Hey, it's probably not as bad as you think because........not all cockroaches are equal. You can divide them into two distinct categories;
Update 2 September 2012.
We're getting a few enquiries from customers saying the cockroaches they've got are different to the one's featured below. Apologies for not explaining ourselves better. These aren't the only outdoor cockroaches you'll see around your home.....just the most common ones by far. Other common outdoor cockroaches you may see include the Smokey Brown, Oriental and Brown Banded. Oh, and if you're interested these are the two types of nasty indoor cockroaches. German and American
- Indoor cockroaches: the nasty little buggers that live in your kitchen behind the fridge and think nothing of walking all over your dinner with their little disease ridden feet . You definitely don't want these in your home but we won't spend to much time on these as they're not as common as the......
- Outdoor cockroaches: these guys are harmless. Scary looking, especially if they're the big black Gisborne cockroach, but harmless. They'd much rather be outside frolicking in leaf litter and decaying wood but they occasionally they pop inside for a visit and to hang out on the walls of your home.
|Gisborne Cockroach (Actual Size)|
So why do these outdoor cockroaches want to pop in for a visit? Well, it's winter and it's getting a bit cold and wet outside. If you're looking for somewhere warm and dry, then it's just a short crawl up the wall and through that gap in the window or around the drainpipe.
So, as long as you're not seeing cockroaches scuttle for cover when you switch on the kitchen light at night, then you've probably just got a few harmless wood cockroaches coming in looking for a bit of shelter.
Unpleasant. Yes, but certainly not a hygiene issue.
Still who really wants cockroaches in their home, even if they're harmless.
So what can you do to keep these guys out. Exclusion, exclusion, exclusion!!! You need to apply treatments to all potential entry points as well as the external walls to keep these pests out of your home and in the garden where they belong.
p.s. Above right is an actual size picture of native wood cockroach. Another very common outdoor cockroach you might see in your home this winter.
Regards, The Team at Bug King/Chimney King.