Cockroaches

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Cockroaches are large insects which range in size from 10-23mm in length. They have long antennae and two sets of wings.

Cost of treatment

This service can be provided free of charge if you receive Council Tax reduction benefits.

If you are not on this benefit we have an arrangement with our contractor, Monitor Pest Control Ltd, to provide a service at a competitive rates. This cost includes several visits to resolve the problem.

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Lifestyle

Cockroaches are nocturnal by nature and spend the day hiding in cracks around areas such as sinks, drains, cookers and the backs of service ducts. They may be seen if you come home in the dark and put the lights on. They also emit an unpleasant almond-like smell which is only noticeable if the infestation is large.

The problem

Cockroaches can carry dysentery, gastro-enteritis and food poisoning organisms. Germs can spread from the body of the cockroach or from the droppings they leave behind. Cockroaches will feed on almost anything, including faecal matter. Contamination occurs when the cockroach comes into contact with foodstuffs.

Prevention & control

Good hygiene is the key to keeping cockroaches out of your home. It denies a food source and makes them easier to spot. All cracks, crevices and other building problems that could provide a dark enclosure for cockroaches should be repaired as quickly as possible. Pipe work should not be boxed in as it provides a hiding place.

Treatment

You can treat cockroaches yourself using cockroach-killing insecticide, applying it to areas where cockroaches shelter, such as cracks and around refrigerators & washing machines. You must follow the instructions on the product label.

Large or persistent infestations are best treated by a professional pest control company.