Cockroach Control Melbourne

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Cockroach Control in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs

Cockroach infestations within your home or commercial premises will require a professional pest treatment. We have expert knowledge in the identification of each cockroach species and will provide an effective treatment solution.

Cockroaches may become pests in homes, schools, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and virtually in any structure that has food preparation or storage areas. They contaminate food and eating utensils, destroy fabric and paper products, and impart stains and unpleasant odours to surfaces they contact.


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People are repulsed when they find cockroaches in their homes and kitchens. Cockroaches (especially the American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings) may transmit bacteria that cause food poisoning (Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp.). German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., hepatitis virus, and coliform bacteria. They also have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery. Indoor infestations of cockroaches are an important source of allergens and risk for asthma among some populations. The levels of cockroaches and allergens are directly related to cockroach density, housing disrepair, and sanitary conditions.

Cockroaches are most likely to infest places that provide abundant food, water and shelter. Cockroaches eat almost any animal or vegetable material, including paper, fabric, leather, starches and grease particles.

Cockroaches are mostly nocturnal. Cockroach activity during the day may indicate a large infestation. They congregate together, and frequently groom themselves. This behaviour is exploited by pest control methods such as pesticide dusts, which contact the feet or body of the cockroach and become ingested during grooming.

Cockroach eggs are enclosed in a purse-shaped egg case, which may be carried, dropped or glued to a surface. When hatched, the nymphs congregate with adult cockroaches and mature after a number of moults. The number of nymphal moults, time taken for maturation and the adult lifespan depends on the species of cockroach.

Effective cockroach control

Effective cockroach control in Melbourne requires attention to the following four points to be successful.

  • Thorough inspection of the infested area
  • Reducing access to food, water and shelter, including:
    – maintaining high standards of hygiene
    – limiting water availability by removing unnecessary containers of water and repairing leaky taps and pipes
    – storing food in sealed, airtight containers and keeping garbage bins tightly closed
    – sealing cracks and crevices where possible.
  • Application of pesticides to areas that will target the cockroaches.
  • Continual monitoring and maintenance of hygiene

Cockroach Species In Australia

American cockroach

american cockroach(Periplaneta americana) American cockroaches are the largest common pest species of cockroach, reaching 35-40 millimetres in length. They are reddish-brown in colour with a pale yellow border around the upper part of the thorax and pale legs. They have wings and males can be distinguished from females as their wings extend beyond the tip of the abdomen. American cockroaches are capable of flying short distances in warm conditions. Females produce up to 50 large egg capsules in their lifetime, each containing 12 to 16 eggs. They usually carry these around for about 2 days, then drop them or glue them to surfaces close to food and water. Nymphal development takes 6-12 months and the adult lifespan is 6-12 months. American cockroaches prefer to feed on decaying organic matter, but will eat most other organic foods, including paper and clothing (particularly if soiled). Their desire for fermented liquids, such as beer, is very strong. They will often travel for food, but adults with a water source can survive for 2-3 months without it.

Australian Cockroach

australian cockroach controlAustralian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae) These are darkish-brown cockroaches, about 35 millimetres long with yellow markings on the upper part of the thorax and on the fore margins of the forewings. Females produce up to 20 egg cases, each containing up to 24 eggs. Development takes 6-12 months and adults live for 4-8 months. Australian cockroaches are most commonly found in warm sub-tropical to tropical environments and usually live outside in greenhouses, in and around shrubs and trees, around woodpiles and under bark or leaf litter in gardens. They sometimes come indoors and will inhabit subfloor, wall and roof voids. They prefer food of plant origin, becoming a pest when they enter homes and eat holes in clothing and books.

German Cockroach

german cockroach control(Blatella germanica) German cockroaches are amber in colour,12-15 millimetres long when fully grown, with two dark longitudinal stripes.They have wings that extend beyond the abdomen but do not appear to fly. They are the most prolific breeder of the pest cockroaches; generally having three to four generations per year, with up to 40 offspring per generation. They take as little as 40 days to develop from hatchling to adult. Adults often carry egg sacs. German cockroaches will eat almost any organic material, ranging from crumbs to built-up grease. They can survive for up to a month without food, provided water is available.

German cockroaches congregate in warm, undisturbed areas of high humidity. Most infestations are found in kitchens. Cockroaches may be found under sinks, in and under cupboards and drawers, and around electrical equipment. They hide in cracks and crevices during the day and feed at night. Sightings in other areas of the house, for example, bedrooms, may indicate a large infestation.

Oriental Cockroach

oriental cockroach(Blatta orientalis) Oriental cockroaches are of medium size (20-25 millimetres long) and are uniformly dark brown to black. Male wings cover most of the abdomen, female wings are reduced, and nymphs have no wings. These cockroaches generally do not fly. The female may produce up to 14 egg cases in her lifetime, each containing up to 16 eggs. She carries her egg case around for about one day before gluing it to a surface. Nymphal development may take 6-18 months and adults live for 3-6 months. Oriental cockroaches prefer cool climates and are often found outdoors under leaf litter and bark, in damp subfloors and around drainage systems. They are relatively sluggish and are usually located at or below ground level in buildings where they eat a range of decaying organic matter. Starches and books may also be attacked.

Smokybrown Cockroach

smokeybrown cockroach control(Periplaneta fuliginosa) Smokybrown cockroaches are about 30 millimetres long, a shiny dark brown-black colour and fully winged. Egg cases contain up to 26 eggs and are dropped or glued to surfaces. When hatched, nymphs take 6-12 months to develop to adulthood. Adults live for 6-12 months, during which time females produce up to 17 egg cases. Smokybrown cockroaches are susceptible to losing moisture through their cuticle, and so are usually found in damp, dark, poorly ventilated environments. They rarely infest the dwelling parts of buildings and are instead found in sheds, wall and roof voids, subfloors, mulched areas, and in and around grease traps and drains. They prefer food of plant origin and are therefore often a pest in greenhouses, nurseries and gardens. They can fly short distances in warm weather and are often attracted to lights at night.

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    Cockroach Control FAQ’s

    Have cockroaches appeared in your home or business premises? No doubt you have some questions about Cockroach control and prevention. Here are the most common cockroach questions people ask our Melbourne pest control experts.

    If I see one cockroach does it mean I have an infestation?

    There is certainly more than one cockroach, cockroach egg sacks will produce anywhere from 16-50 baby cockroaches. The extent of your problem will largely depend on the cockroach species and what their usual habitat is. German Cockroaches, which are usually found in commercial kitchens will explode in numbers if left untreated. Garden variety cockroaches like the Common Shining Cockroach, which is very common around Melbourne homes, will mostly live in organic matter in the garden and may come inside during long periods of dry weather.

    Are cockroaches dangerous to my health?

    Cockroaches in and around your home can be a nuisance and for some people they will cause anxiety. Cockroaches can trigger allergies and spread pathogens that contribute to variety of diseases. The bacteria they carry on their legs and body can easily be spread on food and utensils. While the risk of cockroaches causing a disease in your home is unlikely there is still a risk.

    Can I get rid of cockroaches using gel baits?

    There are many types of cockroach baits available to consumers, some can be applied directly with a tube and others are placed around the home in a bait station. Baits alone are usually not an adequate control measure on their own and should be combined with other treatment solutions for best results.

    How do you control cockroaches?

    Our treatment will depend on where the cockroach issue is around your home and the species of cockroach that is invading your property. The treatment involves using liquid pesticides, insecticide dusts and baits if necessary. Our technician is skilled in identifying cockroach harbourages and will decide the best treatment solution.

    Is a chemical treatment safe for my family and pets?

    Pesticides can be dangerous when applied incorrectly and not in accordance with the product label directions. There are exclusion period requirements for people and pets to remain away from treated areas until liquid products have completely dried. By engaging us you are assured that a licenced pest control technician will carry out a treatment that is safe for your family and pests.

    Do I have to prepare our home for cockroach treatment?

    Yes, there is preparation needed prior to applying treatments in and around your home. We provide instructions once a booking is made.

    Do you provide a warranty with your treatments?

    We don’t provide warranties with cockroach treatments, we provide a “Free Service Period”. The word ‘warranty’ leads people to believe that the treated pest will not return for a set period of time. We can’t eradicate nature; we manage pests around your property. If you experience a return of cockroaches around your property, we will return within a 6-month period to re-treat the locations where pest activity has returned.

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