Roaches enter homes in search of food, water and shelter. Once they have infested an area, they can multiply quickly, posing a threat to your comfort and health. It is important to have cockroach control before an infestation occurs. Roaches are known to carry bacteria that can result in food poisoning, diarrhea, allergies and skin rashes. In large numbers they can also produce a foul odor.
Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm length, with hotter climate places tending to be larger than those found in Auckland. Cockroaches have 6 legs, some have wings. Most cockroaches with wings are not particularly good at flying.
Firstly cut off the food and water supply. Repair leaky drains, house cavities and taps. Store food in sealed containers, so, never leave food out overnight for the cockroaches to feed.
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Even dirty dishes can attract and prevent cockroach control. If dishes must be left until morning, place in the sink covered with hot soapy water. Cockroaches do not like water containing dish-washing soap.
Make sure the kitchen, dining room, and any other area of the home where residents consume food of any kind is free food and crumbs.
Cockroaches have a high rate of reproduction. Each egg capsule will contain approximately 40 baby’s. It takes 28 days from the first formation of the egg until it hatches. The female carries the egg from the rear of her abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. Formation of the next egg capsule usually begins within 2 weeks. Baby cockroaches require as little as forty days until they reach mature adult. Adult cockroaches can live up to a year.