Most home owners are aware of the Health and Safety Risk associated with cockroach infestations, including allergies and asthma. Not to mention the germs and bacteria that has been known to spread within your surroundings.
Cockroaches belong to the insect order Blattodea of which there are approximately 4,000 different species world wide and 400 species native to Australia.
The most common and difficult cockroach our customers have problems with, and attempt to treat themselves with very little success, are German Cockroaches.
German Cockroach Facts:
- the german cockroach is the smallest of the common cockroaches and the most prevalent
- 1.1 to 1.6cm in length
- Body wide and fat
- Tan to light brown to dark brown in colour with 2 dark brown stripes on the body
- It does have wings but can not fly
- They feed on starches, sweets, grease and meat products but will eat just about anything – including garbage
- German cockroaches are primarily found indoors to seek warm, moist areas near food and water. The german cockroach is most likely to be found in food areas, kitchens and bathrooms
- A home or building can become infested when cockroaches hitch a ride in a persons bag, suitcase, back pack or even grocery bags from an infested site
- The female german cockroach protects her tribe by carrying the egg capsules with about 40 eggs inside at the end of her body until ready to hatch where she then drops the capsules for hatching. A female can produce up to 8 egg capsules in her lifetime.
- If a single egg carrying female gets comfortable in a home or building it can lead to more than 30,000 offsprings a year.
Tommy Termites Pest & Weed Management’s biggest tip to prevent infestation to your dwelling is the basic rule of:
- No food left out
- No drinks left out
- No harborage!
- No Pest!