5 Tips for Keeping Cockroaches Away

5 tips to keep cockroaches away

Cockroaches are one of the most common pests found in Australian residential and commercial properties. It is estimated that there are more than 3,500 species of cockroaches in the world. There are some native Australian species but they are normally found outdoors and are not considered pests. The three main types of cockroaches commonly found in Australian homes include the German cockroach, Oriental cockroach and American cockroach.

These introduced pest species of cockroaches live in groups and usually inhabit buildings with moderate to high temperatures, fairly high humidity and adequate food supply. They can potentially transmit disease as they move from place to place, carrying bacteria from the garbage they come into contact with. The question most of our customers ask us is ‘How can I prevent these ‘uninvited guests’ from visiting my home?’

Here are some handy tips to help you prevent cockroaches from invading your kitchen and other parts of the home.

Have a regular pest inspection

Whether you are living in a house, own an apartment or are running a restaurant business, we suggest you schedule regular pest inspections to reduce the risk of pest infestation. Supermarket insecticides do not work on some cockroaches because they have developed a resistance to commonly used compounds in these products.

Protect your food

Store your food in covered containers or plastic wrap and keep it in cool, dry places. Make sure there are no scraps of food scattered around the kitchen. Rotten food should be disposed of immediately. Check carefully if there are any water leaks that may cause moisture build-up under your kitchen sinks or cabinets. Be aware of room temperature changes (for example, in summer when it heats up) as they can create perfect conditions for cockroaches.

Keep it clean

If you have had roach problems in the past, make sure your recycle bins are emptied regularly and covered properly. It is always good to get raw organic garbage out of your house as soon as possible since it can rot faster than other types of food scraps.

DIY treatments

There are some do-it-yourself ways to keep your property safe from cockroach attacks. Popular methods include insecticide sprays, roach traps, baits, and liquid concentrates. Natural treatments can be made from baking soda and sugar, bay leaves, Ammonia solution, soap solution and bleach.

Professional pest control

Roach infestation can be your worst nightmare if it gets out of control. However, professional pest control services can guarantee your home or business premises will be pest-free for up to 3 months and will effectively exterminate any bugs or insects inhabiting your residence.

Twin Bays can service your residential or business premises with our professional pest inspection service. Our business is open 7 days a week with an after-hours service for the busy customers. Contact our friendly team for a quote today and find out how we can help.