Cockroaches are some of the most common pests that we have to deal with in Sydney and out west here in Penrith. The climate in Sydney makes for a great place for cockroaches to live and breed and we have some of the biggest cockroach problems in the world.
Preventative treatment is definitely the way to go. It is far easier to prevent a cockroach infestation than to try and get rid of them.
Cockroaches pose problems both domestically and commercially. Like all pests they need food and water to survive and this means they are usually drawn to kitchens and places where food is readily available.
They are very robust animals and can withstand severe conditions. They can also adapt and move on when their food source dries up and in many commercial settings they can migrate to different parts of a building.
The Problem With Cockroaches
There are two main issues with cockroaches. The first is that they pose some serious health risk. They are not clean animals and pose a lot of threats to humans and animals.
Cockroaches carry bacteria that has been linked to diarrhea, polio and typhoid fever. They also carry salmonella and e-coli which are linked to food poisoning – just one of the many reasons why food establishments are at great risk to cockroaches.
Another big health concern with cockroaches is that their feces and saliva can easily be left behind on foods, containers and even cutlery. This can go undetected and cause serious health problems.
It often takes a trained eye to detect the signs of a cockroach infestation and pest control specialists are usually quite good in finding these subtle signs and tracking down the little pests.
The second big problem that cockroaches pose is that they can ruin electrical wiring. One of their favourite breeding grounds are in the engine compartments of fridges. They also tend to eat through wiring which can cause your appliances to fail – and in the worse case scenario it can cause electrical fires.
How To Prevent Cockroaches
Anywhere where food is available in abundance is at risk. Places like restaurants and commercial kitchens are particularly at risk since there’s so much food that can attract cockroaches.
Immaculate cleaning habits are essential in these establishments. Thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and making sure that food are cleaned from floors and all surfaces. Wiping it down and removing all food residues is also important since that can attract them as well.
Making sure all food containers are thoroughly sealed and that cockroaches can’t easily get access to them.
Make sure you always clean in areas where cockroaches are known to breed. Typically this is behind fridges and freezers, dishwashers and microwave ovens.
Professional Cockroach Treatments
Pest control specialists deal with cockroach infestations and prevention all the time. Food establishments have obligations to keep their establishments to a certain health standard and for this reason many have ongoing pest control services.
Professional cockroach prevention involves the application of barrier sprays in and around the most common areas where they are known to hang out.
Preventative treatments are highly effective but due to hazard standards the typical treatment in New South Wales (and most of Australia) will only last for about 4 months. This is why professional pest control is recommended once a quarter for any business that store, prepare or serve food.
In a domestic setup, over the counter products can work but if you have a more serious infestation you may need professional help.
Professional cockroach treatment is not the same as the stuff you buy at Bunnings. It is far more effective but can only be purchased and used by a certified pest control specialist.
If you have cockroaches in your home or if your business in Penrith is at risk, we are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call today for a free quote and expert advice on getting rid of cockroaches.