With fossil evidence proving that cockroaches have been around for more than 300 million years, they are one of the oldest groups of insects on the earth. They are also one of the most common – perhaps because they have been around longest!
What are our common cockroach species on the Sunshine Coast?
• German Cockroaches • Australian Cockroaches • American Cockroaches • Smoky Brown Cockroaches• Brown Banded Cockroaches
We understand that it’s hard to find a reliable and honest pest control service here on the Sunshine Coast. If you are currently experiencing cockroach problems or cockroach infestation at your home or office, we have the ideal cockroach treatment solution that is guaranteed to produce results…fast!!!
What are common hiding spots of cockroaches?
Cockroaches prefer to harbour in kitchen areas, roof voids, sub floors and bathrooms – AS close as they can get to feed off food scraps and have easy access to water. Hiding spots of cockroach includes:
- Below sinks and near pipes- watch out in areas that produce damp and warm conditions.
- Appliances- stoves, refrigerators, water heaters
- Kitchen and kitchen drawers
- Ceiling and cracks in walls
- Confined spaces- couches, armchair, refrigerator, underneath a pile of magazines or cardboard boxes, clocks and picture frames.
- …. Parents with kids – Good luck!! haha
During our Cockroach Control service, We provide a fully integrated cockroach treatment.
That means we don’t just provide an effective baiting system but we also offer good advice on what you can do to stop the problem from happening again. This includes a thorough inspection of your property.
Treatment methods may vary depending upon the level of infestation, the offending pest species and the product which has been contaminated.
Protect your family and your home by getting the job done right the first time.
Opting for our Cockroach Control service on the Sunshine Coast gives you and your family the peace of mind that the infestation will be dealt with by our professional ‘conscious’ pest control team.
Weird Fact: A cockroach can live for a week without its head. Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments, they are not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.
Why Are Cockroaches an Indoor Air Problem?
Cockroaches, those unpleasant and unsightly pests, are not just a problem to look at. They also produce substances, or allergens, that aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to those substances. The allergens produced by cockroaches are likely concentrated in their fecal matter and in fragments of their body parts. These tiny particles can become airborne and contaminate the air in your home.1
How Do Cockroaches Affect Health?
Cockroach allergens behave like dust mite allergens and stick to heavier particles that quickly settle. These allergens do not remain airborne for long. Activities like vacuuming may stir up allergens that have settled in dust or fabrics. The most common way to inhale cockroach allergen is to breathe in dust or allergens that have collected in pillows, bedding or other dust-trapping fabrics.1
Not only do cockroach allergens trigger asthma and allergies, researchers are exploring evidence that early exposure to cockroach allergen can actually cause asthma to develop in preschool-aged children.1
Who Is Exposed to Cockroach Allergens?
Cockroaches don’t need to be present for there to be cockroach allergen in your home. One in five homes with no history of cockroach infestation has a significant level of allergen in dust and fabrics.1
Allergen concentrations are generally highest in kitchen areas where there is plenty of food and water to support cockroach infestations. However, bedroom allergen concentrations may be more relevant. People spend significant time in close contact with their pillow, where they can inhale the allergens that have settled into bedding.1
How Can Cockroach Allergens Be Eliminated?
Cockroach allergens spread widely throughout homes, schools and other public places. Simple precautions can protect individuals who are particularly sensitive to cockroach allergens.4
Keep your home clean. Keep food scraps off the floor. Be sure to clean under large kitchen furniture (including the stove and refrigerator) where food might get trapped.
Reduce humidity. Damp indoor spaces foster the growth of cockroaches and other pests.
Target the places where cockroach allergens can collect. Common problem spots are beds, carpet, furnishings and clothing. Encase mattresses and pillows and wash bedding with hot water once a week. Remove unnecessary fabrics like curtains and upholstered furniture.
Eliminated infestations. You may need a professional if the problem is bad, but try using Integrated Pest Management techniques.4
Remove carpeting. Carpeting should be replaced by smooth flooring in homes with allergic individuals. If this is not possible, regular vacuuming of carpets (two to three times a week) may minimize exposure to allergens. However, vacuuming also can stir up dust and allergens in the carpet and temporarily make air quality worse. People with allergies to cockroaches should not vacuum or be in the room while it is being cleaned.
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Belanger, Kathleen, William Beckett, Elizabeth Triche, Michael B. Bracken, Theodore Holford, Ping Ren, Jean-ellen McSharry, Diane R. Gold, Thomas A.E. Platts-Mills and Brian P. Leaderer. “Symptoms of Wheeze and Persistent Cough in the First Year of Life: Associations with Indoor Allergens, Air Contaminants and Maternal History of Asthma.” American Journal of Epidemiology 158 (2003): 195-202.
Leaderer, Brian P., Kathleen Belanger, Martin D. Chapman, Michael B. Bracken, Elizabeth Triche, Theodore Holford, Diane R. Gold, Young Kim, Thomas Jankun, Ping Ren, Jean-ellen McSharry and Thomas A.E. Platts-Mills.”Dust Mite, Cockroach, Cat and Dog Allergen Concentrations in Homes of Asthmatic Children in the Northeastern United States: Impact of Socioeconomic Factors and Population Density.” Environmental Health Perspectives 110 (2002): 419-425.
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