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There are over 3,500 species of cockroaches found throughout the world and when it comes to Australian households they are unfortunately like an annoying visitor who refuses to leave
So we can help you identify what each looks like, see below for a brief description on each:
Cockroaches can prove to be a serious health hazard to humans mainly because they eat a wide variety of food. Studies conducted reveal that they can spread serious disease to both adults and children including Salmonella and gastroenteritis. Some common characteristics of cockroaches that will help you identify them are their oval-shaped bodies, legs (six in total), antennae and flat bodies. You will generally find cockroaches in warmer, humid conditions which is why you will often see a rise in cockroach activity around the Spring and Summer seasons. It is quite common for areas such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to find cockroaches in places like kitchens, pantries, kitchen cupboards, underneath sinks and gardens. The reason for this is that these areas are the best place to access food, crumbs, food spills and leftover food. And interestingly cockroaches can live for several weeks without their heads! According to research, the head isn’t of real importance so a cockroach’s legs can continue to respond and operate despite the absence of the head.
SIGNS OF COCKROACHES IN YOUR HOME
There are several indicators that you can use to determine if your home or business has a cockroach problem. One of the more obvious signs is roach feces. Cockroaches tend to eat almost anything and everything including food, garbage and plants. Due to their high metabolism, roaches will then often leave traces of droppings.
Some other signs of cockroaches include:
HOW TO GET RID OF COCKROACHES
The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to deny them all the pleasures they indulge in. Cockroaches are scavengers so preventing them getting to food and water is the most common way to fight off an infestation. By restricting their food and denying them water, they will be forced to go elsewhere otherwise they will die. Other conventional ways of getting rid of cockroaches include:
Traps can be purchased from any hardware store and work by luring cockroaches before trapping them, making them unable to escape. Baits are another handy way to get rid of cockroaches, however, any of these methods will only be temporary. If you have an infestation or if there is a nest of cockroaches nearby you will then need a professional such as Safe Pest Control.
FAQS – COCKROACHES
More often than not if you see cockroaches during the day then it is a sure sign you have an infestation on your hands. The reason for this is because cockroaches are naturally nocturnal creatures, meaning they prefer dark places to hide and breed. Q: Where are cockroaches commonly found? A: Australia isn’t immune to cockroaches, in fact, they are found throughout the world. Cockroaches like to live in warm, humid conditions so they are commonly found in buildings and homes close to food and water.
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