A1 Professional Pest Control are industry leaders in Canberra pest control services, specialising in eradicating cockroaches. Cockroaches are a major pest in Australia. The main species found in homes and businesses is the American Cockroach, the German Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach. The German Cockroach is a smaller breed, from 10mm to 15mm, and is tan to a medium shade of brown in colour, whereas the American Cockroach is larger, between 35mm to 40mm, and reddish brown. Oriental cockroaches are also quite large, from 26mm to 30mm, and are dark brown or black in colour.

Cockroach life cycle

Cockroaches begin their life cycle as an egg, then hatch into a nymph before becoming a fully grown adult cockroach. A female adult German cockroach can have up to 50 eggs growing inside her at any one time. Eggs generally develop into adults in an average of 103 days, which highlights just how quickly a cockroach infestation can overrun your home or business if you don’t have regular pest control.

Cockroach feeding habits

A nocturnal insect, cockroaches hide during the day and come out at night to find food and water, as well as to reproduce. Cockroaches will eat nearly anything, including: food, leather, toothpaste, cigarette butts, coffee grinds, milk, soap, paint, glue, faeces, human hair, fabric, shoes or even fingernails, which is why they can survive in all types of environments.

Environmental conditions

The German Cockroach is often found in kitchens, while the American Cockroach prefers moist areas, such as basements and around pipes or sewers or in foundations and crawl spaces. Oriental Cockroaches also thrive in damp conditions and are often located around sinks or basements. As German Cockroaches are quite small, they can squeeze through cracks as narrow as 1/16th of an inch in size, and as such are the most common cockroach to infest houses.

Because cockroaches are nocturnal you won’t generally see them in your home or business until infestations grow out of control. Without adequate control measures in place, cockroaches could be spreading viruses and diseases without you even being aware of it occurring. By investing in Canberra pest control services on a regular basis you can ensure your home or business remains a hygienic environment, for the health and wellbeing of you and your family or staff. Contact us today for an obligation free quote!