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Why is cockroach control important?
If you’re worried that you have an cockroach infestation, it will be a good idea to find out what cockroach pest control options are available to you to have them removed. Roaches get into everything, multiply rapidly, and can survive for several months without food and up to two weeks without water.
These pests of course have the ability to pose a challenge. However, with the proper tools & processes Willis Pest Control will provide the best solution to your problem.
Eliminating what attracts roaches (food, water, and hiding places) is definitely one of the most important steps to getting rid of roaches.
The most common cockroach's in the UK?
The UK is home to four types of roaches. One of the most common cockroach species is the german cockroach, followed shortly by the oriental cockroach.
- The German cockroach is average in size, reaching about 1,5 cm in length. You can differentiate them from other roaches quite easily. They have two dark stripes on their light-brown thorax. You’ll most likely spot them in your kitchen or bathroom, as they like being near food and water.
- This type of roach is a whole lot larger than the German cockroach and has the ability to grow up to 3cm in length. It is often found to be a very dark brown or sometimes even black in colour. The oriental cockroach thrives when occupying cool, damp and dark places. These conditions are optimal for breeding. You will often find the Oriental cockroach in places such as garages, sheds and sometimes drains.
- A species which is growing increasingly popular in Britain is the American cockroach. It is in fact one of the larger species and has the potentially to grow up to 4cm. When looking at the American cockroach, it’s visible red-brown colour. It prefers humid conditions and it can be often found in sewers and near drains, as well as on the grounds of animal-rearing facilities.
How to tell if you have an cockroach infestation?
The easiest way to tell if you have an cockroach infestation is by investigating the common signs listed below.
It’s also a good idea to look out for:
- Unusual Distinct Smells
During an cockroach infestation cockroaches will always leave a odour that taints any items they touch / contact. This smell will linger & will often be unpleasant.
- Cockroach Droppings
Due to a lack of water available to the cockroach it is often the case they will produce brown / black cylindrical droppings which are approximately 2mm long.
- Smear Marks
Alternatively if water is abundant amongst the cocktails it is often the case that they will produce brown and irregular shaped smear marks. You will be able to check for these marks on horizontal surfaces where cocktails regularly move.
- Shedded Skins
During the maturity of a cocktail it is common that they will shed skins around 5-8 times. It is also common that these skins are found where / near cockroaches are sheltering.
Cockroach Removal Steps
Removing & eliminating cockroaches involves more than just spraying an insecticide on a regular basis. As we mentioned earlier cockroaches get into absolutely everything so it is important there is a clear procedure in place for dealing with these pests. Not only will these need to be removed effectively but a prevention plan will need to be in place to ensure these pests do not return.
If you find yourself stumbling upon a cockroach infestation in your own home it is important you continue to investigate the rest of your house. Identifying the location of a cockroach infestation can depend greatly on the species of cockroach that has invaded your property. Our advice to you would be to check; Bathrooms, Kitchens, Laundry Rooms, Basements & Drain pipes / networks.
Worried that you might have cockroaches?
At Willis Pest Control, we’re experts at providing cockroach pest control to homes and businesses in the West Midlands. Whether you’re based in Birmingham, Wolverhampton or elsewhere across the region, our team of fully qualified technicians are here to help with any cockroach infestation.
To get rid of your cockroaches for good, contact our friendly and approachable team. You’ll speak with an experienced pest control technician, who will talk you through what happens next.
We know that cockroach infestations can be very different depending on your property & locations available. That’s why we will always visit your property before deciding on an cockroach pest control treatment. That way, we can do a full inspection to find out the scale of your cockroach problem and choose the right removal methods to ensure your pests won’t return.
In fact, we’re so confident in our service that we offer 100% guarantee to all of our customers. Our 100% guarantee means that we promise to remove the offending cockroach and will treat your property for as long as it takes for the cockroach problem to be eradicated.
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Identifying the location of a cockroach infestation can depend greatly on the type of cockroach that has invaded your property. Some species prefer & thrive in warm and humid places where as some actually prefer the cooler locations.
The removal of cockroaches requires a thorough inspection of your property. This will help us to identify any potential shelters and assess the level of infestation by looking for common signs of cockroaches. There are DIY solutions available. However, it is often the case these solutions are not long term and your pests will likely return.