The five main species of cockroaches prevalent in Sydney are American Cockroaches, German Cockroaches, Smokey Brown Cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches and Australian Cockroaches. German Cockroaches being the most common and economically destructive. Micropest pest control Sydney utilizes safe, environmentally friendly and pet friendly cockroach control treatments that are water based, odorless and don't stain.
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Cockroaches are a common but highly undesirable pest that may cause damage to your home and possessions. Worldwide there are around 4,500 species of cockroach, although only about 30 of these are commonly found in human dwellings. The majority of these 30 species do not pose a problem to humans, but there are four that are commonly considered to be particularly problematic.In Sydney, the most common types of cockroaches are German Cockroaches, Australian Cockroaches, American Cockroaches, Smoky Brown Cockroaches and Oriental Cockroaches.
Cockroaches and their habitats
Cockroaches thrive in warm humid environments which explains why they are so drawn to buildings and built-up areas—and in particular areas such as kitchens. Some tropical species of cockroach have limited distribution, because ambient household temperatures may be too cool for them. However, cockroaches are famously known as one of the hardiest insects on the planet, and with good reason. Some varieties can go without food for a month without food, and can feed on marginal food sources.
Disease transmission and cockroaches
Although cockroaches are commonly perceived as disease-ridden, the likelihood of a cockroach transmitting a disease is actually quite low. In fact, in developed countries such transmission is a fairly rare occurrence; in part because in such countries bathroom areas are typically kept well away from food preparation areas. Transmission may be more of an issue in developing countries where these practices may not be commonly followed.
Cockroaches are perhaps seen as an indicator of poor hygiene because they can often be found in food preparation or storage areas, and may be particularly prevalent where foodstuffs have not been adequately cleaned away, or where traces of food and cooking products may be found. This is not always the case especially with German cockroaches , they are introduced into the house or food shop by bringing in grocery's or takeaway food from other shops or locations. The eggs or baby cockroaches are hiding in the food packaging and once in your house they will breed prolifically. Cockroaches are known for leaving an unappealing odour, and may trigger reactions such as asthma in some individuals.
Cockroaches and chemical trails
Like ants, cockroaches emit special chemicals in their wake. These chemicals are used as a signal to entice other cockroaches to follow them, and can result in cockroach “swarms” and serious infestations within a household or building. For this reason, it is advisable to always maintain good hygiene practices and to keep food preparation and storage areas tidy, as doing so can help decrease the appeal of an area for cockroaches.
There are a number of basic measures homeowners can use to identify cockroaches in the home. If a cockroach infestation is suspected, a thorough inspection of the area should be undertaken. Areas that should be inspected include kitchens, basements, sinks and dishwashers, microwaves and ovens, floor areas, and drawers. Cockroach glue traps can then be used to confirm cockroach activity.
Once an infestation has been confirmed, cockroaches can be managed by removing sources of food or water where possible, and by reducing the accessibility of hiding spaces. An environmentally friendly way of trying to eliminate cockroach infestations is by introducing a dehumidifier into their environment.Cockroaches like a humid environment.
However, because cockroaches are notoriously difficult to eliminate entirely, the services of an expert pest controller are highly recommended. A pest control expert can help to identify less obvious hiding places, and to put in place a comprehensive cockroach management plan.Depending on the species of cockroach a baiting system or residual treatment may be required.
History of Cockroaches
With some 350 or 400 million years of history to their name, cockroaches are one of the oldest species on the planet. Given their hardy nature and their prevalence around the world, it's no surprise that people often joke that they could survive a nuclear holocaust.
The name cockroach is said to derive from the Spanish “cucaracha”, but these creepy crawlies have a much longer etymological history. One of their earlier names was “lucifuga”, meaning “to shun light”. This apt description refers to most cockroaches' nocturnal habits: very few cockroaches respond positively to light sources.
Cockroaches have remained relatively unchanged throughout their evolutionary history, and although there are some 7,500 varieties of cockroach worldwide, there are clear similarities between these species. One aspect of cockroach physiology that has changed over the years is the way in which the cockroach lays and carries its eggs. Once, like crickets and locusts, the cockroach had an ovipositor, or egg depositor, that was visible. Over time, however, this egg depositor has shrunk. This change is thought to have facilitated the immense breeding capacity of cockroaches. Where cockroaches perhaps once laid a single egg, they may now lay up to 40 or so with each egg deposit.
Stories about cockroaches abound, with cockroaches found in history throughout the ages. And as the appearance and habits of cockroaches have remained fairly unchanged throughout the ages, so have humans' perceptions of them. Cockroaches remain a pest associated with pestilence and poor hygiene, and are seen as hungry scavengers.
Despite cockroaches' typically negative perception in history, some cultures have historically used cockroaches for medicinal purposes, with cockroaches being ground or boiled as part of a cure for various illnesses. Some cultures have also used cockroaches as part of a medicinal tea.
Different cultures have different ways of managing cockroaches: in Asia, for example, Pandan leaves are used to repel cockroaches. Other approaches involve creating special ‘cockroach traps’ where the cockroach is enticed inside, and then unable to escape.
Given the spread of the cockroach throughout the world, the history of cockroaches is a curious one, and the fact that cockroaches have remained so unchanged over millions of years offers some fascinating food for thought..
German cockroaches are one of the most problematic types of cockroach varieties found in Sydney. This variety of cockroach breeds rapidly and due to its small size is able to go undetected for long periods of time, during which time it may reach pest proportions. German cockroaches are also one of the most difficult types of cockroach varieties to manage and exterminate.
German cockroaches: appearance
German cockroaches typically grow to 1.3-1.6 centimetres in length, and range in colour from tan through to a very dark brown. They have two distinctive dark bands running the length of their head.
German cockroaches: where to find them
This variety of cockroach is most at home in warmer climates, and prefers heated environments such as households, restaurants and supermarkets, and warehouses. They are invariably found in areas where there is easy access to food and moisture, and having infested a building they will usually make their home around food preparation areas or in bathrooms. Common hiding areas include pantries, cupboards, and beneath cooking appliances. They are nocturnal, and during the day will find a small nook or cranny in which to hide.The most common area in the kitchen to find german cockroaches is the behind the refrigerator.
German cockroaches: the breeding cycle
German cockroaches breed extremely quickly, meaning that they can become a problem in a very short amount of time. The female of the species lives for up to six months, and lays around 40 eggs at a time. With the growth cycle of a German cockroach being only a month, it's possible for a cockroach population to reach up to a hundred thousand within a year. This variety of cockroach breeds more prolifically in warm environments, so areas where temperatures of 25 degrees and up are common may suffer from cockroach plagues.
Managing German cockroaches
German cockroaches often enter premises along with packaged items or foodstuffs. Care should be taken when transporting these items, and in the subsequent storage of these items. Because this variety of cockroach needs to be close to a food or water source to survive, fixing potential leaks and practicing good food storage and hygiene is a good first step in cockroach management.
Because German cockroaches are one of the most challenging cockroach varieties to deal with, calling an expert pest controller is recommended. For more information about dealing with cockroaches, contact us today.
Despite its name, the Australian cockroach is an introduced species that may have originally come from Asia. Though prevalent in Australia, it is also commonly found in other areas with warm climates. Its introduction to a variety of countries is thought to be due to the species traveling in shipping containers or other vessels.
Australian cockroaches: appearance
The Australian cockroach is quite large in appearance, and with its tan body, resembles a slightly smaller version of the American cockroach. Visually it can be differentiated from the American cockroach by the yellow streaks near its wings, and by the yellow outline on its head.
Australian cockroaches: where to find them
Australian cockroaches prefer mild climates, and are often found in humid, warm areas. They may be found in cooler areas provided there is ample heating. Unlike many other varieties of cockroach, Australian cockroaches can and do fly, which allows them to easily travel from place to place and make their home somewhere new. They are often found around bins, pet bowls, and other areas where food can readily be accessed. Other areas of concern include roof areas, and below-floor areas.
Australian cockroaches: the breeding cycle
Australian cockroaches breed quickly, particularly in very warm areas. The female lives up to six months, and as the growth cycle of an Australian cockroach is around 40 days, an infestation can become problematic very quickly.
Managing Australian cockroaches
Because Australian cockroaches thrive when food is left out, some simple steps towards managing their numbers include throwing away old pet food rather than leaving it out over night, and ensuring that rubbish bins are kept closed and are regularly emptied. Because Australian cockroaches can fly, keeping windows, doors, and other access points closed can help. Fly screens are a must have.
If you're struggling to manage an Australian cockroach infestation, you may need to consult with a professional pest controller. Licensed pest controllers are able to make use of chemical control approaches to help manage existing infestations and prevent breeding and re-infestation. They can also provide valuable advice about roach-proofing your home or business premises against future infestations. Contact us today for more information about managing Australian cockroaches.
A large variety of cockroach, American cockroaches are also known as “water bugs”. Despite its name, the American cockroach was introduced to America from Africa. The American cockroach thrives in warm climates, and is commonly found throughout Australia.
American cockroaches: appearance
American cockroaches are notable for their size; the average specimen is around 4cm in length. Like the Australian cockroach they are reddish-brown in colour, and have a yellow highlight in their head area. American cockroaches are a winged species, with adults exhibiting a full set of wings. Young American cockroaches do not develop wings until maturity.
American cockroaches: where to find them
Despite their size, these cockroaches move extremely quickly, and can man oeuvre beneath doors and into fairly small cracks. They prefer damp, humid areas, and typically live in environments where temperatures average a minimum of 29 degrees. They can be found in sewers and drains, in large cracks or nooks around a building's foundations or beneath a building. American cockroaches are scavengers that prefer organic matter.
American cockroaches: the breeding cycle
This species of cockroach is long-lived, with females living up to 1.5 years. The growth cycle of an American cockroach is around 6-8 weeks, and in optimum environments this species can breed very quickly. However, as they are so large, they are often identified and dealt with before they reach plague proportions.
Managing American cockroaches
Problematic infestations of American cockroaches in residential buildings are uncommon. This is partly because their large size means that they are more readily captured and dealt with. Their preference for warm temperatures also slows their development. As American cockroaches tend to enter buildings via plumbing infrastructure, building foundations, or beneath doors, stopping up these areas can help manage initial infestations. Insecticides can also be effective, and these should be applied by a qualified expert.
If you suspect that you have an infestation of American cockroaches or any other species it's worth contacting a professional pest controller for comprehensive advice about how to manage the issue in both the short-term and long-term. Our team is experienced in managing cockroaches, so for more information about how to keep your Sydney home or business pest free, contact us today.
A distinctive-looking species of cockroach, the Oriental cockroach is somewhat unusual in that it prefers cooler environments. With their preference for damp areas, Oriental cockroaches are a common pest throughout not just Sydney, but Australia more generally, and in a variety of areas around the world.
Oriental cockroaches: appearance
The Oriental cockroach is typically around 2.5cm in length, and is a glossy dark brown or black in colour. The male of the species has long, functional wings, while the female has very short wings that cannot be used for flight. The female has a wider body than the male.
Oriental cockroaches: where to find them
Oriental cockroaches thrive in cool, damp areas, and are common in temperate climates. They are often found outside in the garden or in rubbish bins, and may also make their home around drains and sewers. Inside, they are most commonly found beneath the floor of a building. Other cool areas such as pipes, paths, basements, and building foundations are also a popular habitat for these cockroaches.
Oriental cockroaches: the breeding cycle
Oriental cockroaches breed relatively slowly when compared with other cockroaches. The female lays eggs cases each containing around 16 eggs apiece, and these cases take about two months to hatch.
Managing Oriental cockroaches
Oriental cockroaches have much higher moisture demands than other cockroaches, and removing water sources and keeping your property dry can go a long way towards deterring this variety of roach. However, pesticides tend not to be especially effective on Oriental cockroaches as they tend to wash away with the rain or morning dew. Oriental cockroaches can also be difficult to identify, as they make their home in damp and out-of-the-way places, and their dark carapace provides good camouflage. Oriental cockroaches like to feed on starchy foodstuffs, so keeping these foods carefully packaged can help.
Because Oriental cockroaches often reside outdoors, using a qualified pest controller is recommended to help manage an infestation. An experienced, licensed pest controller can help develop a thorough plan of attack against Oriental cockroaches, and will know how most effectively, and safely, to apply pesticide agents. For more information about pest control for Oriental cockroaches, contact us today.
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