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How to get rid of cock roaches

Information, facts and resources to help you deal with an infestation of cock roaches and, if the worst happens, how to destroy the cock roaches and prevent this household pests return.


Cock Roaches

What does a Cockroach look like?

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Cockroach Roach

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Photograph of Common Household Roaches

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Common Cockroach (Oriental Cockroach, (Blatta orientalis))

Cock Roach Description

  • The two main species of cockroach in Britain are the Oriental cockroach which is dark brown in colour and about 30mm long, and the German cockroach which is light yellowish brown, and about 12mm long.

  • The bodies of both species of cock roach are divided into three sections.

  • They have long antennae protruding from the head.

Where do Cockroaches live?

  • Cockroaches are generally found indoors, such as in cellars, basements, kitchens, bakeries, and heating ducts.

  • The Oriental cockroach can survive outdoors in Britain during the summer months.

  • Cockroachs can be found inside light switches, lamps, and luggage.

  • Cockroaches are often found in kitchen cabinets, ceiling voids, appliance motors, and bathrooms.

What are the signs of Cockroach infestation?

  • Sightings of Cockroach.

  • Cockroach may be spotted moving around on work-surfaces just after the light has been switched on.

  • Cockroaches will often remain hidden during the day using cracks and crevices as harbourage.

  • This means that in most cases they will not be visible during the hours of daylight.

  • Most species of cockroach can climb with ease, especially the German cockroach which can climb smooth vertical surfaces.

What do Cockroach eat?

  • All Cockroaches will feed on a wide range of substances, particularly refuse and human food.

  • Cockroaches can survive for several months without food but will not live for more than a few weeks without water.

Why must Cockroach be controlled?

  • Cockroach are indicative of poor food hygiene and poor cleanliness hygiene.

  • Cock Roaches thrive in conditions where food hygiene is poor and therefore ther is an ample food supply for the cockroach.

  • Cockroaches carry bacteria like salmonella.

  • Cockroaches increase the risk of asthma, especially in children.

How can I get rid of Cockroach?

  • Before carrying out a treatment against cockroaches, a thorough cleansing of the area to be treated should take place, paying particular attention to removing food sources and hiding places for cockroach.

  • Sticky Traps. The use of sticky traps is not recommended for controlling cockroaches, and should only be used for monitoring the extent of the infestation.

  • Insectisides. Carrying out a successful treatment against cockroaches will depend on what insecticides are chosen, and how thorough the application is.

  • Many of the insects and their egg cases are hidden in cracks and crevices, so particular attention should be paid to these areas when applying insecticides.

  • To control a cockroach infestation, the insecticide used should last until the egg cases have hatched. This may mean further applications may be necessary.

  • Remember pesticides can be poisonous to children and pets. After use store container and contents away from children, or dispose of empty containers safely.

How can I prevent Cockroaches from returning?

  • Good food hygiene.

  • A thorough cleansing of the area to be ridded of cockroaches should take place, paying particular attention to removing food sources and hiding places for the cockroach.

Cockroach Poisons and Cockroach Pesticides

  • When using pesticides always follow the instructions on the label.

  • All major DIY stores have a selection of Cock Roach Poisons and Cock Roach Pesticides.

  • Baits can give continuous control of cockroaches over an extended period.

  • Treat roach hiding places, under sinks, refrigerators, behind and beneath cabinets, stoves, baseboards and other similar places.

  • Pesticides and poisons for cockroaches are available from garden centres and hardware stores for the control of cockroaches. Read and follow the instructions on the product label precisely. Use only products that state on the label that it may be used to control cockroaches.

  • Remember, pesticides can be poisonous to children and pets. After use store container and contents away from children, or dispose of empty container safely.

The "Green Option" - Environmentally friendly control of Cock Roaches

  • Cockroach thrive when there is an ample supply of waste matter and food.

  • An obvious strategy to discourage and remove cxockroach infestations is to deny the cock roach their food supply.

  • A thorough cleansing of the area to be treated should take place, paying particular attention to removing food sources and hiding places for cockroach.

  • A poisonous bait for cockroaches can be prepared by mixing 1 part borax, 2 parts flour and 1 part icing sugar. Water should be added to create a consistency similar to putty or a stiff bread dough. Use this to plug cracks and crevices behind skirting boards, work services and cupboards.

  • Sticky traps (similar to fly papers) are available from DIY and Hardware stores specifically for cock roach.

  • Use a heat gun which blows very hot air to kill cockroaches and flush them out of their habitats.

  • Try getting your home to 50 Centigrade for three hours. In the summer this can be achieved by closing windows and doors and turning up the central heating system, and turning on additional heaters.

  • Traps and baits may be effective against cockroaches. Try icing sugar mixed with borax which is poisonous to the cockroach. Try a container filled with water and a spoonful of cooking oil. The cockroach will climb into the container but be unable to escape because of the oil floating on top of the water. Place the container in known cock roach habitats and runs.

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