How to kill cockroaches
It can be very distressing to find these insects in your home or business. Cockroaches are known to carry diseases such as Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastro-enteritis and so pose a significant health risk. They are classified as major pests in the food industry where, if found in catering premises can warrant closure until the infestation is eliminated.
They can rapidly reproduce to epidemic proportions and soon spread to neighbouring properties. You need to take prompt action at the first sign of a problem and professional treatment is essential to control any infestation. Only professional products are powerful enough to eliminate all stages of the cockroaches’ lifecycle.
At Abate Pest Control we can provide targeted treatment to guarantee complete control of your cockroach problem and help to prevent a re-infestation.
Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal so it’s often easier to spot the signs of an infestation rather than the insect itself. They are attracted to all types of food and will eat anything from foods, paper, packaging, to plastics and fabrics.
If you have noticed an unpleasant, lingering odour under sinks, behind appliances or in store cupboards, you should check for any signs of cockroaches including brown/black cylindrical droppings, approx. 2mm long; brown, irregular shaped smear marks (check horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where they scuttle along) or shed skins which are usually found close to where they are living.
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Learn about cockroaches
There are two types of cockroaches most commonly found in domestic houses and within commercial buildings:
- German Cockroach – Light yellow/brown in colour with two dark roughly parallel streaks running from behind the head to the base of the wing. They prefer a warm, moist environment and has become a pest in kitchens, larders and restaurants where food, warmth and moisture is provided. Typically found behind radiators, ovens and hot water pipes.
- Oriental Cockroach – They are dark brown to black in colour and have a glossy body. They can tolerate hot, dry locations around domestic and industrial heating appliances, provided they can obtain access to water. Infestations are usually below on ground level or on the first floor of buildings.
Good housekeeping is essential as this will deny sources of food and hiding places. All food residues should be cleared up and standing water should not be left in bowls and sinks overnight.
Control of a large cockroach infestation usually means the use of a suitable insecticide.
The application of these substances should be undertaken by fully trained and qualified pest control technicians so that the maximum control is achieved.