Whether it is large cockroaches coming in from outside or small cockroaches who may have set up home in your kitchen, cockroaches are a health hazard and cause a lot of anxiety. Cockroaches may carry and transmit diseases such as Salmonella and many other bacteria, worms, viruses and protozoa onto food or food preparation areas resulting in food poisoning, gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid fever and more.

Household sprays only really kill the cockroaches you see, they don’t kill the numerous young cockroaches back in the “nest”. To get on top of a cockroach problem you need to use a combination of professional products applied in the appropriate areas to eliminate the infestation.

Here at Frontline Pest Management, we have the skills and products to get rid of the most persistent cockroach problems and keep your home or business cockroach-free.

What cockroach control services do we provide?

General Pet Control

General cockroach control is included in our general pest control treatment, which comes with a 12 month free service period. e. However, if you have a major infestation you may require a standalone cockroach treatment.

Specialist cockroach control treatment

If you are unlucky enough to have a ongoing cockroach problem, it will mean there is an established cockroach population in or around your home. To eliminate such an infestation requires a detailed inspection and the use of a range of products: baits, sprays and powders. For domestic customers our cockroach treatments come with a 12 month free service period.

Cockroach control treatment for commercial premises

How we deal with cockroach problems

Aerosol sprays are okay for the occasional cockroach, but if you have a cockroach problem you really need to call a professional to get control, especially for German or Brown-banded cockroach problems. These small cockroaches can build a “nest” in the smallest of locations; not only cracks under cupboards, but in electrical goods, even hinges or control panels on dishwashers! That’s is why we take time to carry out a thorough inspection before carrying out a cockroach treatment.

If you have a cockroach infestation, 90% of the population remains hidden – gravid females and nymphs tend to remain near their hiding places. As such, to achieve control, you need to use a cockroach bait to control the population, sometimes in combination with powders and sprays.

The sprays a professional can use are very different to the sprays you can buy in a supermarket. Supermarket sprays tend to be repellent and have the effect of excluding cockroaches from a particular area rather than controlling the problem. The new sprays available to professionals are non-repellent, which means the cockroaches walk over the treatment without noticing the insecticide. As a result they pick up in the insecticide on their cuticle and transfer it other cockroaches back in the hiding places, magnifying its effect.

Our cockroach treatments typically include the use of non-repellent sprays, cockroach baits and insecticide powders to provide a comprehensive treatment to tackle the problem from all angles and get on top of the problems as quickly as possible.

Typically, in all but the heaviest infestations, the problem will be under control in under a week. We offer a 12 month warranty on cockroach treatments carried out on domestic properties. For commercial properties we will tailor a regular service program, with warranties lasting between services. The success of any treatment still depends on the homeowner implementing the recommended tips to make the conditions less attractive for cockroaches to take up residence.

How to keep cockroaches out of your home

1) The key preventative action is to reduce the available food sources by maintaining good hygiene:

•  Clear up any spilled food

•  Clean down and under the oven / fridge regularly

•  Do not leave unwashed dishes out overnight

•  Do not leave pet food bowls out with food in

•  Food should be stored in tight “cockroach-proof” containers

•  Put rubbish into sealed bins and stack away from the house

2) Fix any leaking taps / pipework

3) As cockroaches like to hide in cracks and can enter the house / unit through cracks, fill any cracks in the floors, walls and fill gaps around pipework.

4) As the peridomestic cockroaches often like to live in and around wood piles, mulch, garden debris, keep such materials away from buildings.

5) Check incoming packaging material, such as cardboard boxes. This is a common way for the German cockroach to enter your property and set up home.

6) If you are in an apartment block, it is important to have an overall pest plan for the building as cockroaches readily spread from one apartment to the next through the shared pipework.

7) Have an aerosol spray available that can be used to quickly kill the occasional cockroaches that enter your home.

How to get rid of cockroaches

There are a number of options available for exterminating cockroaches. When applied correctly, each can control cockroaches effectively. Professional treatment is the most effective way to get rid of cockroaches in your home or business to guarantee a long-term solution and prevent re-infestation.

For businesses, a cockroach infestation will result in contamination of food and surfaces, damage to stored food, potential action by food safety authorities and damage to your reputation. The health hazards associated with this disease-spreading insect are a concern for both homeowners and businesses.

Below is a description of the treatments available for getting rid of cockroaches.

Do you have a cockroach problem? Get a free quote for eliminating cockroaches.

With a deep understanding of the habits of each cockroach species, we can use our knowledge to develop an effective control program for your property.

Cockroach bait

Cockroach bait is one of the most common methods of cockroach control and is extremely effective in indoor locations such as kitchens (both commercial and residential), food handling and preparation areas, hotels and hospitals.

Cockroach baits come in three formats – liquid, gel and solid.

The success of the treatment exploits the cannibalistic nature of cockroaches to help successfully remove an infestation. The bait is placed in strategic areas around a property where cockroaches are known to dwell. The toxins in the bait will not only affect the cockroach that consumes the bait, but also affects other roaches through secondary transmission.

After a cockroach has fed they will often return to the nest where they will defecate. Any other cockroach which consumes the faeces, saliva, or carcass of the infected roach will also be affected by the cockroach bait. Infection can also occur through direct contact with the toxins from the bait dispersed within the cockroach nest.

Essentially this creates a cycle of cockroaches becoming infected and passing it on to other roaches. Because of this, cockroach bait has a proven track record of successfully exterminating whole colonies of cockroaches.

Proactive cockroach control is best suited for businesses, especially those handling food where it can help to comply with food safety legislation, standards and audit requirements for food hygiene.

It involves taking active measures to prevent infestation and monitor for early signs of an infestation.

Call Frontline Pest Management on 3293 4475 to discuss our full range of cockroach treatments.