Complete Cockroach Control – Newcastle and Hunter Valley
Cockroaches are dirty, disgusting and let’s face it, a little embarrassing.
As cockroaches carry a range of diseases – including Salmonella and E.coli – and are known to be a major cause of asthma in children, it’s important that any cockroach problem is eliminated quickly and completely.
“Remember for every cockroach you see, there are 20 you don’t see!”
For a rapid and complete solution to your cockroach problem call the experts at Rebel Pest Professionals.
How we get rid of cockroaches
As with all our pest treatments we start with a thorough inspection to fully understand the nature of the problem. Identification of the cockroach species causing the problem and potential hiding spots are vital for us to determine the best cockroach treatment.
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 and other electrical appliances.
- 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.
Our professional cockroach treatments
Generally speaking the type of treatment we carry out will depend on whether we are dealing with a large cockroach species (which typically live outside, under the house or in the drains) or small cockroach species, which only live inside.
With large cockroach species we try to eliminate any cockroaches inside the house and prevent further cockroaches entering the building. Cockroach sprays and powders will be the main component of our treatment.
For small cockroach species, such as the German cockroach, it is important to identify all the cockroach hiding places and eliminate the entire population. Cockroach baits (cockroach gels) and dusts will be the main products for small cockroaches.
Cockroach spray and powder treatments
Large cockroaches will generally live in the rood void, the sub-floor (if you have one), in drains, bins and the garden around your home. We will treat these areas with a long lasting spray and blow insecticide powder into the roof void and sub-floor to eliminate the cockroaches and provide long lasting protection. We will also carry out a treatment around the perimeter of the home to prevent any cockroaches entering the building and carry out room treatments as required.
Cockroach baits and dusts
Cockroach baits are the smart way to eliminate cockroach problems, especially German cockroach problems where it is not always possible to find all their hiding places. We place small dots of bait around the infested area near suspected hiding places – in cracks, crevices, under sinks, dishwashers, microwaves, fridges and other electrical appliances.
Foraging cockroaches feed on the bait, which consists of an attractive food and slow acting insecticide. When the adult cockroaches return to the hiding places the insecticide is passed on to the juvenile cockroaches, which eat their vomit and faeces (just when you thought cockroaches couldn’t get more disgusting!).
From a safety point of view, in or near electrical areas we will use insecticide dusts.
Cockroach prevention tips
When we inspect your home, we will also highlight any actions you should take to help prevent a cockroach problem in the future such as fixing leaks, not leaving pet food out and ensuring insect screens are well-fitted.
We will always discuss any safety concerns you may have before carrying out a treatment. If we are carrying out a spray treatment, it will be necessary to keep children and pets out of the area until the treatment is dry. We always choose the products with the best safety and environmental profile.
What to expect from our cockroach treatments?
Large cockroach treatments have an immediate impact with dead cockroaches continuing to appear in the following few days. Our treatments generally last at least 6 months.
For small cockroach treatments, it can take up to 2 weeks for baits to eliminate the cockroach population and in cases of severe infestation a second visit may be required around 4 weeks from initial treatment.
What are the signs of a cockroach problem?
Seeing a cockroach is an obvious sign of a potential problem. If it’s a single large cockroach, it may just be a stray cockroach that has come in from outside, but if you spot a small cockroach, it’s likely you have a cockroach infestation.
With most of the young cockroaches hiding back in the harbourage, for every cockroach you see, it’s safe to assume there are 20 or more back in their harbourage. In addition, as cockroaches are nocturnal, so if you see a cockroach during the day, it means all the hiding places are already overcrowded!
Here are some other signs you may have a cockroach problem:
Cockroach droppings and stains
Large cockroach droppings are dark, oval shaped, about 1-2 in diameter, often found in a groups. Small cockroaches, such as German cockroaches will often leave visible brown spots on the surfaces where they rest and hide.
Cockroach egg sacs (ootheca) are brown cylindrical cases which contain 20-50 eggs depending on the species. When the baby cockroaches are ready to hatch the ootheca splits open. The ootheca are often laid in cardboard boxes (which cockroaches love) – a common way cockroaches are brought into the home.
Cockroaches grow by moulting. Every few weeks, young cockroaches will shed their skin until they become an adult. When they emerge from their old skins, their new skins are white and soft which allows them to grow before it hardens. You may spot these shed skins if you have a significant cockroach infestation.
Most people don’t think about the damage that cockroaches can do, they just think about how dirty they are. But cockroaches will eat anything! Not only will they eat any type of food, but will chew boxes, papers and clothes.
If you are suffering from a cockroach infestation you may notice a musty, slightly unpleasant smell. Once you know what it is, you’ll never forget it!
How to prevent a cockroach infestation
There are 4 key areas to focus on to help prevent a cockroach infestation
1. Remove food sources
- Clear up spilled food
- Don’t leave pet food bowls out (especially with food in)
- Don’t leave unwashed dishes on the side after meals
- Make sure food is stored in tight fitting containers
- Rubbish should be put in sealed bags before placing in the bin
2. Remove sources of moisture
- Clear up spills and dirty dishes
- Fix any leaking taps or pipework
3. Seal potential entry points
- Make sure insect screens are well fitted
- Seal any gaps or cracks around window and doors
4. Check incoming cardboard boxes for cockroaches and egg cases.
Types of cockroaches
Large cockroaches are often called peridomestic cockroaches as they live in and around buildings, predominantly outdoors.
A reddish / dark brown cockroach, with the adults up to 35 mm long with pale band around the pronotum (shield covering its head) and along the edge of the top part of the forewings. Only the adults have wings (both male and female) and they will fly in warmer weather.
A dark brown cockroach, with the adults up to 40 mm long with a pale band around the pronotum (shield covering its head). Only the adults have wings (both male and female) and they will fly in warmer weather.
A very dark brown / black cockroach up to 27 mm long. Only the adults have wings, but they are short (shorter in female than male) and are not functional – they cannot fly.
The key small pest cockroach species are called domestic cockroaches as they only live indoors.
A mid brown cockroach, with adults up to 15 mm long and have two dark vertical stripes on their pronotum (shield covering its head). Both adult males and females have wings but they rarely fly. The young cockroaches are only 2-3mm long after hatching – a lot of cockroaches can fit in a very small hiding place, which makes they hard to detect and control.
A mid brown cockroach, with adults up to 17 mm long and have pale horizontal stripes on their body visible under their wings. The adult males can fly but the adult females have shortened wings and cannot fly. They tend to live in the drier parts of the home – the bedrooms and living areas – where as German cockroaches tend to live in the kitchens.