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Where cockroaches live

Cockroaches prefer damp, dark places. They are often found inside walls, behind household appliances and in cupboards.

Cockroaches thrive in warm and damp conditions and will dehydrate if the environment is too dry. However, they can survive in extreme conditions for short periods of time. Cockroaches can survive months without food and up to 4 weeks without water. This makes them very difficult to get rid of.

Health risks from cockroaches

Cockroaches can transmit diseases like dysentery, salmonella and diarrhoea. Their eating habits also expose humans to dangerous diseases. Cockroaches can eat a range of foods, from faecal matter to fresh food intended for people to eat. If cockroaches contaminate your food or the surfaces you use, you could get sick.

Preventing cockroach infestations

You can reduce your chances of a cockroach infestation by:

  • filling cracks in walls and foundations
  • keeping living areas dry and clean
  • disposing of rubbish
  • removing human waste and food waste from the home quickly and efficiently.

If you already have cockroaches, you might need to set baited traps or apply an insecticide to the area. Insecticides work best when applied to areas where cockroaches hide during the day or where they pass through at night time.

It is vital to keep your home clean and dry to stop you from getting cockroaches in the first place.

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Kiwis warned their houses might soon be invaded by cockroaches

German cockroaches invade Auckland Suburbs

from TV3 newshub 

Recent hot weather has created a perfect breeding ground for cockroaches and experts warn the coming cool weather is going to bring them indoors.

ACES Pest Control said he has "just recently" seen an increase in cockroaches around Auckland.

"On one hand... we've seen them more because they reproduce more when it's hotter, but then you'll see them more inside houses when the houses cool down to the same temperatures as the gardens."

He explained there are two common types of cockroaches in New Zealand: the German cockroach and the Bush cockroach.

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Bush cockroaches which normally live outside and are blind and deaf. They are the critters New Zealanders are seeing more of at this time of year.

"They live in bark gardens and moist environments and this sort of warm climate we have been getting, essentially allows them to reproduce quicker and you get higher numbers and they sort of come inside the house as well you see.

"People often call me because they think they've got an infestation when in fact they have just got these cockroaches wandering in by accident."

The other type are German cockroaches, which actually come from Africa, and prefer warmer conditions. He said they only get into houses if they "get given to you", for example, if they are in a parcel or flowers that you bring inside.

ACES pest control had some advice for homeowners to keep cockroaches down to a minimum.

He recommended making sure all foliage, trees and bushes are placed at least five centimeters from your house as this is normally the route the cockroaches use at night to get in.

"They can actually cut down them on (to the house) by putting a gap between the plants and the house. Without using chemicals they will reduce the number getting on the house and getting in the house."

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