Cockroaches are one of the most hated pests on the planet. They are well known for creating an unsightly mess and scaring unwitting victims as they race across the floor of our homes. But, it doesn’t end there.
Recently, a local customer phoned us, asking us to come to their home to help.
They had a large infestation of german cockroaches in their family car. This was a recurring infestation, as the customer though they had it under control, using supermarket products to get rid of this pest. After spending a lot of money, they were back!
What made it worse, was the infestation had now spread to their home. They didn’t realise that every time they went shopping for groceries and brought the bags in to the home, they were giving cockroaches a free ride into the house. It didn’t stop there.
Our technician went out to investigate, only discover these pests were taking over homes in the street. They had also moved next door into a home that had been flooded and abandoned.
Things only got worse when the family decided on pizza for dinner one Friday night. They picked up their pizzas, placed them in the car on the back seat. The cockroaches quickly started devouring dinner, which was brought into the house where they continued their invasion. Dinner was ruined – this was the last straw.
Health Issues and Problems
Some people are allergic to cockroaches. Sensitive people suffer skin reactions and may even trigger asthma attacks. Allergen may be ingested where foods or utensils are contaminated or inhaled when faeces becomes part of the household dust.
Disease transmission is usually the main concern. The main reasons why cockroaches may be responsible for transmitting disease are that they often dwell in environments that support diseases harmful to humans such as grease traps, sewers and other polluted water sources.
Common diseases may be carried such as salmonella and other organisms causing gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis and other human disorders. Organisms found naturally occurring in cockroaches include 40 species of bacteria pathogenic to humans, the eggs of seven species of worms parasitic to humans and several viruses potentially harmful to humans.
How to reduce the chance of an infestation at your home
Some simple preventative measures include:
• Ensuring all food is in tightly sealed containers, (including pet food).
• Use garbage bins with tight fitting lids.
• Frequent cleaning of the kitchen and regular vacuuming.
• Repair any water leaks or dripping taps.
• Seal any entry points such as gaps around windows and doors or where pipes may enter walls.
• Seal any ‘cracks and crevices’ that may exist in the cupboards of kitchens, bathrooms and throughout the home.
Our technician treated the car and home, quickly destroying all cockroaches. The ground looked like it was moving, there were so many of these disgusting pests try to flee the scene of the crime – they didn’t make it.
DIY Cockroach Control
Products purchased from supermarkets or hardware stores are typically expensive and have little or no long-term effect on these pests.
Many of our customers are also unaware of the dangers of some of these products such as bomb sprays.
These products leave a substantial amount of residue on living surfaces such as lounge furniture, bedding and kitchenware including plates and cutlery. These chemicals may cause serious health problems for your family and pets. If skin touches the residue or it is ingested – please consult your family doctor.
Pizza is now back on the dinner menu!
If you have a cockroach problem at your place, we can help.