What Are Cockroaches?
Cockroach Control Treatments: Cockroaches or simply “roaches”, number almost 4000 species, and have an impressive ancestry stretching back some 400 million years.
In the UK the most common species Cockroaches encountered include:
- German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
- Oriental Cockroach (Blatella orientalis)
- American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
- Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasian)
- Surinam Cockroach (Pycnoscelus surinamensis)
- Brown-Banded Cockroach (Supella supellectilium)
- Dusky Cockroach (Ectobius lapponicus)
- Tawny Cockroach (Ectobius pallidus)
- Lesser Cockroach (Ectobius panzeri)
They pose a huge threat to public health as important carriers of disease. Roaches also cause offensive odours, and droppings contribute towards allergies and Asthma.
Health implications of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are omnivorous meaning they feed on just about anything. This has included the nails of sleeping babies and adults.
50% of asthmatics have shown sensitivity to environments where cockroaches are present. Symptoms include shortness of breath, sneezing and skin reactions.
The diseases associated with cockroaches include:
Poliomyelitis virus – Causes infantile paralysis
Entamoeba histolytica – A parasitic intestinal infection killing 70000 people a year
Toxoplasma gondii – A parasitic infection causing damage to the eyes and brain
Escherichia coli – An intestinal infection causing kidney failure in infants
Enterobius vermicularis – A common worm found in humans.
Of the thousands of cockroach species known to science, only a few dozen are of medical importance to human health. The most abundant of these is the German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) pictured in the image above.
The ones pictured here were hiding under and within a counter-top microwave oven.
Appliances that generate heat of any kind like ovens, fridges, freezers, and dishwashers can be the perfect breeding grounds for cockroaches.
Cockroaches infesting kitchens are bad news requiring professional cockroach control to abate the problem quickly.
How Common are Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are not quite as common in people’s homes as some might lead you to believe. They can be very, very difficult to eradicate. This is especially true if you live in multi-occupancy buildings like blocks of flats.
Why are Cockroaches Difficult to Eradicate?
Cockroaches are nocturnal, making the real size of an infestation hard to gauge.
It’s incredibly easy to underestimate the scale of your cockroach problem. This is a key reason cockroaches develop robust populations quickly and covertly.
Cockroaches infesting blocks of flats or other types of multi-unit buildings will not stay isolated. Roaches quickly spread to other areas and living spaces through the fabric of the building.
Pinning down the original source is often impossible. No matter where they started, they will find alternative places in the building to thrive.
Others in your building may also be unwilling to cooperate with a cockroach control programme. Control measures or matters of cleanliness, cannot be permanently achieved without cooperation.
How Do You Control Cockroaches?
Bait and residual poisons are the most common treatment options. Professional cockroach baits are often very expensive, translating into costly treatment plans. For more information, please contact our Bristol pest control specialists, Call 07427626686
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