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Local Gold Coast Pest and Cockroach Information.

May 4, 2017

Cockroach prevention

Hygiene is the single most important factor in managing cockroach problems. Making access to food and water difficult constrains their normally high population growth.

Older buildings can be troublesome because old plumbing piping and equipment can leak and create damp conditions ideal for cockroaches. Fixing leaking equipment and sealing access points that allow cockroaches entry to the home are important steps in reducing cockroach numbers.

Doors and windows should be kept closed or screened at night to prevent cockroaches being attracted to lights and simply flying in.

Other common sense methods to reduce cockroach problems include:

  • Cleaning food-contaminated surfaces like benches and plates and not leaving them dirty overnight.

  • Reducing water availability overnight, mopping up puddles and fixing dripping taps and seals around sinks.

  • Storing food in tightly closed, cockroach-proof containers.

  • Inspecting incoming food for egg cases.

  • Storing rubbish in tightly closed containers.

  • Filling cracks and crevices that can act as shelter.

  • Inspecting and cleaning surfaces below food processors and toasters.

  • Cleaning ovens, cupboards and shelves.

  • Avoiding dropping crumbs and spilling sweet drinks in the vicinity of computers and keyboards.













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