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Protecting your home & business from cockroaches

Cockroaches are a high risk pest to have in the home or business. They carry a range of serious illnesses including salmonella, gastro-enteritis and typhoid. The risks of contracting an illness in the home are particularly high with more susceptible people such as children, the elderly or those already fighting existing illnesses.

Beyond the health risks, cockroaches are a distasteful pest to have infest your home or business. Not only are they unsightly, cockroaches produce an obnoxious odour that taints food and ony other objects they come into contact with. Cockroaches breed rapidly and are highly resillient. A quick response is essential to ensure a cockroach infestation does not become established or spread to neighbouring properties.

Signs of Cockroaches

There are over 4000 different species of cockroaches but only a few types are found here in the UK.

German Cockroaches (Blattella germanica)



German Cockroach

  • 13-16mm. 
  • Brown in colour with two darker stripes on the thorax.
  • Both male and female adults are winged.
  • They scuttle and are very good climbers.
  • German cockroaches prefer warm, wet locations such as kitchens & bathrooms

Oriental Cockroach

  • 20-24mm.
  • Both sexes are shiny and very dark brown.
  • The wings are undeveloped in the female but cover 3/4 length of the abdomen in the male.
  • Both sexes scuttle but can climb some rough surfaces.
  • Oriental cockroaches prefer cooler, damper areas such as basements, drains and can even survive outside.

American Cockroach

  • 34-53mm.
  • Reddish brown in colour with a pale brown to yellowish band around the head.
  • Both sexes are fully winged.
  • American cockroaches tend to be found in dark, undisturbed areas that are high in humidity.

Most cockroach species will tend to be found in greatest numbers in kitchen areas or where food is stored.

Signs to look for

  • Live insects - cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day. You will most likely see them when turning on the light in the kitchen areas at night.
  • Egg cases & cast skins - cockroaches shed their skins 5-8 times as they mature
  • Droppings - cockroaches leave a dust of brown/ black droppings that are cylindrical and less than 2mm wide if water is scarce.
  • Smear marks - cockroaches produce these marks instead of droppings if water is readily available.
  • Odour - an established cockroach infestation will produce an unpleasant, musty smell which is more noticeable near the main harbourage area.
  • Damage - cockroaches are omnivorous creatures and will eat almost anything. 

Getting rid of cockroaches

These creatures are very resilient. Treatment by a qualified pest control technician is often necessary to deal with cockroaches over the long term. AG Pest Management Ltd's experienced technicians have a range of powerful insecticieds to deal with cockraches. 

If you would like further advice on cockroaches or to arrange a visit by one of our techinicians, call us on 01226 288844.



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