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Cockroach Pest Control

Cockroaches in Melbourne

Cockroaches are among the oldest insects to have lived on this planet, and they can thrive pretty much anywhere. That makes them dangerous pests, so it pays to know them well in order to rid our homes, offices and factories of them.

Cockroaches form one of Melbourne’s major pests, adapting to live practically anywhere - sewage pipes, inside kitchen cupboards, in cracks in walls, electrical ducts, etc. These types are common in Melbourne

  1. American (Periplaneta americana)
  2. Australian (Periplaneta australasiae)
  3. Australian (Periplaneta australasiae)

    These are the big roaches (2-4 cm), they like buildings, and can fly.

  4. German (Blattella germanica)
  5. Oriental (Blatta orientalis)

These are much smaller, invasive species, and get everywhere and into everything. Extremely hardy, cockroaches adapt well to residential or commercial properties, and will eat anything organic, including rotten food and electrical insulation. They need dark, warm and humid places, which humanity has in abundance:

  • American (Periplaneta americana)
  • Cracks and Crevices in restaurant & home kitchens, pantries/larders, food stores, food trucks etc
  • Kitchen sinks, toilets, bathrooms and water cisterns
  • Gaps under the flooring, spaces in the roof, cavities in walls

Apart from these, there are many native Australian species that do not usually infest homes.

Damage from Cockroaches

  • Cockroaches contaminate everything they touch with their excreta, which can trigger food poisoning and allergies.
  • They are carriers of pathogenic bacteria including Salmonella, Clostridium welchii and Staphylococci.
  • As cockroaches moult several times as they grow, their discarded skin can trigger severe allergies including asthma.
  • Cockroaches lay eggs on foods, and can spread throughout a community quickly, triggering an epidemic.
  • Finally, a single cockroach noticed in your house will cause its value to plummet.

Signs of Cockroach Infestation

  • Droppings: cockroaches leave tiny black droppings everywhere they go.
  • Smears: in wet places, roaches leave brown and irregular shaped smears.
  • Moults: roaches moult 5-8 times as they grow, leaving behind bits of translucent skin
  • Micro-damages: roaches will bite anything organic, including plastic, leather and books.
  • Foul odours: if an infestation has progressed too far, the room will give off a lasting and musty smell.
  • Live roaches: This is a sign that the infestation is severe and the roaches are now coming out in daytime or when the room is lit.

Preventing Cockroach Infestations

  • Seal all cracks, and ensure any possible shelter is either plugged or treated with pesticide.
  • Keep all food sealed, and throw away spoilt food in sealed bags only.
  • Keep damp away: Wipe tables and benches immediately after spills. If there is leakage anywhere in your house, causing water to accumulate, have a plumber fix it.
  • Vacuum everything: a clean home offers no shelter to a cockroach.
  • Inspect daily every dark and damp place: under sinks, stoves & kitchen appliances, behind & under fridges and dishwashers, basements and cellars. Inspect any gaps in flooring, walls or roofs. Keep an eye out for cockroach eggs, droppings and skin.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation and light. Cockroaches cannot thrive in airy and lit spaces.

Effective Roach Control and Removal

Off the shelf pesticides are often ineffective, and toxic to users. In case of a cockroach infestation, you need to call in the pros. Here’s why

  • A trained pest controller will identify the species of cockroach, and therefore be able to identify their refuges
  • Pest control service professionals know the effective & permanent methods to block all refuges
  • Your pest control person knows the tricks to bait the roaches out of their hiding places
  • Pest controllers also know what methods and chemicals to use to exterminate not only adult cockroaches, but all nymphs and eggs
  • Finally, your pest control service provider will proof your home against further infestation

Give us a Call
When you hire Protech Pest Control, we first inspect your house and its surroundings for the species of roach and their shelters. We will then exterminate the pests using chemical and non-chemical methods, clean out droppings, eggs and skin, sanitise all possible roach refuges and recommend other actions you need to take We provide a full-service warranty of upto a year, so you get a free service if the insects are back.

Call us from anywhere in Melbourne on 1300 780 980

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