Few insects cause as much concern and distress as cockroaches. As an insect, they are virtually unchanged since prehistoric times and, when they get into properties, they are often not spotted until there is an infestation. They thrive in modern properties, particularly tower blocks, which are often fed from a central boiler. One premises will get them and then they will spread quickly through all the flats.
How to identify a cockroach problem
Cockroaches can be difficult to identify to the untrained eye, as they only come out at night. During the day, they hide around door frames, hinges, clocks, in the back of televisions, and even around fridge motors.
They are most likely to be spotted when lights in a dark room are switched on. This will send them scurrying back to their hiding place. Other signs to look out for are: small dark coloured droppings or marks; cockroach-shaped skin cases; a strong musky smell and damage to belongings and food stuffs.
How to get rid of cockroaches
Cockroaches can convert anything that is animal or vegetable into food. Good hygiene is the first line of defence against cockroach infestations. Properties need to be properly cleaned, particularly in food areas. Insect-proof storage is also important.
Minor cockroach infestations can be dealt with without a pest control professional. Start with fly sprays and residual crawling insect sprays. Spray the hourage heavily, but be aware that large numbers may sometimes run out when disturbed, as they will often cluster together in one harbourage point.
If the problem reoccurs, it could be a re-infestation from other properties and that's when a coordinated program of treatment needs to be carried out by professional cockroach removal services.
If you operate a food business, our cockroach control services can help you implement a monitoring and treatment plan to help prevent a cockroach infestation occurring.
Fun facts about cockroaches
- A cockroach can live for at least 1 week without its head.
- Some female cockroaches are devoted mothers, carrying their offspring in little pouches like kangaroos.
- If a cockroach breaks a leg it can sometimes grow another one.
- In some parts of the world, cockroaches are profitably raised for chicken feed.
- A cockroach can hold its breath for up to 7 minutes
- There are species of cockroach which when crushed can be applied to a sting to help relieve the pain
- It's hard to sneak up on a cockroach. They have one great big nerve connecting their tails to their heads, alerting them to danger from behind.
- Ever wonder how cockroaches climb walls? Some species are equipped with a set of little claws on their feet designed for that very purpose
- Cockroaches and termites are among the biggest contributors to global warming, due to their flatulence habits.
- A cockroach that has just shed its skin is white and has black eyes. It takes a few hours for the outer skin layer to harden and darken.
- Roaches have been on earth for 350 million years and are considered the most successful creature ever.