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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Paul and this is blog is going to let you in on some of the best tips which will make buying a property a piece of cake. I am not a professional estate agent but I do have a few years experience of buying and selling property across several Australian cities. I started developing and selling properties when I inherited a large house which used to belong to my grandmother. I didn't have a clue how the real estate market worked so I called in a friend who works in the industry. He taught me everything I need to know.

Cockroaches in the Coffeemaker: How Cockroaches Can Damage Your Household Appliances


Finding a solitary cockroach roaming about your kitchen at night is a portent of a likely infestation. If the cockroach is of the German variety, which despite its name, likely originated in Southeast Asia, you would be wise to plan an immediate but temporary, clear out of your kitchen and its appliances. Where there is one German cockroach there are likely to be others because your kitchen clearly has a desirable environment.

Your Home May Already Be Infested

German cockroaches grow to between 10-15 mm long and are dark brown or dark orange in colour. Once a male and female mate, the female will produce one egg sac which can hold up to 40 nymphs. Typically, one female will produce one egg sac per month and the entire developmental stage from nymph to adult takes approximately 100 days.

In short, even if you have just 2 German cockroaches now, you could have at least 40 in 3 months.

Your Kitchen Appliances Provide Perfect Nesting Sites

Since your kitchen has cockroaches, there must be a constant supply of water nearby as well as food and warmth. A leaking tap or pipe under the sink is all cockroaches need to start a colony. Food comes in many forms as does warmth. Unfortunately, your kitchen appliances and even a nearby computer, TV, or radio, provide enough heat and even food for a female to start a nest.

Once that happens, it can be difficult to remove them as you will be forced to somehow remove them from within your appliances. What is worse than that, however, is the fact that cockroaches can also damage your appliances.

Cockroaches Literally Eat Your Appliances From Within

As was mentioned earlier, cockroaches can eat many types of food, even the glue used to seal envelopes! Likewise, cockroaches will also feed on the glue used to attach the many wires and components inside an appliance. This alone can damage an appliance in time; however, cockroach droppings can also damage an appliance's components when those droppings build up, clogging circuit boards and vents.

How To Spot An Infestation Inside An Appliance

The most obvious sign is the appearance of cockroaches running on or near an appliance. However, this is not the best indication. The most reliable indication of an infestation will be the presence of cockroach droppings and egg cases. If an appliance is infested, you'll see small pepper-like granules scattered around and under it, as well as an empty egg case or two. If you see these signs, you have an infestation and need to act quickly.

Small appliances, such as toasted sandwich makers, can be wrapped in a bag and placed in the freezer overnight. This will kill any cockroaches inside. However, bigger appliances like toasters, TVs, computers, coffee makers and refrigerators may require the professional touch of a pest control expert.

Not only will hiring an exterminator save you from having to buy new appliances, it will also rid you of the infestation and equip you with expert knowledge on how to ensure your home remains roach-free. 


11 May 2017