Getting rid of cockroaches in London
Cockroaches are a common pest in the UK and are known to transfer many diseases. The most common types of cockroaches in the UK are German Cockroaches and Oriental Cockroaches. They are robust insects which breed rapidly and quickly infest properties once introduced.
Our technicians are trained and experienced in cockroach control. We will carry out a full survey of your property to establish the level of the infestation and all areas that need to be treated. A safe and effective treatment will then be carried out to eradicate 100% of the cockroaches.
What are Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are small brown insects that are often found in kitchens or bathrooms. They are attracted to food and moisture, which is why they are often found in these areas. Cockroaches can be a nuisance as they can contaminate food and spread disease.
They are seen as dirty pests that can infest your home of business environment quickly, often spreading diseases such as salmonella, and can contaminate food with their faeces and urine. Cockroaches can be difficult to get rid of and often require professional treatment.
What do Cockroaches look like?
There are over 3000 different species of cockroaches around the world, however, there are four main types of cockroaches that are most commonly found in the UK.
Perhaps the most common cockroach in the UK, the German cockroach is recognisable by their light brown colour and two dark stripes that run down its back. They are small insects, around 10-15mm in length. German cockroaches are known to breed rapidly and can lay up to 50 eggs at a time.
The Oriental cockroach is a dark brown or black colour and is larger than the German cockroach, around 25-40mm in length. They are often found outside but can make their way into properties through cracks and crevices in search of food and moisture.
The Brown-banded cockroach is a light brown colour with dark bands running across its body. They are small insects, around 10-15mm in length. Like the German cockroach, they are known to breed rapidly and can lay up to 50 eggs at a time.
The American cockroach is a dark brown or red colour and is larger than the other types of cockroaches, around 40-50mm in length. They are often found in commercial kitchens or other large food preparation areas.
What do cockroaches eat?
Cockroaches are attracted to food and moisture, which is why they are often found in kitchens and bathrooms. They will eat just about anything but prefer sweet foods like sugar or syrup. Cockroaches can also live for several months without food, but only a few weeks without water.
Do cockroaches bite
Cockroaches are not known to bite people, however, they can bite other insects or animals. Cockroaches have been known to bite people who are sleeping and can cause a skin infection. Additionally, cockroaches can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Despite the fact that cockroaches don’t usually bite people, they are still known to be able to spread a number of diseases such as salmonella, gastroenteritis and dysentery.
Where do cockroaches come from?
Cockroaches are often brought into properties on food or from other infested areas. Once they are inside, they will quickly breed and multiply, resulting in an infestation. Cockroaches can also enter through cracks and crevices in the property, such as around doors or windows, which is usually caused by poor property maintenance.
What can cockroaches do to my property?
Cockroaches can cause a number of problems on your property, such as contaminating food and spreading disease. They are also known to damage insulation, clothing and other materials on the property. In addition, cockroaches produce a foul smell that can be unpleasant for occupants.
How to prevent and remove cockroaches
To prevent cockroaches from entering your property, it is important to maintain good property hygiene and repair any cracks or crevices in the property. If you have a cockroach problem, it is best to contact a professional pest control company for treatment such as London pest services. Cockroaches can be difficult to get rid of and often require professional treatment.