- Hot and humid summer weather has seen cockroach numbers explode in Sydney
- The hot weather makes for perfect breeding conditions and results in more food
- Sydney’s booming cockroach population may soon spread north to Queensland
An exceptionally torrid summer has resulted in a cockroach population explosion which threatens to spread across state lines.
Hot and humid days and nights in Sydney have created perfect breeding conditions and abundant food for the despised insect.
With numbers skyrocketing in Australia’s largest cities, there are fears hordes of roaches will flow over the New South Wales border into Queensland.
An exceptionally torrid summer has resulted in a cockroach population explosion which threatens to spread across state lines (stock image)
Cockroaches are not the only pest enjoying the warm weather, with spider numbers booming alongside them.
Pest controllers have reported a 15 per cent increase in call-outs due to the cockroach and spider boom, Seven News reported.
Spiders provide food for cockroaches, which may be a contributing factor in the dramatic rise in cockroach numbers.
A spokesperson from Attack Pest Control Sydney said the humid weather is resulting in an increase in cockroach numbers.
‘In summer the eggs hatch a lot faster, which means this summer we have had more cockroaches than usual,’ the spokesperson said.
‘As people move interstate they can take cockroaches with them in appliances or in cardboard boxes, so we do see them spreading that way.’
How to get rid of cockroaches
– Call a pest control company – home remedies don’t work and professional companies have the quickest and longest-lasting results
– Use a combination of surface sprays, cockroach ‘bombs’ and gel baits
– Keep your home clean and free of food sources for cockroaches to create an in hospitable environment
– Seal up holes, cracks and gaps in your home and furniture to limit the number of places cockroaches can breed and hide
– Fix any water leaks and remove standing water or puddles as cockroaches are attracted to moisture
– Keep the temperature and humidity in your home as low as possible. Hot and humid weather creates perfect breeding conditions for cockroaches
Hot and humid days and nights in Sydney have created perfect breeding conditions and abundant food for the despised insect (pictured)