A Guide to Identifying Common Types of Cockroaches
Long despised by homeowners, the cockroach is more than just a creepy nuisance pest that can survive freezing temperatures and a week without its head. This creature can pose serious health risks to humans if it finds a way indoors. In fact, all types of cockroaches pick up germs on the spines of their legs as they crawl through decaying matter, which may be transferred to humans through food contamination. Cockroaches are known to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, as well as six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. In addition, cockroaches can trigger asthma and allergy attacks as their droppings, saliva and shed skin contain potent allergens and can exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in children. To keep your family and home safe from a cockroach infestation, pest control and prevention is key. However, it's inevitable that some cockroaches will find a way inside homes. As a result, it's important to pay close attention for signs of an infestation and take action if this pest is found.
Signs of an Gisborne Cockroach Infestation
There are three telltale signs of an Gisborne cockroach infestation: sightings, egg capsules and odor.
- Sightings: Especially during the cooler months of the year, Gisborne cockroaches may be seen outside near moist gutters, around landscaping beds, and coming in and out of sewers and storm drains during the night. During the day, Gisborne cockroaches congregate in dark, moist and undisturbed spaces.
- Egg Capsules: Aside from sightings of the cockroaches themselves, egg cases ranging in size from 8 to 10 mm in length will appear during an infestation. Gisborne cockroach egg cases are usually dark brown or reddish in color. Each egg case can hold about 30-40 young.
- Odor: Smells will also alert a homeowner to an Gisborne cockroach infestation. Gisborne cockroaches secrete chemicals to communicate with each other. The chemicals have a notorious musty odor.
Gisborne cockroaches live naturally in your garden
The Gisborne cockroach is a bush cockroach and prefer to live outside in bark gardens. In the winter Gisborne cockroach come into your house when the house cools down. The cockroach mistakes your house for the garden based on their similar temperatures. Once inside they are trapped and wander around much to the disgust of some people. They can get established in kitchens causing a full blown infestation.
A FREE tip is to cut foliage back to a 5cm gap around your house- if possible. This will reduce the chances of the Gisborne cockroach getting onto you house and then getting in through windows or doorways.
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