Prefer damp conditions.
Commonly found in basements or drains.
They cannot climb very well, meaning they are rarely found on upper floors of buildings.
Cockroach CONTROL IN LONDON
There are two type of cockroaches that are most common in London - German and Oriental Cockroaches
Cockroaches can carry a number of diseases that can be quite harmful for humans. This means that controlling cockroach infestations is extremely important.
Abal Environmental offer an effective cockroach treatment to eradicate all signs of cockroaches.
Require warmth and humidity in order to survive.
Commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
They have sticky pads on their feet, meaning they are able to climb up smooth surfaces like glass.
Cockroaches can leave excretion marks that look like small black specks.
They can also leave droppings that resemble loose coffee grounds.
Oriental cockroaches deposit egg cases that are a dark reddish-brown colour.
These are usually left in a sheltered area close to a food source.
Cockroaches can shed their skin 5-8 times as they mature into adults.
Their shed skins can often be found where the cockroaches are sheltering.
where to check for Cockroaches
Kitchens - Check inside/under kitchen units. Cockroaches can often be found in upper inside corners of kitchen cabinets. Check the crevices of any appliances that may provide warmth and shelter, e.g. cookers and fridges.
Bathrooms - Cockroaches can often be found in bathroom cabinets and areas with pipework, e.g. under sinks. Check any dark space they can take shelter with access to water.
Basements - Cockroaches can often be found in cracks in wooden beams or floor cavities.
In areas with an abundance of water, cockroaches will leave brown, irregular smear marks.
These are most commonly found at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches travel.
Smell of Cockroaches
Cockroaches can produce a pungent, musty smell that worsens as the infestation goes on.
The smell can linger in the air and taints any items or food the cockroaches come into contact with.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO TREAT Cockroaches?
Cockroaches can carry a range of diseases, and being exposed to cockroaches can lead to serious health issues.
Getting a professional pest control team to manage your cockroach problems is essential if you want to avoid these risks.
Diseases caused by Cockroaches
Dysentery - cockroaches can walk across faecal matter and transfer it to your food, causing potentially life-threatening dysentery.
Fungus - shed skins and droppings from cockroaches can develop fungi that can affect the eyes and lungs.
Bacteria - cockroaches can carry bacteria that cause serious illness, e.g. E.coli and cholera.
Cockroaches can cause food poisoning by tracking germs across your kitchen surfaces.
Salmonella can be retained in the digestive systems of cockroaches for over a month, and can be transmitted to your food through their droppings.
One of our experienced technicians will complete a thorough inspection of key activity areas.
The species of cockroach will be identified and an appropriate treatment will be carried out across multiple visits.
For Oriental cockroaches, an insecticide spray treatment will be carried out.
For German cockroaches, a cockroach gel bait will be used.
The infestation will be monitored and reassessed on each visit.
Alternative cockroach control methods can be used to manage persistent cases.
control for businesses
Cockroaches are often a sign of uncleanliness in a business. Having an infestation of cockroaches can be very off-putting to customers and it could lead to loss of business.
The diseases that cockroaches carry can also have an effect on your employees' health.
Abal Environmental offer comprehensive pest control packages for businesses that includes free call-outs for rodents and cockroaches.