Cockroach facts

  • Cockroaches are from the Blattodea order and have been around for 320 million years!
  • The most common cockroach species in the UK are:
    • German (brown with cream stripes)
    • Oriental (black).
  • They have long antennae and are 20-30mm long.
  • Cockroaches crawl around contaminating their whole habitat with pathogens including E. coli and salmonella.
  • They will eat anything available to them! Although preferring sugars, proteins and starches, they will consume any organic matter, such as decaying wood, pet hair and sewage.
  • Exposure to the moulted skins of cockroaches can trigger asthma and other allergies.

What you can do​ ​

  • Poor housekeeping can encourage cockroaches
    • Keep floors and worksurfaces clear of food debris.
    • Keep bins clean and emptied frequently.
  • Some species of cockroach prefer high humidity, so keep rooms well ventilated and treat areas of damp.
  • Inspect food boxes coming into your property, particularly if you are not sure of its origin.

If you have a cockroach problem, we will…

  • Identify the infestation. The species of cockroach (and its habits) will determine how we treat your property, for example where we put baits.
  • We will bait the areas that cockroaches are using with a special gel. We may also use a residual insecticide treatment (spray).
  • After several days the bait should be taking effect. We will retreat 2-3 times a few weeks apart as needed.
  • Once the infestation has been cleared we will offer you a non-invasive monitoring programme.
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