Cockroaches are known for spreading diseases such as Salmonella, Gastro-enteritis and Dysentery, posing serious health risks to you and your family. There have even been medical investigations linking eczema and childhood asthma to cockroach droppings, so it’s important to contact a cockroach control service if you spot an infestation.
Cockroaches are very resilient and breed rapidly, especially in the warmer months of spring and summer. At the first sign of an infestation it is essential to contact a Pest Expert to manage and eliminate cockroaches in your property. Contact Rebel Pest Professionals to arrange an expert solution, powerful enough to eliminate cockroaches in all stages of their life cycle.
Types of Cockroaches
Here’s a list of the cockroaches that you’ll most likely encounter in Newcastle and surrounds.
Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
Small species of cockroaches will leave dark droppings that look like coffee grounds. Larger species will leave bigger, cylindrical droppings that often have ridges on the side.
Nymphs (cockroach young) will shed their skin many times before they are fully grown. If you have an infestation, you may find whole or parts of the shell near their nesting spots in corners and edges of the walls.
Oothecae (egg sacs)
Oothcae are small, leathery-looking oval cases which are reddish to blackish-brown in colour. Some species of cockroaches hide their oothecae in dark places such as at the back of kitchen cupboards, under bathroom sinks or behind the couch.
You may find small brown smear marks around corners and the edges of walls. These marks are actually regurgitated food and usually occur in moist environments in your home.
Cockroaches will eat almost anything. If you find small signs of damage and random bits of organic material, like leather, paper, fabric, even toothpaste, you may have an infestation.
If you have cockroaches in your house, you may notice a faint sickly sweet, musty odour. A strong oily or musty odour may indicate a serious infestation.
Live or dead cockroaches
Cockroaches like to stay hidden and you will usually only see them if you surprise them. Remember, the cockroaches you are seeing are only a small portion of the rest that are hiding in your home.
How To Prevent Cockroaches From Entering Your Home
There are multiple ways they can gain entry through cracks, crevices, vents, sewers and pipe drains. The best way to prevent a cockroach infestation is regular monitoring and pest control by the professionals. However, there are a number of actions you can take at your property to help prevent cockroach infestations.
Eliminate food sources
German cockroaches tend to favour kitchens and can be prevented by keeping crumbs and other particles of food from accumulating in and around counters, cupboards, and electrical appliances. Store dry foods in tightly sealed containers or in sealed plastic bags and do not leave food sitting out on counters. Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets.
Clear all waste food and liquid spillage
Clean up food debris from benches, under sinks and appliances. Empty the rubbish bin on a daily basis and keep all garbage or compost in sealed bins.
Remove pet food
Remove any uneaten pet food, water bowls and litter trays before going to bed at night.
Rinse cans, bottles and plastics
Not only will this help recycling, it will also prevent cockroaches from feeding off food scraps and leftover drinks.
Cockroaches release a pheromone in their droppings telling others they have found a safe place. By removing old stacks of newspapers and magazines, unused cardboard boxes and all other forms of clutter from the floor or bottom of cupboards, you will remove any inviting spaces for cockroaches to nest in.
Varnish or paint wood shelves
Seal and wipe down wooden shelves regularly.
Seal entry points
Key risks are gaps around pipes, drains and common walls with neighbouring properties when dealing with German and American cockroaches. Even tiny cracks around skirting boards and behind electrical sockets should be plugged to reduce potential hiding areas.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
Our Cockroach Control Process
A quick response is essential to prevent cockroaches from spreading in your property and out to your neighbours. Rebel Pest Professionals are your local pest experts with all the knowledge and equipment for cockroach control. If you have cockroaches, this is the process we’ll follow:
- A pre-risk assessment will be carried out over the phone when you book your treatment. We’ll ask you about your property and specific needs, providing advice on a suitable treatment, the risks involved and instructions on what to do prior to our visit.
- A further risk assessment will be conducted by our pest experts on-site before they begin treatment. We will identify the species and extent of the issue.
- Full cockroach control including eliminating food and water sources. We will trap, spray and sanitise, especially in gaps and crevices, and may also use sticky boards.
- We will use an environmentally-friendly spray when treating the garden beds, to prevent the pesticide from leaching into the soil.
- Most cockroaches will be eliminated during this process. However, if German cockroaches are present, we will also need to use dust and gels in hiding places such as hinges, motors, wall cavities, behind fridges, under sinks, microwaves.
- After the treatment, our pest expert will advise you when it is safe to re-enter your property. We will also advise you if any further treatments will be required.