As the spring and summer months begin, we’ll start to see a rise in pest activity rise. Pests of all types typically breed and come out into the world looking for food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, this often includes our homes.
We recently performed a service for our customer in Norville, Bundaberg who was in the process of renovating their bathroom. As they began the task of removing tiles and drywalls they quickly discovered an unsightly mess – cockroaches and lots of them.
Our customer hadn’t arranged any pest control treatment for many years which had led to this cockroach infestation behind shower walls and evidence of spiders under the bath and also in shower wall space.
Fortunately, this discovery was good timing and we were able to help stop these pests from ruining the new bathroom. These photos were taken during the renovation, (our treatments will be carried out once complete).
Even the tidiest homes get pests
These photos go to show what can be lurking behind your walls that you aren’t aware of. Behind the bathroom cupboard drawers were also evidence of the cockroach infestation that the owner was unaware of, even though our customer was very clean and tidy.
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.
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.
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.
If you believe or suspect that you have a spring pest problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Bundaberg for further advice.