Sydney’s residents are probably the ones most prone to hating cockroaches as the city is known for its critters living happily among the crowd inside household gadgets, old newspapers or behind fridges and stacks of bed linen. The unwelcomed guests bring fear and hatred to the tenants as the big insects scuttle about the home at night looking for food. Residential pest control has been asked to help with the cities pest management and there has been a lot of communication between the local government, food authorities and scientists whether there are suburbs that are less frequented by cockroaches in order to establish a statistical record, which will definitely be of interest by architects and especially real estate people.
The capital of NSW holds the perfect weather conditions for cockroaches, as they prefer their environment to be warm and humid. Especially in Sydney’s central business district, a large population of cockroaches can be seen as the insects will forage for food in high-density buildings and succeed as they preferably nest in the adjacent apartment walls and wander off from there. Australia is home to about 450 species of cockroaches but the most common ones in urban areas are the German, American, Australian and Asian cockroaches. The insects are prolific breeders and can develop quickly into an infestation as the females are able to lay up to 100.000 eggs a year.
The insects creep people out because of their rapid movements and their nocturnal ways, lurking in dark places and run across somebody’s body part when startled. As cockroaches like to live near their food sources, they are often found in compost heaps, rubbish bins and kitchens causing a health threat to the inhabitants as the critters are likely to carry germs on their bodies and pass them on to humans. Salmonella and food poisoning have been linked to the appearance of cockroaches as well as gastroenteritis and even hepatitis A. The diseases can be transmitted by the critter running over the dirty ground and then sitting on a plate with leftover food that is still to be eaten or contaminate the food preparation area in general.
This type of household pest can eat almost anything; hence cleanliness is the best way to shoo these unwanted visitors away. In high-density places, with lots of kitchens and pantries, there will be a bigger population of these pests showing, as these creatures are scavenger feeders. But of course, it is almost impossible to keep everything clean from behind the fridge to the stove to the garbage lid and a lot of times cockroach pest control is called to clean the place only to get rid of the image of having a dirty household.
To avoid cockroaches in your own house it is advisable to keep all food areas clean and wipe any food residue away quickly. Furthermore, you should mop and clean regularly underneath appliances such as toaster, fridge and stove. Pet bowls should be cleaned once the pet has eaten to avoid food leftovers or spills and rubbish bins emptied regularly. As cockroaches need a water supply, dripping tabs should be fixed and no newspapers and magazines left lying about for the insects to nest in. Cabinets holding clothes and kitchen pantries should be cleaned also and cracks and gaps in walls repaired to prevent the cockroaches from entering homes.
If you want to guarantee a long-term solution to keep the cockroaches out and prevent an infestation, don’t hesitate to call your residential pest control service for an appointment. They will detect the cockroaches’ nets and monitor them closely to work out a plan on how to get rid of them and which chemical pesticides are advisable for best results and effectiveness.