Cockroaches around your home

Cockroaches may be the most disliked pest of them all, and for good reason. Like rats & mice, cockroaches are a great spreader of germs and disease. Most common cockroach species can thrive in and around the home, particularly in warm, moist areas with a nearby food supply such as kitchens. Eliminating excess moisture, rubbish and sealing cracks and crevices can help in reducing cockroaches numbers around your home.

4 common cockroaches around your home

  • German cockroach
  • A small, fast moving and invasive cockroach. The German cockroach is one of the most common cockroaches in both residential and commercial environments where serious infestations occur. Thriving in kitchen environments, particularly in the motors of appliances such as your fridge and dishwasher, it is easy for these cockroaches to breed quickly with ample nearby food and moisture and spread disease. If you are seeing small cockroaches scattering into the depths of your kitchen when you open your cupboards or move something off the bench top, it is very likely you have the start of what can become a severe infestation. Professional help from an experienced pest controller such as The Pest Partners should be engaged.

  • American cockroach
  • The largest of the common household cockroaches, the American cockroach can reach infestation levels quite quickly, with a typical egg case containing 16 cockroach nymphs (baby cockroaches). These cockroaches are often found thriving in environments such as around hot water units, beneath buildings and in voids around your home.

  • The Australian cockroach
  • Similar in look to the American cockroach, the Australian cockroach is found more often outside of your home and has an appetite for plant based foods and materials. Often found beneath garden material, the Australian cockroach can sometimes make its way in doors where it will begin to live and reproduce. Despite its name, the Australian cockroach is not a native cockroach.

  • Smoky brown cockroach
  • The smoky brown cockroach usually thrives in external garden areas and around trees and landscaping. Making their way into your home at night, Smoky brown cockroaches have a habit of leaving droppings and regurgitated saliva containing harmful bacteria. If you have recently updated your landscaping, added mulch or have neighbours who have then you are more likely to see smoky brown cockroaches around your home.

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