Recognised as one of the world’s most ancient bugs, cockroaches have proven over time to be virtually indestructible!
They can survive in extreme heat and cold and are, therefore, well suited to the climate in Wagga Wagga and surrounding Riverina region.
There are native and pest species of cockroach, the pest variety being those that spread disease in your homes and business.
The cockroach is an omnivore (they eat a variety of food of both plant and animal origin) and are nocturnal by nature.
They thrive in warm, moist, dark areas situated close to food sources and when left unchecked, will reproduce at alarming speed. One egg capsule holds 38 nymphs!
Cockroaches carry disease causing bacteria and can spread salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis and diarrhoea among other debilitating illnesses. Their night journeys deposit the bacteria carried on their legs and bodies on food and utensils as they feed and move about.
Cockroach control, followed by preventative measures, helps keep members of your family, business staff and clients safe.
The most prevalent species in Wagga Wagga and surrounding areas are the Brown Banded Cockroach, German Cockroach, American Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach and the Australian Cockroach.
How do I Know I Have A Cockroach Problem?
Tell tale signs include;
- Cockroach droppings – this generally looks like a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.
- Smear marks will sometimes be detected on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches are active.
- Shed skin – adolescent cockroaches known as nymphs will shed skins as they mature to adults.
- Damage to food packaging and organic items including books and leather.
- Musty odours are another sign of cockroach infestation.
How Do You Treat a Cockroach Infestation?
Avanteguard are skilled and professional technicians for commercial premises who can provide a long-term cockroach solution and help reduce the risk of a re-infestation through our professional prevention methods.
Our understanding of the habits of cockroaches ensure we will develop an effective control program for your commercial property.
We employ safe, targeted treatments and can offer safe solutions to resolve your cockroach problem effectively and with minimal disruption to your business.
Products used can include spray and dusting powders. We will assess your property, determine the scope of treatment required and advise you on the best course of action to establish an eradication plan for long term effectiveness.
The use of ‘monitoring’ boards assists with detecting the movement and activity of the cockroach pest! ‘Sticky traps’ or ‘glue boards’ are placed strategically in the places cockroaches would normally hide and can effectively capture large numbers of adults and nymphs daily.
Sticky boards work best when used along with preventive and insecticidal applications. The main advantages of ‘monitoring’ include determining the areas with infestation, severity of infestation, and as a result forecasting what pesticide application is required for the numbers present.
Professional pest controllers will always approach cockroach infestation with assessment, cockroach control treatment, and follow-up. Due to the breeding cycle of cockroaches, a one off treatment approach will not fix the problem.
Do I Need Professional Pest Control for my Cockroach Problem?
- Keep all food in airtight containers.
- Ensure garbage and compost containers are emptied often and are fitted with tightly closing lids.
- Avoid leaving your pet’s water and food out.
- Seal all cracks, crevices and gaps around pipes on the walls of your home.
- Check bags, packaging and boxes before bringing them into your home or business – many infestations originate from introduced pests who have hitched a ride!
While you can prevent or reduce the effects of a cockroach infestation, once there are signs cockroaches are about the home products available from supermarkets will rarely eradicate the problem fully. Unless applied correctly and in the right places, cockroaches will avoid the treated areas and continue to breed prolifically. Just a couple of cockroaches can turn into huge numbers in a few weeks.
If used incorrectly, some products can also be downright dangerous! Take the example of a man who found himself with nasty injuries and the resultant property damage from an exploding cockroach bomb. Read the Sydney Morning Herald news article here.
The Avanteguard professional approach to cockroach control can provide a long-term solution to your problem and prevent an infestation in the future.
Call Avanteguard for an effective and reliable solution to cockroach infestation in your Wagga Wagga business and ask about our warranty and follow up.