Cockroaches are undoubtedly one of the worst pests. They are common yet can be very damaging to your home or business. They have lived amongst humans for hundreds of years and there are in excess of 4000 different species worldwide, some of them are even consider to be pets! They are known to transfer many diseases and contaminate surfaces that they crawl upon. They are rarely seen in the day and are usually found in small gaps and crevices in buildings as they come out at night to feed.
What damage can Cockroaches do?
In their environment cockroaches foul their surroundings with faeces or castings and food which they regurgitate. They carry with them a distinct smell and the air in which the infestation is present may contain fragments of their exoskeletons and cockroach excrement.
They contaminate food and therefore transmit pathogens which is a main cause of food poisoning. Certain individuals can also suffer allergic reactions when exposed to a cockroach infestation such as dermatitis. Cockroaches can be extremely damaging to your reputation if present in your business. There are many associated laws and legal requirements with Cockroaches, one of which is the Public Health Act 1936 which gives local authorities the power to act to kill and remove vermin. It should never get to this stage, call the professionals and let them take care of this for you.
How do I get rid of Cockroaches?
A well-established infestation is likely to be difficult to control without the use of a professional. Due to the public health risks, we wouldn’t recommend tackling cockroaches yourself. This is largely because cockroaches will be distributed throughout the building or home in very difficult to reach areas.
Also, to be considered is the phenomenal breeding potential and production of eggs by each female which means that unless an extremely high proportion of the cockroaches are eliminated, numbers will continue to increase rapidly. As previously said our recommendation is to call in a professional.