Cockroaches are nocturnal and omnivore feeders, which can transmit diseases and bacteria pathogens such as salmonella, dysentery and gastro-enteritis. In addition, they can cause skin irritations, allergic reactions and breathing difficulties with increases in eczema and childhood asthma being linked to cockroach droppings.
Due to their resilience, adaptability, high reproduction rates and health risks to humans, cockroaches are widely considered a pest. In order to eradicate these pests effectively, the methods must be comprehensive, sustained and systematic. A female cockroach can lay 5 to 30 egg sacs containing 12 to 40 eggs. Knowing this, it is essential that you respond quickly at the first signs of an infestation.
We also offer chemical and chemical free cockroach treatments from North Shore to South Auckland for commercial premises.
Follow Our Simple Treatment Steps
Get in touch to discuss your pest issue. We will ask for some basic information and give you a price over the phone
Make A Booking
If you are happy with the price, book in a time that suits you for a technician to travel to your property
Prepare Your Home
Once booked we will provide you with some simple steps to follow to have your property ready for your treatment
Let Us Do What We Do Best
Our expert technicians will apply the optimum treatment to solve your pest issue
Enjoy Your Pest Free Home
We send through a post treatment report and you get to breathe easy in your safe and clean home
Different Cockroach Species In New Zealand
This breed of cockroach are small, wingless and native to New Zealand. Although originally based in Australia, they were first recorded in New Zealand at Gisborne and later in more areas in the North Island, Nelson and Blenheim. They commonly live outdoors in primarily damp, dark areas and decaying forest matter. Certain species can be found under slabs of rock in the subalpine and alpine regions of New Zealand.
As omnivores, they feed on organic materials, including dead wood, and have symbiotic gut flora which helps them digest dead wood and similar matter. While they may be considered a household pest, these insects do not naturally live indoors and are most commonly brought into a home via firewood, or are attracted by timber and bark chips.
The American cockroach is the largest common species of cockroach and is considered a pest in many areas of the world, including New Zealand. Despite its name, these cockroaches are native to Africa and the Middle East, and are now one of the main cockroaches commonly found in New Zealand. These insects have adapted to human living spaces, with evolved detoxification, immune systems, and growth and reproduction methods.
Also omnivores, these cockroaches eat many materials, including cheese, beer, tea, leather, bakery products, plant materials, book bindings, glue and fermenting foods. When it comes to their ideal habitat, American cockroaches prefer moist areas with higher temperatures, and are found in many different residential areas. American cockroaches can cause sickness in humans, from their odorous secretion and the bacteria they pick up and deposit on foods and surface areas.
The German cockroach is a smaller species of cockroach that can vary from tan to almost black. This species of cockroach is considered one of the most troublesome domestic pests. When it comes to domestic areas, the German cockroach is common in restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels and institutional establishments such as nursing homes. As they cannot survive in the cold, they become more common in domestic areas when the climate is cooler.
Defined as ‘omnivorous scavengers’ these cockroaches will feed on meats, starches, sugars and fatty foods. They have also been known to eat soap, glue and toothpaste. Of all the cockroaches listed here these are considered more resilient in the face of many pest control measures. German cockroaches are usually found around kitchen cupboards/appliances, bathroom, hot water cupboard, laundry.
Dealing With This Pest
Due to their resilience, adaptability, high reproduction rates and health risks to humans, cockroaches are widely considered a pest. In order to eradicate these pests effectively, the methods must be comprehensive, sustained and systematic.
From our perspective, you should avoid killing cockroaches by squashing them, as when you squash female cockroaches they may drop their eggs, and the problem becomes worse. Cockroaches can start producing from six weeks of age and they can live up to two years. The math is startling if control is not put in place.
The chances of a cockroach infestation can be reduced by filling cracks in walls and foundations, keeping living areas dry and clean, clearing away any rubbish, and removing human and food waste regularly. You can keep these insects out of the house by keeping any shrubs and/or planting away from the house. Native cockroaches often breed in bark gardens.
Our Treatment Process
Give us a call or fill out a form to book an appointment for a cockroach control service. Before we can give you a price we will need to know the suburb of your property, whether the cockroaches are being found indoors or outside, and any particular areas of concentration.
Once we know the details we will be able to provide an estimate over the phone and book in a time for a technician to travel to your property.
The treatment works on residual contact. The insect has to absorb the product by crawling over the product. The product then kills the insect by affecting the nervous system. Powder treatment works the same way, while gel bait is treated as a food source and ingested by the insect.
German cockroaches are treated with residual product, gel, powder and/or granules. It is a targeted treatment in infested area and heavy infestation may require residual barrier in adjoining rooms.
Native cockroaches are usually treated externally with a residual barrier around base of house and if required we can do an internal barrier around skirting boards and other entrance points. They are generally identified by size and you can usually only see a random insect around ceiling or walls.
After the treatment has been administered the technician will inform you that it has been completed. Depending on the type of treatment used the area may need to be avoided for a certain period of time.
Once the cockroach has made contact with the pesticide it will take a couple of hours before it is killed. They are likely to wander out before dying which allows for easy removal or alternatively they die near their nest. Other cockroaches will eat a dead cockroach and will come into contact, ingest the treatment themselves which will further assist the extermination process.
Preparation – Ensure all surfaces are cleaned and free of dust and grime. Clean sufaces allows us to offer a more effective treatment.
- Your technician will assess cockroach activity to identify areas needing treatment.
- This may involve application of a pesticide barrier around the outside of the building.
- A barrier treatment is then applied inside the building, along crawl areas such as skirting boards.
- Electrical appliances also may be treated with an insecticide powder, while cockroach gel bait may be placed inside areas such as kitchen cupboards or pantries.
- Monitor traps may also be installed.
Note: While you can visually check traps that have been put inside your property, you should not touch them. If there is no bait left, please contact your property owner/manager or call our office as you will need further treatment.
Native cockroaches – we can guarantee that if they come into contact with the product it will kill them. We can’t guarantee them outside as this is their natural habitat.
German cockroaches – guarantee to get rid of current infestation – our price includes a follow up treatment if required.
If there are still live cockroaches in the traps after four weeks from your treatment date, then please contact our office or your property manager/owner.
Dogs must be secured before our technician arrives, away from treatment area. All animals (birds, cats, dogs) to be removed to non-treatment area e.g. garage / if garage is being treated animals to be removed from site during treatment and for 3 hours after treatment.
We also offer chemical and chemical free cockroach treatments for commercial premises.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not necessarily; by squashing the cockroach, you’ll usually squash the egg sac too.
Cockroaches can bite, however it would be very unusual for cockroaches in NZ to bite – they’re rarely aggressive.
Cockroaches are flat, oval shaped insects that are usually brown/brownish black in colour. They are found in damp, dark places; often in cupboards, under/inside kitchen appliances, or inside walls.
There are three stages – egg, nymph and adult.