Leaving for work last week, my son and I discovered a large dying American Cockroach at our front door of our Capalaba home.  Given my chosen line of work, the odd Cockroach does not have a long life expectancy once voyaging into our humble abode. Much to my sons delight, I thought it would be interesting to send the little guy (the American) into kindy for the day, where my sons class were coincidentally learning about insects. Needless to say, the kindy teachers were none to impressed and I was greeted by a few disgusted looks and even a squeal.  

Cockroaches are the ultimate pest. We all hate them, think they are disgusting and I think every one will agree the second they see a cockroach its definitely time to call in the pest controller. 

Despite our distaste for the dreaded cockroach, looking into the facts, we learn they are quiet an interesting little creature. Here's what most people probably already know about Cockroaches....

  • They are resilient little buggers, supposedly capable of surviving the explosion of an atomic boom (or so the legends say)
  • There are more then one species of cockroach. Most commonly we see the American Cockies (pictured above) that are approximately 3-4cm long and Brown in colour.  Or the dreaded German Cockroaches, tiny little cockroaches (and lots of them), that breed very, very quickly.
  • Our kitchens and their endless supply of food seem to be their favorite places to hang out and inflict aforementioned terror on said hosts. We tend to find the Germans places with warmth and a food supply, like the dishwasher, oven or fridge. 
  • It almost always takes a whole can of spray (off the shelf from Woolies Brand Spray) to kill one cockroach. 
  • They are creepy looking, move swiftly and quiet easily will send most women, children & the occasional man into a screaming, shuddering fit, followed by a swift tumble out the first available exit to freedom.

But here's a few facts that you may not know....

  • Cockies are capable of living in extreme conditions. Yes they definitely enjoy south east Queenslands humidity, warmth and sunshine, which makes sense as they enjoy the tropics and subtropical regions of the world. In fact, Cockies can also withstand all different climates including extremely cold environments allowing them to live in places such as the Artic. 
  • Thinking about getting a new pet?  Your in luck. Australia is home to the world's largest cockroach, the Australian giant burrowing cockroach (Macropanesthia rhinoceros), which can grow to 9 cm long and weigh more than 30g. That's about the same size as a mouse or a big hermit crab. 
  • Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and run away when exposed to light.
  • It is said that Cockroaches will "inherit the earth" if we humans destroy our race as a result of nuclear war. As the legend leads us to believe, Cockroaches do indeed have a much higher radiation resistance than humans, with the lethal dose perhaps six to 15 times then that for humans.
  • Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some have wings. However, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying.

So now that we know the facts, the important question is how do we get rid of them?

Stay tuned for part 2....


Do termites infest houses made of wood only?

This is a common question asked by most homeowners, what people do not know is that a termite infestation does not depend on whether you use bricks, timber, or any other material for construction. Termites can enter and severely damage properties made of almost any building material. It is therefore advisable to carry out routine termite inspections, maintain termite treatments / preventatives and to use a good pest control company in your home to keep ahead of any potential destruction they may cause.

You should however note that detecting the presence of termites in a home is quite a challenge. Termites hide in areas of the home that are not easily visible to the human eye, only expert pest control companies with a professionally trained pest control (timber pest) technicians can advise on the best course of action. Using the latest technologies, thermal imaging and other hi-tech non invasive techniques available to the pest control industry they can carry out an expert visual termite inspection and pest control treatments.


Termite Destruction

Termites tiny, yet highly destructive, are a major threat to your home, they cause millions of dollars in damage globally every year. There are two major types of termites, and they are classified based on how they attack your home. Dry wood termites move in swarms and will attack your home from outside while subterranean termites are known to burrow into the ground and attack your home from the foundation, only the best termite pest control companies and their highly trained pest control technicians can  identify and eradicate these pests properly.


Our Process - Inspection

If you want to protect your home against a termite invasion or you want to treat existing termite pest control issues, call us. We will send an expert Timber Pest technician to conduct a thorough inspection of your home using the latest techniques in pest control.

During the inspection, the technician will look for signs of termite workings including termite mudding, mud shelter tubes, and termite wings. The pest control technician checks all areas in the home including the roof void. Our fully trained and qualified  timber pest technician will then give you a report and advice on what you can do or what needs to be done moving forwards.

Once our technicians have advised you on the best courses of action, they will schedule a convenient time to implement the best pest control solution available. We use the latest pest control solutions that are nontoxic, child and pet friendly, so you do not have to leave your home. We strive to ensure that our solutions are implemented both inside the home and in the surrounding outside areas required to ensure the termites are kept at bay.

After the initial pest control treatments are applied, we will schedule future visits or future treatments so as to keep your termite pest control in check. We will send a qualified pest control technician to your home to check on the effectiveness of the treatments when required and to check for any termite activities to ensure the termites are gone and that your property is kept pest free.

Brisbane based pest control, our areas of operation

We offer our pest control services across Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Ipswich, Eight Mile Plains, Mt. Gravatt, and Sunnybank, as well as Capalaba, Victoria Point and Mt Cotton with many happy customers to date. For all full list of all suburbs refer to our service areas page.

For more information on what we can do for your pest control and termite pest control services feel free to contact us on 07 3390 1353 or emial and we will be glad to help.