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Why is cockroach control important?

A cockroach infestation is something that can happen to any property. If properly resolved as early as possible, the damage can be mitigated and the functionality of the property quickly restored. There are an assortment of cockroach nest removal solutions on the market with our team at Willis Pest Control having access to the latest in cockroach extermination equipment and techniques.

Regular roaches can comfortably survive for several months without food and up to two weeks without water, attributes that can make them challenging to efficiently dispose of without professional expertise.

Getting a good idea of the cockroach removal solutions available to you can ensure that you make the right decision in resolving the issue as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence when it comes to cockroach extermination as they are able to multiply rapidly, building up a nest from within which they are then difficult to remove.

If you suspect that you may have a cockroach infestation, the first step you should take is to eliminate their access to food and water.

The most common cockroaches in the UK?

There are four roach breeds predominantly found in the UK with the most common being the German Cockroach followed by the Oriental.


  • German Roach – 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.
  • Oriental Roach – This type of roach is a whole lot larger than the German roach 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 roach 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.
  • American Roach – 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.
  • Brown Roach – commonly found crawling across the ground but able to fly in some more tropical climates, the Brown Branded gravitates toward warmer environments and commonly takes shelter within heated properties creating nests close to heat-emitting appliances.

How to tell if you have a cockroach infestation?

Below are some of the leading signs that may help you identify a cockroach infestation within your property.

It’s also a good idea to look out for:

  • Unusual Distinct Smells

During an cockroach infestation, roaches will always leave a odour that taints any items they touch / contact. This smell will linger & will often be unpleasant.

  • 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 roaches, 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 roaches regularly move.

  • Shedded Skins

During the maturity of a cockroach, it is common that they will shed skins around 5-8 times. It is also common that these skins are found where / near roaches are sheltering.

Cockroach Removal Steps

Boasting attributes that make them challenging to dispose of, it usually takes far more than just insecticide to fully dispose of a cockroach infestation. Generally, you will require a comprehensive plan and aftercare strategy to successfully dispose of – and further repel – any pests that may take an interest in your property.

If you discover a cockroach infestation in one of your rooms, there’s a good chance that they may have also set up elsewhere within your property and should be carefully monitored. In the aforementioned section we discuss some of the most common roach breeds with each having its own preference for nesting locations. Overall, you may wish to carry out checks within bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements & drain pipes / networks.

Worried that you might have cockroaches?

At Willis Pest Control, we provide efficient solutions to all your pest control requirements. We have earned plaudits from clients across the West Midlands for the efficiency of our solutions and the versatility with which we approach each job. Regardless of where you’re based within the West Midlands, our team at Willis Pest Control ensure that your property stays pest free.

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 guide you through our process for dealing with cockroach infestations.

Cockroach infestations vary greatly depending on the property and location – a fact we are very well aware of. Thus, we carry out a series of checks through which we identify the core source of the cockroach infestation and formulate an action plan through which the removal is carried out and preventative measures are implemented.

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 problem to be eradicated.

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