Cockroaches are high risk pest to have in your home.
Cockroaches breed rapidly, carry a range of serious illnesses and are a nuisance for home owners. This is why allrid responds quickly with effective cockroach treatments for commercial and residential properties to halt the spread of cockroaches on the premises.
The health implications from these pests stem from the fact that cockroaches move freely from areas that may harbour pathogenic organisms: for example, from sewers to food or food preparation surfaces.
The typical signs of a cockroach problem are:
Seeing live insects – cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day. You will most likely see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night.
- Seeing live insects – cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day. You will most likely see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night.
- Egg cases and cast skins – cockroaches shed their skin 5-8 times as they mature.
- Droppings – cockroaches leave a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.
- Odour – established cockroach infestations produce an unpleasant, musty smell.
- Damage – cockroaches will attack organic goods including leather and books.
A cockroach treatment requires an inspection of the premises and the application of a gel bait to areas such as the corner of cupboards, behind the fridge or in bathrooms.
Another option is a chemical spray application to the skirting and other hiding places that the cockroach is likely to cross during foraging.
Insecticides remain the most common control method and these are usually applied as sprays to the cockroaches’ hiding places and breeding areas.
For German cockroaches, this would involve crack and crevice treatments, particularly to kitchens and bathrooms but often to bedrooms and living rooms.
For American and other peridomestic cockroaches it would also involve treatment to under-floor and wall and ceiling spaces, drains and some garden areas. Gels are newer formulations that are being used with good results.
Gels are a combination of insecticide, food, attractants and water, which rely on the natural foraging and feeding behaviour of the cockroach. They involve less insecticide use and disruption to the human occupants. They are applied by means of a gel gun and they appear to control an infestation as effectively as or better than sprays.
There are two common species found in the home:
|German Cockroach – 5/8”
Also known as the “croton bug” the German roach is brown in color with 2 dark stripes on thorax. The wings are as long as the body or slightly overlapping in both sexes, despite this they prefer to run or climb. It prefers moist environments such as kitchen cabinets and bathrooms.
|American Cockroach – 1 ½”
Also known as the palmetto bug, the American Cockroach is reddish brown in color and has a pale yellow area around the perimeter of the pronotum. These cockroaches tend to be found in dark, undisturbed areas that are high in humidity.