Heavy rainfall encourages cockroaches to seek warmer, drier places to breed and feed.

Although cockroaches usually hide in drains, behind stoves and fridges, in bathroom and kitchen cupboards, and under floors of older houses, heavy rainfall often encourages cockroaches to seek warmer, drier places to breed and feed.

Cockroaches can carry many disease-causing germs on and in their bodies. Because their natural homes include rubbish, dirt and filth, they readily pick up germs from these areas.

They then walk over food, cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment, benches, tables and other places in the home and pass the germs on to us.

Diseases carried by cockroaches, include bacterial diseases, salmonellosis, shigellosis, viral gastroenteritis, and hepatitis A.

Our expert pest control technicians recommend keeping food in containers which have tightly fitting lids, storing food handling equipment and containers up off the floor where possible, and filling in small cracks and crevices (holes), in which cockroaches could hide.

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