No one likes an uninvited guest in their homes or offices, particularly the creepy crawly kind.Cockroaches are incredibly common in Australia; however, this does not mean that we have to put up with them.
There are many different species of cockroaches; the ones more commonly found here are the Oriental and German variety. You will recognise the German cockroach for its brown colour and it is smaller than the Oriental which is quite dark brown.
Either way, we are all familiar with what these nasty little guys look like with their twitchy antennae and oval shaped bodies. The site of them can bring forth shrieks from some and disgust in others. In short, nobody likes to see them.
Health risks of cockroaches
Any bug that spends time crawling around in the dark, dusty, filthy corners of your home can hardly be clean. We are well aware that cockroaches feed off food scraps, including whatever may be rotting in your outside or inside bins.
They are also not above eating faecal matter. What’s more, after they have eaten the good food and anything else putrid they can find, then vomit and defecate on our food.
Here’s the fun part; the bacteria they have ingested can stay in the cockroach for months or years at a time, and they have just unloaded it onto the food you plan to eat.
For this reason, it is likely that they can cause a number of health upsets such as gastroenteritis, salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. It is also believed that they can cause allergies in some people and can harbour the polio virus.
Life and times of a cockroach
Cockroaches live up to 12 months and females lay from 10 to 40 eggs at a time. They thrive in humid and hot conditions, which is why the warmer the climate the more we tend to see them.
Cracks in walls, kitchen cupboards, under sinks, in drains, gardens and more are the places you will find cockroaches making their home. Kitchens of course are their most favourite because it means they are not far from food and water sources.
A tidy home makes it harder for cockroaches to live and breed. Clean all food preparation areas well, empty rubbish often and clean under items such as appliances, et cetera. However, the best prevention and treatment method is by organising the service of professional building and pest inspections.
At Twinspectors we can offer annual building and pest inspections to ensure your home is not overrun with cockroaches in conjunction with you taking appropriate measures in-between times.
Should we find any signs of these uninvited guests, we will then discuss with you the appropriate methods to rectify the issue. Check us out online today and let Twinspectors take care of your home with you.