How to prevent a Cockroach Infestation and most importantly, how to get rid of them? The warmth and the availability of food in your home or business can attract cockroaches; and once they enter your home, they can quickly reproduce to cause an infestation; that can be significantly detrimental to the health of your family.
To help you deal with the potential threat of an infestation; we’ve put together this cockroach fact sheet to provide you with all of the information you need.
Types of cockroaches
You can find Cockroaches all over the globe because they can live off next to nothing. In the UK the cockroach species we will come across include:
- Oriental cockroaches: this type enjoy damp environments and you can find it in drains and around your outside bins.
- German cockroaches: these thrive off high humidity and you can find him around warm areas of the home including your bathroom and kitchen.
- Brown-banded cockroaches: will adapt to surroundings that offer them a reasonable food supply.
How do cockroaches get in?
Cockroaches can get into your home through a number of ways. In some cases, cockroaches spread from neighbouring properties and can enter through any holes in your walls and floors, particularly those around water and waste pipes and electrical cables.
Health risks of a cockroach infestation
The species of cockroaches that infest our homes are indoor pests that share a close association with humans, feeding on our food and waste. They are serious public health pests and are known to spread germs and illnesses through contamination; meaning everything a cockroach touches has the potential to make you ill.
Preventing a cockroach infestation
Like any pest, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to dealing with an infestation. Maintaining a good level of hygiene in the home, storing food in tight, sealed containers and disposing of food waste promptly, as well as sealing any cracks into your property, will help make your home uninhabitable to cockroaches and prevent an infestation occurring.
Furthermore, calling a pest control specialist that can inspect you house, can help eradicate the pest infestation on your property.