Ahhh isn’t it wonderful living in Cairns and the Tablelands? The year-round tropical temperatures are wonderful. Unfortunately, just as we love the warmer weather so too does the cockroach. As Cockroaches require warmth, moisture and food to survive and thrive and these elements are in great abundance in your home.

Yuck, it truly is a revolting sight when you switch on the light and cockroaches scatter everywhere. Everyone knows they collect germs as they skulk around sewers, rubbish tips and other dirty places. Their next step could be up the drain pipe and into the cupboard to eat your cornflakes

Why do I see Cockroaches in my home?

Cockroaches are scavengers that invade your home looking for their food source, usually in pantries, rubbish bins and anywhere else they can obtain it. 

How severe is my Cockroach infestation?

Cockroaches are nocturnal they hide during the day and become active after dark. Most Homeowners are probably unaware of the extent of their cockroach infestation. A night inspection can reveal the size of an infestation, as well as feeding habits and hiding areas.   

What makes Cockroaches a pest?

  • Cockroaches contaminate food, utensils and various areas they come in contact with their droppings, cast skins, empty egg cases, dead cockroaches and vomit marks.
  • A heavy cockroach infestation can have an unpleasant odour caused by secretions of the mouth and cuticle.
  • Some people are allergic to cockroaches causing skin reactions and asthma attacks.
  • Cockroaches have been known to bite.
  • Cockroaches carry diseases humans can contract.    

What Diseases do Cockroaches Carry?

Cockroaches are known to carry, on their cuticle and in their gut and faeces disease organisms of humans. Disease organisms such as salmonella, gastroenteritis, dysentery, tuberculosis, hepatitis, typhoid fever as well as other human disorders.

Organisms that have been found naturally contaminating cockroaches include: 

  • Forty species of bacteria pathogenic to humans,
  • The eggs of seven species of worms parasitic to humans,
  • A variety of viruses potentially harmful to humans,
  • Several pathogenic protozoa [organisms]. 

How often should I get a Cockroach treatment done in my home? 

Most Cairns, Innisfail, Mossman, Port Douglas, and Atherton Tablelands and surrounding areas homeowners get a cockroach treatment done in their home once or twice a year. However, it is essential to consider a few factors before you decide how often you should get your home treated. Are you living in an apartment block? Do your neighbours get a cockroach treatment done regularly? Do you live in a rural area? All these questions have an immediate bearing on how often you should get a Cockroach treatment done.

With the opening of Peter & Paul's pest control branches in Innisfail, Port Douglas, Mossman and the Atherton Tablelands now we can service all the far north. Peter & Paul’s Pest Control Technicians will discuss your treatment options and needs with you; then a comprehensive pest treatment will be tailored to your needs.  

What can I do to help reduce the numbers of cockroaches in my home?

As Cockroaches require food, water and shelter sites, reducing the availability of resources is likely to reduce the population size. Your Peter & Paul’s Pest Contol Technician will inform you of any further measures [if any] that you need to take in conjunction with your treatment, to reduce your cockroach population.  

Treatment Preparation

There is no preparation for treatment. Some clients like to clean out kitchen and bathroom cupboards before they have a treatment done. 


Our Peter & Pauls Pest Control Technician will perform a thorough treatment in your home, placing barriers and treating cockroach harborage areas in your home. Our Technician will leave you a complimentary, comprehensive information and warranty book explaining just what to expect after treatment.


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