If you think cockroaches are only highly active in the hotter times of year, think again.
In the spring-summer months, temperatures are ideal for increased breeding and activity for cockroach species, however in the colder months there is a species of cockroach that can thrive. The German cockroach.
Last week we attended a property in Kiama and as you can see from this photo, there is a significant German cockroach problem. We have been dealing with an unusually high number of German cockroach infestations through June in Kiama and south into the Shoalhaven region. This pest has evolved to inhabit environments that humans inhabit, these are environments that are kept nice and warm in winter months and as a consequence allow this pest to live its breeding potential when most insect’s life cycles slow right down.
How can I get rid of cockroaches?
To provide the most effective results we combine both non-chemical and chemical methods for good reasons. It is the most prolific breeder of all the ‘pest’ cockroaches, developing from hatching to adulthood in as little as 40 days. Each egg case may contain 30-40 eggs and is carried by the female until just prior to hatching usually have 3-4 generations per year. They are transported from place to place by human activities, where egg cases, nymphs and adults are transported in food packaging, cardboard boxes, electrical items and the like. Which means you can easily unknowingly introduce them into your environment and once there they will multiply very fast.
Why are cockroaches active in winter?
Part of the reason why this cockroach can remain highly active all year round is because of its preferred habitat. The vast majority of infestations occur in kitchens and food handling areas both commercially and domestically. They seek out cracks and crevices internally close to a food and water source, preferably in areas providing warmth in which they will hide themselves in during the daylight hours, which means the early stages of an infestation usually goes un-noticed. If you are seeing them in the day time, it usually means the infestation is well established. In theory this cockroach can live up to its full breeding potential through the winter months making it a significant winter pest. Infestations usually start in an area such as a kitchen, where food and water is abundant. Once populations become too large for the kitchen, they spread out, and if not managed will infest the whole home taking up hiding places in living areas and bedrooms.
Having such a rapid breeding cycle means that this cockroach can establish itself in your home very quickly. With the fact that the German cockroach closely cohabits with humans, major health threats can arise. It can be responsible for disease transmission in humans and the most common being intestinal-type diseases such as Salmonella, (food poisoning).
Our cockroach treatments are so effective and specifically targeted to cockroach harbourages and hiding areas that we are able to provide a 12 month service warranty. We do not treat German cockroaches at a spate price, if we treat cockroaches, all species are included for the one price.
Don’t risk your family’s health, Contact Amalgamated Pest Control Shoalhaven today.