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July 13th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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Hi, I have recently moved from the UK to Sydney. We rented an unfurnished semi-detatched house in a very nice part of Sydney. The streets are very clean and our neighbours seem nice and tidy. We moved in last week and since we are still waiting for our shipment to arrive from the UK, the only things we've got in the house are a few suitcases, some eating and cooking utensils, a brand new sofa and a few brand new kitchen and laundry appliances. We have been living in the house for just a bit over a week now but we have already spotted cockcroaches 5 times. The house is clean when we moved it. We are aware that there are a lot more bugs in Oz than in the UK and have been warned about huge cockcroaches and spiders, but honestly we were not expecting to see cockcroaches every second day, especially as the house and the area are both clean. Obviously we are abit concerned esp since we have a 2.5 year old at home. I was wondering whether this is normal and is just something that we have to live with if we want to stay in Sydney or whether it is really time to call in pest control.

P.S. The house has air-conditioning in almost all the rooms and we thought they might contribute to a slightly higher level of bug-occurence,.,.

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July 13th, 2012, 08:46 PM
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I am not familiar with Australia but here in Florida we have a bad problem with roaches. Big ones. If I were you I'd certainly call pest control... what could it hurt? They can tell you if it's a problem that can be solved or not.

I have lived in houses with bad roach issues... the thing with those is, if you see one, then a bunch more are probably hiding in the walls. Pest control gets them inside the walls where they breed. They also like oak trees and mulch next to the house.

Good luck

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July 13th, 2012, 10:13 PM
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I also don't know much about Australia. I really don't know much about roaches either as I live in a pretty dry area in the states. But I agree with Lara. It wouldn't hurt to call pest control if you are concerned. They would have a better idea about what is normal for the area or if they need treated.
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July 14th, 2012, 11:29 AM
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Hey, I was just putting down some Borax to control fleas, and read that it can be used for cockroaches too. You may want to try it! Will Borax Kill Cats As Well As Fleas? - The People's Pharmacy®

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