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While there are over 4500 species of cockroaches only about 30 are associated with human residences. Although they don’t form colonies like ants and bees, they do prefer to live in groups.
There are several species of cockroaches that can be found in Australia that associate with humans, the most common being the German and American cockroaches. The American Cockroach is reddish-brown in colour and is larger than the German cockroach and, although they have wings, they aren’t good flyers. The German cockroach is smaller and the most common cockroach species causing trouble in households. The German cockroach is light brown in colour and fully grown is around 13 mm to 16 mm in length.
The German cockroach’s life cycle goes through three life stages typical of insects with incomplete metamorphosis: the egg, nymph, and adult. The female lays an egg capsule which contains two rows of eggs, the capsule contains between 30-48 eggs.
The German cockroach is omnivorous, eating table scraps, pet food, and even book bindings. They are nocturnal insects that hide during the day and scavenge at night and generally prefer warm and humid areas where food is readily available.
Cockroaches are notorious as indiscriminate eaters, they are resilient and can breed very quickly, making it especially difficult to eradicate. As they are known to carry common disease pathogens such as salmonella, they are particularly troublesome for restaurants, cafes and other places food may be handled, including the home. They can also have a rather pungent odour when in large numbers and can cause asthma attacks in susceptible people.
Professional Pest control services provided by Chambers ensures elimination of Cockroaches. The techniques include use of aerosol insecticides, toxic bait, boric acid and keeping surroundings clean. Please ask us about our Perth Total Extermination Plan which offers ‘on-demand’ protective services for specified pests in all areas inside and outside of your home. For termite inspections in Perth telephone: (08) 9313 2871 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about cockroach control.