American Cockroach

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Cockroach Viaduct CBD Auckland

Cockroach fumigation central Auckland

American cockroaches Central CBD Auckland   are NOT common. They are often in older Auckland suburbs with  ceramic sewer systems. They are most commonly found in high numbers in Auckland sewers. In particular in the warmer months. However the American cockroach in Central Auckland is  uncommon in houses and businesses in Auckland. If there is a break or fault in the sewers then they can make an appearance. In one suburb they even appeared to come up from the ground! To establish themselves in a dwelling or business they need two things, (i) a source of heat (ii) a source of food.  As they breed very quickly and are a health risk they have to be kicked out.

Wrongly named they are actually from Africa. They were originally introduced from Africa to America and quickly established themselves in the warmer state of Florida. As a result of being very numerous various warm states of America they came to be known as the American Cockroach.

Signs of an Infestation

There are four telltale signs of an American cockroach infestation. First, homeowners will see the fast-moving insects themselves usually fleeing to dark areas. Second, American cockroaches leave behind droppings in the dim areas in which they hide. These small droppings are blunt on the ends and have ridges on the sides. They are often mistaken for mouse droppings, so it’s important to contact a licensed pest control professional for proper identification. Another sign of an American cockroach infestation is the presence of egg capsules, which are about 8 mm long and dark-colored. These are sometimes glued to a surface near food sources, and can be found in basements, laundry rooms and kitchens, as well as behind appliances or underneath cabinets. Lastly, the American cockroach will produce a pheromone that some people describe as having a “musty” smell. People with sensitive noses may notice this odor around the house.

How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches

Cockroaches are some of the most resilient pests in the world. They exhibit unique survival tactics, including the ability to live for a week without their head, making their eradication a difficult task for homeowners to do themselves.

People can take steps, however, to mitigate American cockroach problems through barrier exclusion and cleanliness. Barrier exclusion involves preventing cockroaches from entering the home through small cracks in walls, gaps near electric sockets and switch plates, and up through drains. Use a silicone-based caulk to seal these openings.

Having a clean and sanitary home will also make it less inviting to American cockroaches. Homeowners should keep counters, sinks, tables and floors free of clutter and crumbs. Do not let dishes pile up in the sink or spills marinate on the counter. It’s also good practice to store food in airtight containers, and avoid leaving pet food out in the open. Some other ways to prevent American cockroaches include vacuuming at least once a week to remove food particles, ventilating crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup and running water periodically in spare bathrooms to keep u-traps filled.

If a cockroach infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest control professional for advice on American cockroach control and elimination. A pest professional will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan to get rid of American cockroaches and help prevent a future problem.