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Controlling Cockroaches and Stinging Insects: 10 Pest Control Tips!

There are more than 4,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, but only around 30 of these are considered pests. Of these 30 species, a mere six varieties of cockroach are notorious across Australia.

The number of nuisance cockroach species may be few, but the problems they can cause are significant. Here are the problems with cockroaches and what you can do to control them.

Do You Have a Cockroach Problem?

If you see a few cockroaches scurrying across your floor at night, chances are there are many more hiding just below the surface. This is because cockroaches are nocturnal, and they will usually emerge long after you’ve gone to bed for the night. They could be coming out of cracks, emerging from below the floor, or coming from the drains.

Here are some of the problems that a cockroach infestation can cause:

  • Cockroaches will eat anything they come in contact with, including food, soap, paper, plants, and leather. As well as eating, they will leave faeces on these surfaces. If you eat food that a cockroach has been crawling on, it could lead to food poisoning!
  • As well as faeces, cockroaches spread disease and germs by leaving saliva, urine, digestive fluids and other secretions in their wake. These droppings can lead to digestive problems, salmonella, urinary tract infections, and more!
  • Cockroaches aggravate existing allergies and trigger new ones. This is because their secretions contain many allergens. This could be particularly dangerous for individuals who already suffer from asthma!
What You Can Do To Control Cockroaches!
  • Figure out which cockroach species is in your home.
  • Take steps to limit the presence of cockroaches based on the species you are dealing with.
  • For all cockroaches, ensure access to shelter, food, and water is removed. Repair leaks, remove clutter, seal entry points, and clean your kitchen and home thoroughly before bed.
  • Monitor spaces where cockroaches usually gather (particularly dark areas such as the space behind drawers, underneath sinks, and in voids).
  • Arrange professional cockroach elimination services and continue to practice preventative maintenance.
Dealing with Stinging Insects

Wasps, bees, hornets, fire ants, velvet ants, and yellowjackets are all examples of stinging insects. In general, these insects will only sting when threatened, and in some cases, the presence of these insects can be beneficial.

Depending on the species, these insects can be found nesting within walls and attics, under trees and eaves, or evn underground. Fruit, nectar, soft drinks, meat, oil, and other insects can all be the preferred food for stinging insects.

These insects are often social, meaning large colonies with thousands of insects can gather over time.

If you’re concerned about stinging insects, ask a professional pest control technician to assess the situation.

What You Can Do To Control Stinging Insects!
  • Limit water and food sources by sealing outdoor bins, covering pet food, disposing of fruit that falls from your trees, and ensuring no food or drink is left outdoors.
  • Ensure your home is well sealed to prevent stinging insects from entering. This includes sealing windows, doors, and cracks.
  • Provide fewer areas for stinging insects to shelter by removing debris from your garden.
  • If you have problems with stinging insects, consider moving flowering fauna away from your home or removing it completely.
  • For professional removal of stinging insects and nests, consult a pest control professional.

For professional pest control services in Sydney, including Glenwood, Baulkham Hills, and Castle Hill, contact QuePest Control today.