German Cockroaches

German cockroach on keyboard

German cockroaches like your electronics

Although relatively small in size (approx. 12-16 mm), German Cockroaches can cause an enormous impact in both domestic and commercial situations. Not only are they unsightly to have around your premises (causing stress or anxiety), they also create unhealthy and unsanitary environments in food and food preparation areas.

German Cockroaches are heavily associated with contaminating food and food handling utensils. Their presence is often portrayed by their droppings, empty egg cases, cast-off skins and regurgitation marks (vomit).

German cockroach (pic. courtesy Jon Augier, Museum Victoria)

German cockroach (pic. courtesy Jon Augier, Museum Victoria)

In conjunction with such unsanitary conditions, German Cockroaches have been implicated in carrying disease competent organisms (bacteria, pathogens). Many of these organisms are carried on the legs and body of German Cockroaches.

Because of their rapid breeding lifecycle, German Cockroaches have the ability to populate areas in a short period of time (just a few weeks). German Cockroaches feed on various foods to survive. They conceal themselves extremely well in a wide range areas, like cracks and crevices, but especially around warm and moist environments.

German Cockroaches are at home concealing themselves in and around electrical appliances (i.e. microwave ovens, dishwashers, televisions, refrigerators).

If you suspect you may have a problem with German cockroaches, or any other unwanted pest, call the experts at Amalgamated Pest Control. We can devise a solution specifically tailored to your requirements, and remove those unwanted pests for you.

Call 13 19 61 today!

 

Avoid pests in your home while away on holidays!

As many of us are packing up the family and hitting the road for some well-earned time away, we will inevitably be leaving our home for a period of time. While we’re away, what is to stop the pests moving in?

Here are our Top Tips on how to deter pests from your home these holidays while you’re away.

1. Ants

Store food in sealed containers

Store food in sealed containers

  • Make sure all foods are sealed in air tight containers.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes in the kitchen sink.
  • Do not leave dirty laundry in rooms or on the laundry floor.
  • Only feed pets with enough food for immediate consumption. Do not overfeed pets with food in the morning. If they don’t eat it all, ants will definitely be attracted to it.
  • Ensure all tree and shrub branches/palms/ foliage do not make contact with the external house walls or roof structure. This often provides an ideal opportunity for ants to gain access into the building.
  • Remove items away from external walls (e.g. firewood) building supplies, pipes, hoses. This deters concealed access by ants but is also quite relevant for subterranean termites.
  • Ensure all water taps are firmly turned-off as excess water and dampness attracts a multitude of pests (e.g. ants, flies, termites).

 

2. Bed Bugs

Protectabed mattress covering

Protectabed mattress covering

  • Install bed mattress covers (e.g. Protecta-Bed covers) on your bed mattress as this will exclude the opportunity for Bed Bugs to conceal themselves around the folds and seams. Speak to your local Amalgamated Branch about Protecta-Bed covers
  • Sadly, fold out sofas are notorious harbourage areas for Bed Bugs as they conceal themselves in and around all the cracks and crevices within.
  • Check the bed, bed base and bed mattress – Particularly the mattress folds and seams for any sign of blood spotting or staining (SEE PHOTO).

 

3. Flies (Maggots)

Blowflies

Blowflies

  • Keep all foods sealed in air tight containers.
  • Rinse out and wash all rubbish bins including waste receptacles or before re-lining them for ease of rubbish removal (Even the wheelie bins).
  • Do not overload the rubbish bin days before collection with perishables (e.g. seafood remnants). Store these few items in a freezer unit and dispose of on the day of rubbish collection.
  • Regularly remove all dog droppings and clean out the kitty litter trays.
  • Only feed pets with enough food for immediate consumption. Do not overfeed pets with food in the morning. If they don’t eat it all many fly species will soon locate it and deposit eggs/larvae into it.

 

4. Mosquitoes

Leaving dirty dishes in the sink can attract all sorts of insects

Leaving dirty dishes in the sink can attract all sorts of insects

  • Avoid strongly scented perfumes or toiletries, as the smell can attract insects. Seal and put these away carefully before you leave.
  • Ensure there are no pools of water outside, or areas where rain can accumulate.  Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, so remove the possibility.

5. Ticks/Fleas

  • Check everybody (adults, children & pets), including shoes and clothing when leaving risk areas (e.g. Bushland /long grassy areas). Ticks/Fleas are ideally suited to hitching a ride on the host.
  • Pay careful attention and brush yourself off before going into the home.
  • Regular vacuuming of floor areas will keep the flea population controlled.
  • Protect your animal pets (dogs, cats) by keeping their Tick and Flea program/treatments up to date – Keep it marked on a calendar or set it on your phone alarm for easy reminders.
  • Keep your animal pets (dog, cats) bedding area regularly cleaned and treated (for further information consult with your pest management technician).
Come back to a pest free home!

Come back to a pest free home!


 

Follow these simple tips and you won’t be confronted with an avoidable pest problem when returning home these holidays.

 

Enjoy your break!

 

Avoid hitch-hikers this holiday season!

Over the next few weeks, many of us will be packing up the family and hitting the road for some well-earned time away. While bringing home souvenirs from your trip is all part of the fun, quite often you may pick up some unwanted guests on your travels, and unknowingly bring them home with you too.

Here are our Top Tips on how to avoid pests coming home with you this holiday season.

1. Ants
Ants On Food

  • Keep all foods sealed in air tight containers.
  • Avoid attracting ants to your camping area and personal belongings by storing food items in a separate area.
  • Use a broom, dust pan and brush to sweep out the caravan, camper trailer prior to heading home.

Insects like ants are ideal hitch-hikers. Migrating ants such as Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA) have been able to infest soils, potted plants and hay bales, before being transported away from the area. Once ‘off-loaded’ at the new area, they can quickly establish a new colony.

 

2.  Bed Bugs

Do you really think your suitcase couldn't pick up bed bugs?

Do you really think your suitcase couldn’t pick up bed bugs?

  • When travelling with suitcases – DO NOT PUT SUITCASES ON BEDS!! This provides an ideal opportunity for Bed Bugs to enter the suitcase. If necessary, place suitcases in the rooms wardrobe.
  • Do NOT store your suitcase under the bed, as this allows Bed Bugs easy access to enter the suitcase. If necessary, place suitcases in the room’s wardrobe.
  • Check fold out sofa beds for Bed Bugs, as these insects conceal themselves well in and around all the cracks and crevices within.
  • Check the bed, bed base and bed mattress – particularly the mattress folds and seams – for any sign of blood spotting, staining, eggs or bugs (see photo below). Discretely notify reception of any pest problems you may find.
Bed bugs found in the corner of a mattress

This is what you’re looking for – bed bugs in the corner of a mattress

 

3.  Flies (Maggots)

  • Keep all foods sealed in air tight containers.
  • Regular rubbish removal (daily) from around campsite areas will deter fly presence and persistent activity.

 

A reaction to mozzie bites after a brief walk at dusk

A reaction to mozzie bites after a brief walk at dusk

4.  Mosquitoes

  • Reduce your exposure time by modifying your outdoor activities
  • Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Peak mosquito activity around dusk (4 – 6 pm). Some mosquitoes prefer to attack outdoors while a few species will bite indoors, primarily biting human hosts.
  • Use personal repellents in situations where high risk of mosquito activity is expected, use of personal repellents will provide protection against these biting insect pests. Many travel medicine experts recommend repellents containing DEET.

 

5.  Ticks/Fleas

You can still enjoy the great outdoors!

You can still enjoy the great outdoors!

  • Check everybody (adults/children/pets) including shoes and clothing when leaving high risk areas (e.g. Bushland / long grassed areas). Ticks/Fleas are ideally suited to hitching a ride on a host.
  • Pay careful attention and brush yourself off before you get into your vehicle.
  • Use personal repellents in areas of high risks and exposure to Ticks/Fleas is possible, use of personal repellents will provide protection against biting insect pests.

 

Follow these tips and you are much less likely to bring home those unwanted guests these holidays.

 

Happy travels!