Cockroaches thrive in indoor human environments and have little trouble finding their way into buildings and houses. They are one of the most common pests and can spread disease and contaminate clean surfaces and food.
Human dwellings can become convenient habitats for cockroaches, as they provide sustenance and shelter from predators and the elements. It is not difficult for cockroaches to enter buildings through cracks in doors, vents, drains and small gaps in buildings and houses. Cockroaches can thrive where we live, eat and work because they are able to survive by eating scraps of human food, as well as waste products and garbage,
There are thousands of species of cockroach in the world and about 450 in Australia. The vast majority of these cockroaches, however, are of little concern to humans, and there are only a handful that are considered pests.
Cockroaches Found in Melbourne:
- Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)
- Bark Cockroach (Laxta granicollis)
- Common Shining Cockroach (Drymaplaneta communis)
- American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
- German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
- Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)
The presence of cockroaches in homes and businesses is often seen as an indication of dirtiness and poor hygiene.
This is of concern for any business – especially restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and anywhere else that sells, stores or prepares food.
Cockroaches present a risk to the professional reputation of these businesses, but this is not a problem exclusive to the food industry – cockroach infestations can cause damage to stock and property, and leave stains and unpleasant odours in and around places they nest.
Cockroaches are passive carriers of disease, through what is known as ‘mechanical transmission’.
This essentially means that they transport bacteria, germs and other disease-causing dirt around the places they walk and search for food.
Due to the bristle-like hairs on cockroaches’ legs, and the shape of their abdomens and wings, dirt which cockroaches walkthrough can be transferred to other places they walk, which is especially problematic in kitchens and other food preparation areas.
Cockroaches also regurgitate saliva and digestive fluid onto anything they eat, potentially contaminating any human food they have access to. The diverse nature of their diets – living off human and animal waste as well as human food – means that cockroaches can carry pathogens and grime into places that are expected and assumed to be clean.
As they are attracted to damp, dark environments, cockroaches often live, nest and forage for food in extremely unclean environments such as drains, sewers, amongst garbage and various other unhygienic spaces.
The best way to respond to cockroaches is to prevent infestations from happening in the first place, as larger populations can be more difficult to contain than smaller populations.
If you’re worried about a cockroach infestation, here are some simple steps to help avoid more serious problems:
- Keep food in airtight containers.
- Don’t leave food scraps and crumbs lying around.
- Empty bins often.
- Use bins with tight lids.
If there are any cracks where cockroaches may shelter, it is important to have them sealed immediately.
Effective Cockroach Control:
As we deal with numerous cases of cockroaches every year, our staff will soon identify their habits, their nests and their sources of food and shelter. We can then begin the process of cockroach control and rectify any potential for ongoing problems. Once we have assessed their behaviours, we can then deal with your cockroach infestation quickly and safely.
A proactive approach to pests such as cockroaches is recommended, and we offer regular checks for cockroaches and other pests to our clients to ensure that infestations do not develop. It’s important that destructive pests like these should be prevented from having a negative impact on your business.