Cockroaches Pest Control

Cockroach Pest ControlCockroaches 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

Don’t let cockroaches rule your world! Our cockroach control services are available 24/7. We operate a fixed and fair price policy for the best value for money cockroach control service in Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester and the West Midlands.

Trust the local professionals. Trust Positive Environmental to get rid of your cockroach problems…for good! Call 0800 9788 934

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 outdoors.

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 nymphs.

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.

March 2015

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Steve did a super job, highly professional and was out to me very quickly after I contacted you.

Shelley Fraser
May 2015





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