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Cockroaches are well known for spreading disease and are associated with various other health risks. Exposure to this insect could put you at risk of Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastro-enteritis. Increases in eczema and childhood asthma have even been linked to cockroach droppings.
A quick response at the very first signs of an infestation is often essential to control cockroaches in your home and to prevent the spread of this pest to your neighbours.
Their ability to breed rapidly and their resilience means that a professional service is usually the most reliable form of control. Only expert products and solutions are powerful enough to eliminate all stages of their lifecycle.
Discovering a cockroach infestation requires immediate action to ensure a fast solution to the problem and to minimise the health risks associated with this insect.
Cockroaches are usually attracted to food available in your property. They will eat anything from foods, paper, packaging, plastics and fabrics to animal matter (eg. hamster and rabbit droppings).
It is often easier to spot signs of a problem in your home or business rather than an actual live cockroach. As nocturnal creatures, cockroaches usually hide out of sight during the day and become more active in their search for food at night.
There are some simple ways you can identify a possible cockroach infestation, which could require professional treatment.
Cockroach droppings - cockroaches leave a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.
Smear marks - check for marks on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches are active. If water is abundant cockroaches will produce brown and irregular shaped smear marks.
Shed skin - look for this evidence in locations you suspect they are sheltering. Cockroaches shed ‘cast nymphal ‘skins 5-8 times as they mature to adults.
Damage - look for unusual signs of damage, not just on food packaging. Cockroaches will attack organic goods including leather and books.
Unusual odour - an established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant musty smell that taints items they contact.
Live cockroaches in your bathrooms and kitchens - German cockroaches need warmth and humidity and may be found around bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchen areas. They are also good climbers, scaling smooth surfaces like glass & polished metal with ease; due to sticky pads on their feet. You might see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night.
Cockroaches in your basement - Oriental cockroaches can cope with cooler, damp conditions and could be found in basements or drains. If conditions are tolerable they can survive outside in areas such as rubbish tips. Although not as agile as German cockroaches, they can climb a surface such as rough brickwork.