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Cockroach Control

Nobody wants to turn on a light and find cockroaches skittering for shelter. Often associated with uncleanliness, cockroaches in your home can be a disaster for your family’s health as well as making for awkward moments with guests.

If you see one cockroach, you can bet that you have many more hiding out of sight. Cockroach pest control is the best and easiest way to deal with the problem, before it spirals into an even worse infestation.

 

Cockroach Control Home Remedies

There are several home remedies that may aid in getting rid of cockroaches. You can:

  • Mix equal parts sugar and baking soda in a bottle and sprinkle through problem areas. The sugar will attract cockroaches while the baking soda will kill them
  • Grind some bay leaves with a mortar and pestle then sprinkle this natural anti-roach substance in affected places
  • Apply a mix of water and essential oils such peppermint or eucalyptus to cockroach traffic spots along with any entry points to your home 

If you’re extra attentive, these methods might work to enact cockroach control at home. However, often people find that the DIY methods don’t work. When that happens, it’s time to give the professionals a call.

Cockroach Control Specialists

If DIY cockroach pest control methods haven’t worked, you might need a specialist. Critters Pest Management has spent decades helping Brisbane families eliminate cockroach problems. We’ll work with you to develop a tailored approach to ending the issue as well as provide aftercare and follow-up inspections.

 

Contact Us Today

For cockroach control, Brisbane residents have access to Critters Pest Management. Your family shouldn’t have to suffer cockroaches in the home. To fix the problem, call 1300 342 592 or contact us today.

Common Types of Cockroaches in Brisbane

Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)

Structure, Appearance and Characteristics

Adults:

  • Approx. 30-35mm in length.
  • Yellow border on pronotum (area behind the head) is very distinct.
  • Dark Reddish brown in colour.
  • Light markings on thorax.
  • Yellow streaks on the sides at the base of the wing covers (elytra).
  • Wings completely cover abdomen.
  • Chewing mouthparts.
  • Nocturnal.
  • Will fly in warm weather.

Nymph (The Young):

  • Look similar to adult but wingless.
  • Brown in colour until later instars (moults) which become more like the adult colouring.
  • Later instars posse’s distinct bright yellow spots along the margins of their abdomen.

Life Cycle

Gradual / Incomplete metamorphosis (egg – nymph – adult). Eggs are encased in an egg capsule (Ootheca). Female drops the egg capsule (Ootheca) shortly after it is formed near a food source, in crevices, on walls, or under workable material such as moist wood, so as to camouflage it. Eggs per capsule: 16-24. Incubation period: 30-40 days. Nymphal period: 6-12 months Nymphs normally moult 10-12 times to reach adulthood. Females may produce 12-30 egg capsules in a lifetime. Egg capsules are completed and dropped at about 10 day intervals. Adult lifespan: up to 8 months.

American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)

Structure, Appearance and Characteristics

Adults:

  • One of the largest of our pest species.
  • 35-40mm in length.
  • Reddish brown in colour.
  • Light markings on thorax.
  • Pale yellow border on pronotum.
  • Wings completely cover abdomen.
  • Chewing mouthparts.
  • Will fly on occasions.
  • Good gliders.
  • Will travel a long way from their breeding areas to feed.

Nymph (The Young):

  • Look similar to adult but wingless.
  • Greyish-brown in colour until later instars (moults) which become more like the adult colouring.

Life Cycle

Gradual / Incomplete metamorphosis (egg – nymph – adult). Eggs are encased in an egg capsule (Ootheca). Female carries egg capsule (Ootheca) up to 4 days then deposits the capsule near a food source, in crevices, on walls, or under workable material such as moist wood, so as to camouflage it. Eggs per capsule: 12-16 (in two rows). Incubation period: 38-55 days. Nymphal period: 160-971 days, 400 days (avg). Nymphs normally moult 7-13 times to reach adulthood. Females may produce 6-90 egg capsules in a lifetime. Adult lifespan: up to 2 years.

German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)

Structure, Appearance and Characteristics

Adults:

  • Approx. 12-16mm in length.
  • Pale brown with two longitudinal streaks on the pronotum.
  • Have wings but rarely fly.
  • Chewing mouthparts.
  • Nocturnal but may be seen during daytime if population is large.
  • High reproductive potential because of speed of life cycle and number of young in comparison to other species.
  • This presents an increased tendency for this species to become resistant to chemical through ‘selection’.
  • Very active.

Nymph (The Young):

  • Look similar to adult but wingless.
  • Darker brown, nearly black in colour.
  • A single light strip down the middle of the back is normally prominent.

Life Cycle

Gradual / Incomplete metamorphosis (egg ¡V nymph ¡V adult). Eggs are encased in an egg capsule (Ootheca). Female carries egg capsule (Ootheca) until eggs are ready to hatch. Eggs per capsule: 30-48. Incubation period (24„aC): 28 days (avg). Nymphal period (24 C): 40-125 days. Nymphs normally moult 7 times to reach adulthood. Females may produce 4-8 egg capsules in a lifetime. Adult lifespan: up to 1 year.

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Capalaba QLD 4157
Phone: 1300 342 592
Email: admin@termitetreatment.com.au