Cockroach Pest Control & Advice
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in treating cockroach infestations. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Information On Cockroaches
There are numerous species of cockroach, but in the UK the most common are the Oriental, German and American cockroaches. The adult cockroach is generally a rather large insect with a yellowish, reddish brown or black colouring to their flattened bodies and relatively small head. Although they have wings, they do not use these to fly, but to generate a distinctive clicking noise by rubbing their wings or legs together. They are also good climbers, so can quickly infect and breed in many areas of your property. You may also identify them by their strong sour smell, which emanates from a large infestation or their faecal deposits. The use of strategically placed monitoring traps can also help confirm the extent of any infestation.
There are three life stages for the cockroach: egg, nymph and adult. The female can sometimes be seen carrying her eggs in a case at the end of her abdomen, called the ootheca.
Cockroach Infestation & Risks
Cockroach infestations are on the increase, a serious risk to health and can be difficult to treat. It is therefore important that you seek professional advice and treatment as soon as you become aware of an infestation, especially if you have a commercial property, as their presence can have a significant impact on your business and its reputation. In restaurants or other food premises, contamination of food for human consumption will result in a failure to comply with the hygiene requirements as set out in the food safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 2004 and other legislation.
Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal, hiding by day in cracks and crevices near to any food and water sources. Kitchens make an ideal environment for them because of the heat, moisture and food generated, but they can also live in other areas such as boiler or laundry rooms. Cockroaches are omnivorous and can eat almost anything, including human waste, but they prefer starchy or sugary, protein-rich foods.
Cockroach Pest Control
Treatment is normally by the use of HSE approved insecticide sprays, gels, baits and/or sticky traps, which should be applied to walls, floors or other surfaces around the affected areas.
In most situations it normally takes up to 60 minutes for our technician to complete their risk assessment, the required treatment and to brief the customer on the actions taken and next steps, but this can be extended if the infestation is in numerous areas or other hazardous conditions exist.
Once completed, the infestation should start to die off, but our technician will return after 14 days to confirm this. Some cockroach infestations, especially those in commercial or multi-occupancy buildings may require additional visits to eradicate all activity.
If you have a cockroach infestation:
- Check air bricks and ventilation grills are in place and intact, but do not block them.
- Block any access points around gas, electricity, water, heating and extraction pipe work.
- Restrict food sources by storing food within rigid containers.
- Sweep up food spillages immediately and don’t leave uncovered food lying around.
- Regularly clean under kitchen units, appliances and in any other areas where food debris and grease can build.
- Regularly remove rubbish and place in strong bags within a secure external bin.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions on Freephone 0800 112 3480.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location, species of cockroach and size of the infestation.
- Identify their harbourages, routes being used and food sources.
- Determine the most appropriate method for access and treatment.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others & protect any food preparation areas.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- Determine the correct and optimum locations for any gel baits, surface insecticides or monitor traps and deploy these with minimum impact to the customer.
- If required, implement a regular monitoring regime and maintain a site plan of the bait or trap locations.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.