Cockroaches eat almost anything, from food to faecal matter and carry bacteria and pathogens that are harmful to human health. Bacteria survive on cockroaches for months and are passed on whenever we eat food that has been touched by them.
Cockroaches also release allergens and have been linked to causing asthma and irritating allergies.
There are three common types of cockroach found in homes around in the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter regions: the Oriental, American and German cockroaches.
Perimeter Pest is expert in exterminating them all.
The Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis) is brownish-back in colouring and is around 2-3 cm in length. They can usually be found on the ground floor of buildings around water. They can be found around sewers and drains, under sinks, baths and washing machines.
The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is reddish-brown in colour and can grow up to 5 cm. They live in warm, humid areas such as drains. The American cockroach is nocturnal and will hide in walls, cracks and crevices during the day.
The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
The German cockroach (Blattella germanica) is light brown in colour with two dark brown stripes just below its head. They are around 1.5 cm in length. They are the most common type of cockroach found in homes and are very difficult to get rid of.
To exterminate cockroaches from Newcastle homes Perimeter Pest conducts a thorough search of the area to identify all their hiding holes and uses specialised treatments to get rid of them.
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Obscure facts about cockroaches:
- Cockroaches have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.
- Cockroaches are cold-blooded insects meaning they can live almost a month without food.
- A cockroach can live a week without water.
- Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life.
- A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head.
- Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.
- Cockroaches can run up to 4 kms an hour.