Sunshine Coast residents have complained of increased numbers of cockroaches during the wet, humid conditions.
Sunshine Coast residents have complained of increased numbers of cockroaches during the wet, humid conditions. Contributed

Cockroaches coming in droves in wet, humid weather

HUNDREDS of Coast residents have been affected by a mass invasion of cockroaches this week as wet, humid weather brings the creepy critters out of hiding.

Locals have reported an "invasion" of small and large cockroaches in their homes after heatwave-like conditions hit the Coast, followed by heavy rainfall this week.

Wurtulla residents say roaches have been "flying in" in large numbers in areas around Bokarina Beach, but a Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said council had not received any requests regarding cockroaches in public areas around Wurtulla this year.

Bundilla Pest Control technicians have seen a huge increase in call outs in the past few weeks, particularly for cockroaches and ants making themselves at home inside Coast properties.

Staffer Courtney Jackson said they had noticed a large increase in German cockroaches in Sunshine Coast households.

German cockroaches are smaller than other species and can easily avoid detection. They are between 12mm and 16mm long, pale brown in colour and can produce up to 30,000 offspring in a single year, breeding every 30 days.

"In this time of the year there's always an increase because of the rain and everything," Ms Jackson said.

"This type of weather is kind of prime time for cockroaches and ants and that kind of thing."

German cockroaches are attracted to areas containing food and are often a problem with restaurants and homes that aren't sprayed.

Jo from Bundilla said in order to get on top of German cockroaches, treatment was needed every 30 days to beat the breeding cycle.