These are just some of the questions we are often asked regarding Cockroaches…
Are Cockroaches dirty?
Are they spreaders of disease?
Why do we attract cockroaches?
How do we get rid of Cockroaches?
Can Cockroaches cause asthma?
Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea. There are approximately 4,600 species of Cockroach with 30 types associated with human habitation. 4 of these are commonly seen in the UK – #germancockroach #orientalcockroach #brownbandedcockroach #americancockroach
Cockroaches are hardy insects but unlike aphids and other true bugs they are without the special adaptions like sucking mouth-parts. However they do have chewing mouth-parts and are the oldest of the living insects today – dating back 320 million years.
- Cockroaches are not the best flyers in fact some species don’t have wings and the ones that do can only fly for very short distances but mainly use them for gliding or for falling a little more elegantly!
- Cockroaches eat pretty much everything from bits of food to faeces and even each other when food is scarce.
- Asthmatics need to be careful if there is a Cockroach infestation as a protein they contain in their faeces, saliva and body parts (which have been shed) can trigger an asthma attack.
- Due to the design of their exoskeletons, Cockroaches are able to squeeze through tiny gaps.
- The average lifespan of a Cockroach is a year.
- Cockroaches are super speedy, as they have many predators they can shift at 1.5 meters per second when needed.
- Cockroaches can survive for a week without their head! This is due to them using spiracles in their body for breathing rather than their mouth.
- Water is important to these crafty survivors – they can only last for a few days without water but can go for a month with no food.
- Sperm is stored by the female Cockroach after mating, this can then be used to produce several egg cases.
- The female cockroach can produce 2 eggs per week during her most fertile time each case producing 40 nymphs in approx 100 days.
How do Cockroaches get in to your property?
- Arriving in food and packaging from infested businesses.
- From neighbouring properties, through holes in walls, floors and water and waste pipes.
- Second hand goods – especially electrical goods – from an infested property.
Some Cockroach problems can go unnoticed for many months, they are mainly nocturnal and have egg capsules that are the size of a small bean, which can contain up to 40 eggs and when hatched the nymphs are smaller than an ant.
How do you spot a Cockroach infestation?
- Faeces – dependent on what the diet of the Cockroach is there could be solid small droppings less than 1 mm in size or small dark smears.
- An unpleasant almond smell – really noticeable with larger infestations. The smell is an aggregation pheromone which is a chemical that attracts other Cockroaches.
- Egg capsules and fragments of shed skin – they shed their exoskeleton as they grow.
What do you do if you have Cockroaches in your property?
You ideally need to get on top of the problem ASAP. Due to their lifestyles Cockroaches spread diseases and bacteria on to food and surfaces such Salmonella, Ecoli, Listeriosis and Streptococcus.
In businesses this can have a serious impact on customers and employees, for food handling and processing premises this is a breach of safety laws.
You can help prevent these diseases being spread by Cockroaches by…
- Cleaning hands properly when handling food, after using the bathroom etc
- Having good thorough cleaning practices, removing grease from behind ovens etc
- Removing all possible food sources such as dropped food etc
- Seal all cracks and gaps around your property, reducing entry points for the Cockroaches.
The best way to prevent and control the possibility of Cockroaches is to enlist the help of a professional pest controller. We will be able to advise you on the best course of action to prevent and exterminate Cockroaches, reducing the risk of them damaging your family, business, reputation, employees and customers health.
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