The two main species of cockroach in Britain are the Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis) which is dark brown in colour and about 30 mm long and the German Cockroach (Blatella germanica) which is light yellowish brown, and about 12 mm long. The bodies of both species are divided into three sections and have long antennae protruding from the head. There are other species such as The American ( Periplaneta americana),Australian (Periplanetaaustralasiae) and Brown Banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
Where do they live?
Cockroaches are generally found indoors in areas such as cellars, basements, kitchens, bakeries and heating ducts. The Oriental cockroach can survive outdoors in Britain. Cockroaches will often remain hidden during the day using cracks and crevices as harbourages. This means that in most cases they will not be evident during the hours of daylight. Most species can climb with ease, especially the German cockroach which can climb smooth, vertical surfaces.
Cockroaches can survive for several months without food, but will not live for more than a few days without water.
Are they harmful?
Cockroaches are capable of carrying the organisms which cause food poisoning in humans and many other bacteria. They will feed on almost anything, including refuse, faecal matter and food for human consumption.
How do I control Cockroaches?
It is very difficult to treat a cockroach infestation without the necessary expertise as they can breed so rapidly. MP utilises several methods using all of the latest techniques and we have a proven track record of successful treatments. Residual insecticides, baits, traps, gels, fumigation, freeze sprays are all available but each situation is different and therefore we would recommend that you appoint a certified professional like Multipest.