Cockroaches… Even just hearing the word can make your skin crawl. While cockroaches aren’t something you want to find in your house, there are a lot of cockroach facts out there that you might find interesting. Cockroach fun facts:
- Cockroaches have been around since the time of the dinosaurs
- A cockroach can live almost a month without food and two weeks without water
- Some female cockroaches mate only once and stay pregnant for life
- A cockroach can live up to a week without its head
- Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes
What Are Cockroaches…
Cockroaches belong to the insect order Blattodea of which there are approximately 4,000 species worldwide and 400 species native to Australia. Native species vart in appearance, habitat and feeding habits. All species are thought to have originated in the tropical and sub-tropical areas of Africa around 300 million years ago. They range in size from just a couple of millimetres in length right up to an enormous 70 millimetres in the case of the Giant Burrowing Cockroach (Macropanesthia rhinoceros) from northern Queensland.
What We Do…
Although we do specifically treat for cockroaches, we normally group this treatment in what we call a ‘General Pest Treatment.’ This is combined with a Native Cockroach and Spider pest management program and comes with a 12 month free service period in most cases. The information below is general advice only as all situations are different and therefore can require individually geared control measures, such as direct gel baiting for ants.
We compete in service rather than price and we take no shortcuts in any aspect of our practice.
The cost of this service is $250.
General Pest Treatments
A general pest treatment covers Ants, Cockroaches and Spiders. Firstly, we remove the accessible spider webs from around the exterior of your home via a chemically treated applicator. We will treat the roof void and subfloor space with a statically charged dust that clings to the surfaces of the areas exposed, making an unliveable environment for pests. We will inject the same dust into the service entry points and pest harbourage areas internally and externally, stopping pests from being able to enter from those areas.
The exterior of your home is then treated with the highest quality product available on the market today. We will treat the window frames, door frames, behind guttering and downpipes, eaves, perimeter. The interior of your home is also treated with a child and pet friendly product applied in areas exclusively where pests are gaining access, finding harbourage and generally hanging around.
Finally, a specifically formulated granulated sand is applied around the perimeter of your home and swept into any cracks and crevices in paths attached to your home.
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Information about specific cockroach species can be found below:
Adult German cockroaches average about 1.5 cm in length. They have long antennae which they use to detect chemicals, moisture, air currents, and probably sound waves in their environment. They prefer warm, moist area, and are frequently found in kitchens and bathrooms. They are brown coloured with two dark parallel streaks running from the head to the base of the wings. Female cockroaches carry their ootheca with her during the germination rather than depositing it like other species.
They are large roaches, ranging in length up to 4 cm. They prefer dark, moist, warm areas. They are commonly found in basements, steam tunnels, boiler rooms, rubble foundations, and similar places. Often they aren’t even noticed until a light is turned on, and they scurry away rapidly. Adult of both sexes have working wings and at least some flight capability, but oddly enough, they seldom fly.
They are 1.5 cm length as adults. Adults of both sexes have wings, although only the males fly. Brown-banded cockroaches have two light-coloured bands running across the base of their wings, hence the name “brown-banded cockroach”. Compared to other common roaches (such as the German cockroach) brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer drier conditions. They’re commonly found in bedrooms (especially in cabinets and night tables), in closets, behind peeling wallpaper, and inside electrical and electronic equipment.
Brown cockroaches are large species of cockroaches. They are about 3-4 cm long and have wings. They are dark, reddish brown in colour. The brown cockroaches can be distinguished from American cockroaches by observing their cerci, which are two pointed barbs, or spines, near the posterior end of some cockroaches. Brown
cockroaches have a pair of blunt, short and dark cerci while the American cockroaches have longer and sharp pointed cerci.
Australian cockroaches are also large species of cockroaches. They are winged and can be about 3-4 cm in length. They are dark brown in colour. Australian cockroaches are very similar to American cockroaches but can be distinguished by a yellow margin on the thorax and yellow streaks as its sides near the wing base. They normally feed on plants unlike other cockroaches and can also feed on different organic substances including decaying substances.
They are brownish yellow in colour, smaller in size (12-15 mm) compared to German or American cockroaches. Adult males have longer wings which may extend till the abdominal tip. Adult females have shorter wings which may cover only one-third of its abdomen.
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