Cockroaches are dangerous in your home, as they carry diseases such as Salmonella, Gastro-enteritis, Typhoid and Dysentery. Cockroach droppings have been linked with increases in eczema and asthma. Children, the elderly or those with existing illnesses are most at risk from a cockroach problem. Beyond health risks, cockroaches produce an offensive odour that taints food and objects that they touch.
They are resilient and breed rapidly, so it's essential to get professional help quickly to ensure infestations don't become established or spread to neighbouring properties. Our BPCA certified technicians administer appropriate treatments to get rid of cockroaches quickly, safely and effectively from your home. They also offer advice on preventing cockroaches and other pests.
These insects are nocturnal, hiding in cracks and crevices during the day, but there are signs you can check for if you believe you have a cockroach problem, like droppings, smear marks and shed skins. Cockroaches are omnivorous, eating just about anything from food stuffs, paper, leather, books, packaging, fabrics and plastics to animal matter such as hamster and rabbit droppings.
There are over 3,000 different species of cockroaches but only a few are pests in UK homes:
When preventing cockroaches entering your home, key areas of risk are gaps around pipes and under doors. Also seal areas where they can hide such as cracks in walls, around skirting boards, behind electrical sockets and appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers. They can also hide under kitchen sinks and bathroom cabinets.
The most effective way to deter cockroaches is to deny them food, water and shelter (or harbourage):
These insects are very resilient and while DIY cockroach products can deal with immediate problems, professional treatment is necessary for long-term control, otherwise infestations are likely to reoccur, especially when surviving cockroach eggs hatch after one or two months. Our experienced technicians minimise the risk of insecticides in the home with non-toxic proprietary products, which are highly targeted at the crevices where cockroaches hide.