Cockroaches are one of the most resistant and tenacious insects in pest control. Cockroaches and their infestations pose serious risks to human health because they can carry diseases such as dysentery and gastroenteritis, salmonella and some respiratory allergic reactions. Their presence may aggravate people’s eczema and asthma conditions.
These creatures are nocturnal and they come out to feed mostly at night, feeding on pretty much any food source or waste available, even fabrics, animal droppings, paper and glue. At day time cockroaches are very well hidden in all sorts of cracks and crevices, near sinks, drains, skirting boards, and behind or underneath white kitchen appliances. The ability of cockroaches to quickly reproduce and their resistance to commercial cockroach sprays makes these pests very hard to get rid of, without the use of expert products and professional pest control. Due to the fact that most species can crawl up walls, they can easily spread around a whole building, even on the exterior part of the building. Generally, the source of infestation may be either internal for a building, like one’s neighbours for example, or external, such as food waste containers and skips near the building.
Cockroaches are masters in hide and usually it would be easier to notice signs of cockroaches, rather than the insects themselves. They typically hide in wet and damp locations, thus signs of a cockroach infestation may occur in such places. One of the most common signs may be a continuous and unpleasant smell, originating from the hideouts. In areas, where water is available, cockroaches may leave unusually shaped brown marks on the surface of the water or tiny little droppings with tubular shapes. Another sign of a cockroach infestation would be moulted skin, which they shed as they go through several instars before becoming fully-grown adults.
Cockroach treatment and control
Our cockroach extermination experts are extensively trained by the BPCA and have obtained a profound knowledge in cockroach pest control. They have successfully eradicated hundreds of infestations with various levels and complexity throughout East, West, South, North London and all the surroundings. Our methods of cockroach removal and control will usually involve proofing of the property, chemical and non-chemical treatments, as well as placing of traps and active monitors.
Prior to any kind of cockroach treatment a thorough inspection should be carried out, which allows our pest technicians to identify what could be the reason for the infestation and the locations of all possible hideouts and nests. As part of the inspection, sometimes, we may use sticky bait traps, which will be left for a week in order to detect and confirm the presence of an infestation. Then our cockroach specialists will focus on the hiding spots, undertaking a targeted non-toxic pre-treatment for the instant extermination of the cockroaches. Depending on the level and complexity of the particular infestation, a pesticide spray-type of treatment may follow, which will ensure a long-lasting cockroach control. We also offer bespoke cockroach heat treatment solutions with guaranteed high success rates of extermination of all cockroach life stages and zero toxicity.
We would use the most appropriate cockroach pest control strategies and methods, which have proven their cost-effectiveness with high success rates. After the whole treatment process our pest expert will recommend what needs to be done, in order to prevent the re-occurrence of any further cockroach infestations. To protect your property from cockroaches you should consider a few useful tips:
- store water and all kinds of food, even dry food, in sealed containers with limited exposure
- do not dispose of organic food waste in your regular recycle bin
- maintain a good level of cleanliness
- skip the rubbish on a regular basis
- keep away (and try to minimise) any sorts of clutter from possible hiding spots, e.g. cardboard and shoeboxes, old newspapers and books
- seal and proof all possible cracks, crevices and passages where cockroaches may be nesting or passing through
There are thousands of cockroach species which have been discovered and most are considered pests as they may carry and transmit various diseases dangerous to human health. The most common cockroach species in the UK are the German (10-15mm long, yellowish-brown) and the Oriental (20-24mm long, dark brown to black in colour) cockroach. They are both nocturnal and during the day they hide in cracks and crevices, associated with drains, sinks, skirting boards and floors, white appliances and cupboards in the kitchen, as well as food skips. Cockroaches can feed on almost anything organic and sometimes even fabrics. This ancient pest is one of the toughest insects known and it could survive up to 3 months without food and a month without water.
Cockroaches prefer to hide in areas with high levels of humidity and generally in places where water is available and cockroaches usually deposit faecal matter, containing pheromones, which attracts other cockroaches. They produce egg capsules (brown in colour), containing up to 16 eggs each, which will hatch between 6 and 8 weeks later, depending on the temperature. The immature cockroaches have to undergo not more than 12 moulting stages in 6 to 12 months to become mature, shedding their skin with each moulting. The lifespan of the adult ones may vary from 6 to 18 months. Getting rid of cockroaches is a hard task to do because their eggs, as with many other pests, are the most chemical resistant life stage and may remain well-hidden for weeks before hatching. Therefore the best solution to your cockroach problem would be a professional pest control service.