Monday, January 4, 2010

Cockroaches Love the Warmth

With the warm summer weather come ideal conditions for our insect pests. Cockroaches, ants, flies, wasps, aphids, etc. All will be increasing their populations and activity.

Cockroaches in particular love the warmth and humid climate of the north of the North Island. There are four species of cockroach that commonly infest homes; German, American, Gisborne and native Bush cockroaches. If you have seen cockroaches scurrying around your kitchen at night when you turn the lights on you may be able to identify which species it is by looking at the useful key provided by Landcare Research here. As you will see, the Bush and Gisborne are easily mistaken but the native Bush cockroach is much smaller when adult and rarely gets more than 15mm long. It is also less likely to live in a house but will come in from outside leaf litter.

Treatment of a cockroach infestation can be difficult because the eggs and egg cases are often laid in difficult to treat cracks and crevices. Egg cases also provide protection from insecticides. Therefore, it is important that treatment is maintained for at least one month after you stop seeing cockroaches.

If you have had an infestation of cockroaches your home will continue to be susceptible. Keep NO Cockroaches Traps set in your kitchen and other places you have seen cockroaches. These BioGro certified organic traps contain no insecticide and will catch cockroaches that enter your home before they have a chance to lay eggs and start a new infestation. They also provide you with an warning of cockroaches getting into the house so that you can pro-actively treat with a residual insecticide like NO Cockroaches or NO Bugs Super Professional Strength and prevent a problem infestation.

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