Cockroaches

Pest Control: Cockroach

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The German Cockroach is the most common type of cockroach found in the UK and they are easily transported from place to place undetected. They are fantastic climbers and their size makes them very successful at spreading through a block of flats if left untreated.

The other common cockroach found in the UK is the Oriental Cockroach, these are more drain dwellers as they do like a damp environment. They're not as successful at climbing as other cockroaches so you find them at low level.

What You Need to Know About Cockroaches

Reproduction. 2 German Cockroaches can produce 10,000 young in a year and infestation outbreaks are at their worst in during summer months.

Food and Water. Oriental Cockroaches can survive for up to a month without food, however they cannot live more than two weeks without water.

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German cockroaches range in size dependent on there age but a full grown adult is 10 to 15mm, they are a tan colour and distinguished by 2 brown stripes down their back. They have six legs and a pair of  large antennae that are very active when travelling. They prefer warm and humid environments, close to food and water. They frequently invade residential properties by hitchhiking in shopping bags, boxes or secondhand electrical goods.

Homeowners are most likely to find a German cockroach crawling around the bathroom, kitchen and around the boiler. They eat pretty much anything and everything, but in doing so can also spread disease at the same time by picking up germs on there travels and then spreading them on food and surfaces. As well as this, their saliva, droppings and decomposing cockroaches bodies, contain proteins that trigger allergies and increase asthma symptoms, especially in children.

If you find a cockroach, it’s likely there are more hiding in cracks and crevices. If you see or suspect you have a cockroach infestation, it is recommended that you get advice as soon as possible. Cockroaches are very resilient and difficult to eliminate using DIY products. Pest Tech Ltd offer a full range of professional treatments to deal with German Cockroaches from barrier sprays to gel bait treatments.

Oriental Cockroaches are not so common as the German Cockroach. They are a dark red to black in colour for identification purposes. We don’t get so many calls for them within the home due to closed drain systems, that said they can occur. Industrial buildings are more likely to have issues with this pest. If you have a problem with Oriental Cockroaches we recommend you get a processional pest control company in such as Pest-Tech Ltd, and we will be able to help you.

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