Cockroaches are a common pest found in homes and offices around the country. In Australia the 3 most common species are the German, American & Oriental Cockroach. Each with their own specificities however to the untrained eye they generally all look the same.
Cockroaches are often referred to as "garbage disposals" due to their wide range of food choices. Rotting rubbish, food scraps & spills and anything really that has been left around your home.
Cockroaches can cause allergies and also spread diseases so the importance of eradicating them as soon possible is vital to you and your family.
WHAT DO COCKROACHES LOOK LIKE?
The Cockroach has many characteristics that make them unmistakable.
Some of these include:
· Oval Shaped Body
· Six Legs
· Long Antennae protruding from the top of the body
· Flat low lying bodies which are brown to black in colour
· Wings that appear as part of the body and sit flat
DISEASES THAT CAN BE SPREAD BY COCKROACHES
It is thought that the cockroach is a carrier for a wide range of bacteria that is harmful to you and your family. The most common of these can be Salomonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and in extreme cases the cockroach can also harbor viruses such as the Polio Virus.
Similar to the household fly the Cockroach is not a fussy eater and will feed on anything from rubbish, food spills even faecal matter. All of which is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses.
Once Cockroaches have made themselves comfortable in your home they will start to breed. A female Cockroach on average will lay from 10-40 eggs at a time. When these hatch your infestation will be very hard to avoid with the constant cycle continuing.
COMMON PLACES FOR COCKROACHES TO HIDE
Cockroaches are very sneaky little pests that like dark humid areas to set up their base. They prefer to live in kitchens and other areas of your home where food preparation occurs due to the abundance of food and also the easy access to water.
Some examples of common areas where cockroaches will be found include:
· Cracks in walls
· Behind the refrigerator or in a back area of the pantry
· Underneath piles of magazines or newspapers
· Back corners of kitchen cupboards
· Underneath sinks
· In drains
· Moist garden beds close to the structure of your home
If you think you may have cockroaches in your home we can help. Our Qualified Technicians will put your mind at ease and ensure the quick eradication and prevention of infestation of your home.
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