How to Identify and prevent cockroaches
Knowing how to identify and prevent cockroaches is essential to keeping a hygienic environment. Prolific breeders, a single female cockroach can produce 150 eggs to 400 in their lifetime. Eggs hatch every 20–30 days, sooner with higher temperatures. These staggering numbers are what can cause an infestation almost overnight. Ecomist Wairarapa Owner/Operator Tomaz Gasper says, “I have been responding to calls from local eateries for cockroach control. This time of year cockroaches become very active.”
Three types of common cockroaches & how to identify them:
German cockroaches are the most common of the cockroach species found in homes and businesses around NZ. They can cause damage to appliances carry harmful bacteria. Female cockroaches protect their eggs by carrying them around to ensure the highest survival rate.
Wdespread in the North Island and upper South Island, this introduced pest from Australia likes to live outside mainly close to wood chips and bark. But when temperatures heat up or rain threatens their habitat, they migrate elsewhere. They typically come inside during extreme heat and also when it is wet.
In the past three years, reports from home and business owners, showed a dramatic increase of this species during the hotter months especially in February and March.
The American cockroach is one of the largest pest cockroaches to invade homes and commercial properties in New Zealand. They are up to 4cm long and have a yellow band around the thorax. They will live in drier conditions of wall cavities and floors but can also be found in drains and sewers.
What brings them inside?
Food – anything laying around that is consumable or for cockroaches, preferably decaying!
After they find their food source the female cockroaches seek an ideal habitat to lay their eggs.
Cockroaches have the ability to climb up most surfaces and disappear into tiny cracks and crevices, so when looking around your property check the following places:
1) Dark places such as kitchen cabinets and behind fridges
2) Below kitchen sinks
3) Check the roof void
4) Vacant or spare rooms
5) Rubbish areas inside and outside
Keeping a tidy and dry home is an effective way to prevent cockroaches. But also having a pest management system can help maintain an insect free environment. We recommend the Ecomist Sniper as an invisible boarder protection. Ecomist’s $79 Special will ensure your property is protected from crawlies like cockroaches, spiders, flies ants and more!
You can find out more on how to identify and prevent cockroaches here
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