Cockroaches are among the most loathed pests in the UK. These bug-like creatures hide in cracks and crevices in buildings where it is moist and warm, and close to where there is a food supply. They are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, but only appear at dusk or after dark. Most people discover that they have a cockroach infestation when they suddenly turn a light on and see the creatures scattering for cover from the light.
Effective cockroach pest control relies on identifying where the cockroaches are living. Cockroaches are social creatures that live and forage together. If the source of the cockroach infestation can be identified, a complete and permanent removal of cockroaches can be achieved, although this requires specialist pest control equipment, and includes the use of insecticides.
It is worth noting that DIY insecticide chemicals for cockroach control are available over the counter. These are some of the older insecticides once used by professionals as cockroach killers. Unfortunately, some cockroach species have grown resistant to these DIY chemicals, and so they are nowhere near as effective in controlling cockroach infestations as the insecticides commonly used by professional pest controllers today.
Positive Environmental are experts in cockroach control, and in the complete and permanent eradication of cockroach infestations from homes and businesses across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands. We understand the difficulties cockroach infestations may cause – especially if you run a business where an infestation could impact you economically. Our pest control team are dedicated to the fast and discreet removal of cockroaches, while being sensitive to your situation and your needs.
Our service includes:
- Identifying the extent and degree of the cockroach infestation
- Identifying the species of cockroach so that appropriate cockroach treatment may be taken
- Applying the most appropriate control treatment: bait is common
- Provide you with advice on how to prevent further cockroach problems, including identification of building repairs and removal of cockroach harbourages
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Facts on Cockroaches
Why are Cockroaches a problem?
There is a general public distaste of
cockroaches presence in housing,
restaurants, kitchens and hotels. There is
a strong link with the transmission of
diseases such as salmonella, e coli and
listeria, by walking over putrefying waste
matter and then walking over food
preparation areas, cutlery, and human
food. There are two main types of
cockroach in the UK.
The German cockroach, Croton bug or
Steam fly is a small species of cockroach,
measuring about 1.3 cm to 1.6 cm long;
however, they are known to get bigger. It
can be tan through brown to almost black,
and has two dark parallel streaks running
from the head to the base of the wings.
Although it has wings, it is unable to
sustain flight. The German cockroach is
one of the most common and prominent
household cockroaches in the world, and
can be found throughout many human
settlements. These insects are particularly
fond of inhabiting restaurants, food
processing facilities, hotels, and nursing
homes. Sightings are most commonly
reported in the evening hours as they are
most active at night. This type of
cockroach can emit an unpleasant odor
when excited or frightened.
The oriental cockroach (also known as:
waterbug is a large species of cockroach,
measuring about 2.5 cm in length at
maturity. It is dark brown to black in colour
and has a glossy body. The female
Oriental cockroach has a somewhat
different appearance to the male,
appearing to be wingless at casual glance
but has two very short and useless wings
just below her head. She has a wider body
than the male. The male has long wings,
which cover a majority of his body and are
brown in colour, and has a more narrow
body. The odd male is capable of very
short flights, ranging about 2 to 3 meters.
The oriental cockroach tends to travel
somewhat more slowly than other species.
They are often called "waterbugs" since
they prefer dark, moist places. They can
often be found around decaying organic
matter, and in sewers, drains, damp
basements, porches, and other damp
locations. They can be found outside in
bushes, under leaf groundcover, under
mulch, and around other damp places
In order to thrive, cockroaches need a
place to hide. They prefer warm places
and a relatively high humidity if possible;
they also need a source of food/liquid. The
optimum temperature for oriental
cockroaches is between 20 °C to 29 °C.
Female oriental cockroaches have
vestigial tegmina (reduced forewings) and
males have longer tegmina. Cockroaches
are mainly nocturnal. Oriental cockroaches
can be elusive in that a casual inspection
of an infested dwelling during the day may
show no signs of roach activity. Signs of
cockroaches are their oothecae, which are
"egg cases” containing up to 16 individual
eggs in the case of oriental cockroaches.
These oothecae are dropped by females
and hatch on their own in about two
months. Oriental cockroaches can be
harder to get rid of than other roaches.
Although adults can be fairly easily killed
by the application of residual insecticide,
the insecticides can get washed away, and
two months later females can hatch new
For more detailed information and a free telephone consultation call 0800 9788 934.
Mrs Brandford was distressed at the sight of a few cockroaches in her bedroom, thinking they must have been imported in her son’s belongings.
One of roach pest control specialists was despatched to undertake control of these cockroaches. The investigation suggested they where living in crevices behind the skirting boards.
We baited the relevant areas with specialist cockroach bait, and the problem was soon controlled.