Do you have a cockroach problem?
Masons Pest Control has been getting rid of cockroaches for over 30 years, and our experienced BPCA-accredited technicians will not only get rid of your unwanted visitors, but can also advise you how to stop them returning.
How to spot a cockroach infestation
Cockroaches are sometimes mistaken for black beetles from the garden, but are distinguished by their very long whip-like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky gait. The two most common types found in the UK are the German and Oriental cockroaches. The adult German cockroach is 10 to 15mm long. The Common or Oriental cockroach is 20 to 24mm long.
Although cockroaches are generally seen at night, where there is a heavy infestation, cockroaches can be seen during the day too. You may find their eggs, which are brown in colour, approximately 10mm long and can sometimes be seen hanging of the back of a cockroach. You may also see cockroach faeces, which looks like black pepper. A strong sour smell is often noticeable where there is a serious infestation.
If you think you have a cockroach infestation, phone Masons Pest Control right away on 0208 9776894, and let us deal with the problem quickly and safely.
More about cockroaches
The female cockroach produces up to 8 egg cases at monthly intervals. These cases can contain up to 30 eggs and nymphs hatch in 2-4 weeks for German cockroaches and 6-12 weeks for Oriental cockroach. Once the nymphs hatch they will look the same as an adult only smaller.
Where do they like to live?
Cockroaches can often be found in warm, indoor environments, usually where food is stored or handled, for example in the kitchen. They also thrive around the heating ducts and boiler rooms of large centrally heated buildings, such as hospitals, bakeries, hotel and restaurant kitchens, laundries and blocks of flats.
Cockroaches will spend most of the day hiding in cracks and around drains and service ducting. They are most active at night which is often when they do most of their scavenging, but if a light is turned on they will scamper away to hide.
Cockroaches may be introduced to a building via incoming laundry, raw materials, packaging or furniture. The insects may also enter a building from the drains or rubbish chute. Oriental and German cockroaches may be found together, but generally the German cockroach prefers warm, humid environments, while the Oriental cockroach prefers cooler places such as basements and drains.
Why are cockroaches bad for you
Cockroaches carry food poisoning germs on their bodies and are responsible for the spread of dysentery and gastro-enteritis. They will feed on almost anything including faecal matter. Food contamination will occur when the insect comes in to contact with food, food preparation surfaces and utensils or through faecal contamination of foodstuffs. They eat our food but spoil much more with their droppings, cast off skin and dead bodies.
How can I prevent cockroaches moving back in to my house or business
Make sure your premises are clean and that there are no obvious food sources or hiding places. Plug small cracks around baseboards, cupboards, pipes, sinks and water heaters with latex or silicone sealant. Larger holes will need to be patched. Move debris, firewood and rubbish away from the house and out of kitchens.
Successful control of cockroaches depends very much upon the selection of a suitable insecticide and correct application, which is why it is better to contact a pest control company such as Masons to deal with your problem, rather than try to sort it out yourself. Many insects and egg cases are well hidden, so the insecticide must be placed around these places, while the insect develops. To control an infestation the insecticide should be applied regularly until all egg cases have hatched. In serious cases it may be necessary to carry out routine treatments to a whole block of houses or flats, although this is rare.