No one enjoys finding out that a pest has infested their property and cockroaches are not renowned for being popular guests. If you spot any signs of a cockroach infestation, it goes without saying that professional cockroach removal becomes of paramount importance.
HSE legislation is clear. Cockroaches have no place in public environments and they’re certainly not desirable in a domestic setting. They pose health risks from eczema and asthma to salmonella poisoning and gastro-enteritis.
Trust the professionals
Cockroach pest control firms including Pest Control Berkshire offer swift, effective and comprehensive solutions so please don’t invest in over the counter or DIY removal methods.
Cockroach pest controllers thrive because they are professionally trained, knowledgeable and can access treatments which aren’t in the public domain. Their work delivers results, a cockroach infestation doesn’t stand a chance against them. Treatments are co-ordinated over weeks and alter dependant on the species involved.
The sooner that professional cockroach removal services are initiated, the lower the bill and stress levels.
Common cockroach infestations
Various species are happy to live together, all they require is a dim, warm, humid and secluded position. They eat a varied diet to survive, from soap residue to grease to dead skin and one another, dead or alive.
Cockroaches have very long antennae and flat oval bodies. When they move it is with a jerk or scuttling motion. The German and Brown Banded cockroaches are approximately 12-15mm and are the most likely invaders of your home or business space.
The German species is light yellow-brown, reminiscent of toast.
The German Cockroach bears an egg case until the babies (nymphs) are ready to hatch. They give birth to 30, perhaps more, nymphs. They grow to maturity in around 6 to 12 weeks.
Larger cockroaches include the Oriental, which is approximately 20-25mm and brown or black, and the Australian and American species measure 20-40mm.
The Oriental Cockroach leaves an approximately 13mm long egg capsule in a safe dark crevice for around 12 weeks. The 16-18 nymphs hatch in this environment.
Growing cockroaches look exactly like their adults but in a smaller form.
Where they may be lodging:
- Bathrooms: This includes in the back of cupboards or cabinets, plumbing behind baths, showers, sinks and toilets.
- Kitchens: Again, cupboards and cabinets, behind sinks and even behind appliances and in toasters.
- Beneath decking or porches.
- Stacks of rubbish.
- Most species cannot survive outdoors in the UK.
Signs of a cockroach infestation
Cockroaches are generally nocturnal, during the daylight hours they stay hidden in crevices.
Droppings are approximately 2mm, brown or black and in cylindrical form.
Cockroaches’ dead skin is usually deposited close to their infestation spot. They shed their skins between 5 and 8 times as they mature.
They can produce smears when there is water present. Corners and surfaces could have brown smears on them.
A cockroach infestation produces an unpleasant aroma which can affect anything that they come in to contact with.
If you find a cockroach infestation please contact a helpful, professional pest control firm.