them out of the home.

Cockroach Basics

Cockroaches form part of one of the oldest groups of insects alive today. There are around 4,500 different types of cockroaches but, fortunately for us, only about 30 of these types are known to take up residence in human structures.

A cockroach has a very simple life cycle – they start off as eggs, which then hatch into nymphs and then mature, moulting several times along the way. Some species, such as the German cockroach, can lay in the region of 300 000 eggs per year – explaining the way cockroach populations seem to explode as they do.

The Problem with Cockroaches

Even if we discount the creepy factor, cockroaches are still unwelcome guests. They can be notoriously difficult to kill – apparently they could even survive a nuclear explosion. They can carry a number of different germs and bacteria and will contaminate any food source that they can find.

They can also carry a number of allergens into your home, causing serious health problems for those sensitive to such things. They rank only second to dust in terms of causing allergies in the home.

Getting Rid of Cockroaches

If you have an infestation, you should just call in a professional pest control expert. Trying to do it yourself can end up being more expensive and pretty ineffective in the long run. Roach traps are unsightly and it can be dangerous to yourself and your family to deal with poisons.

A further problem is that you will usually only end up killing the adult cockroaches, leaving you with the same problem again when the eggs hatch. A professional will know how to deal with adults and eggs and will be able to apply toxins safely and effectively.

They will also know exactly where to look for cockroaches and will also be able to give you ideas on preventing any future outbreaks. They will also help you make your home as inhospitable to cockroaches as possible.

All in all, when you have a cockroach outbreak, it is important to deal with it effectively and as quickly as possible. With the help of a professional, this is possible.

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Top Tips For Preventing Cockroaches

In Brisbane, cockroaches are probably the most despised – and most abundant – pests that invade the home. If you already have a cockroach problem, then your best bet is to hire on a pest control company to help you with the problem. If you don’t have a problem with cockroaches, you can avoid the issue altogether by using a few key tips and tricks to keep them out of your home.

Tips For Keeping Cockroaches Out Of The Home

If you’ve just moved into a new home, the first thing you should do is have a reputable pest inspection company come out to look over the premises. Once you’ve received a clean bill of health, use the following tips to help keep the problem from occurring. It’s a lot easier to prevent cockroaches than it is to get rid of them – and a lot cheaper, too.

  • Remove Holes And Cracks – Caulking is your friend. Go around your entire home looking for cracks and holes in kickboards, windows, doors and pipes. Repair those cracks and holes so that cockroaches don’t have an easy way to get in.
  • Use Screens – Screens are very cheap to buy. Use them to cover up floor drains, vents, windows and ducts; cockroaches frequently gain entry to the home through such spots, and often use them as homes as well.
  • Keep The Area Around Your Home Clean – Make sure that there is no litter or debris strewn about outside your home. Such things can attract cockroaches and make your home look attractive to them. Keep piles of wood clear from your home, too.
  • Keep Your Home Tidy – Never allow dirty dishes or old food to sit out in your home. If crumbs or other messes occur, sweep or vacuum them up right away. Such messes can attract cockroaches to your home. Neat, tidy homes are much less likely to have cockroach problems.
  • Put Lids On Your Trashcans – Purchase a garbage bin that has a lid and use it to store trash in your house. Don’t allow the can to become overly full; empty it frequently so that there isn’t a lot of trash sitting around your home.
  • Watch Out For Leaks – Cockroaches love water. As soon as a leak occurs, it is imperative to have it taken care of immediately. Standing water will attract cockroaches and give them a good reason to hang out in your home.
  • Recycle Often – Recycling isn’t just good for the environment – it can help prevent cockroaches. Get into the habit of recycling your old paper and plastic frequently, so that it doesn’t accumulate. This will also help you keep your home neat and clean.