Cockroaches commonly found in the UK are: The German Cockroach and The Oriental Cockroach. They are often large insects but range in size from 10-23mm they have a long antennae and two pairs of wings.
Cockroaches carry food poisoning germs on their bodies and are responsible for the spread of dysentery and gastro-enteritis. Cockroaches feed on almost anything including faecal matter. Food contamination will occur when they come in to contact with food, food preparation surfaces or through faecal contamination of foodstuffs.
The female cockroach produces up to eight purse-like egg cases at monthly intervals. The cases can contain up to 30 eggs and nymphs hatch in 2-4 weeks (6-2 weeks for Oriental cockroaches). The nymph of the Cockroach looks the same as an adult Cockroach, only smaller.
You may see Cockroach eggs, which are the size and shape of a kidney bean and brown in colour. You may also notice Cockroach faeces, which looks like black pepper.
Cockroaches can be found in premises where food is stored or handled. They will spend most of the day hiding in cracks and around drains and service ducting and are most active at night and if a light is turned on will scamper away to hide. Cockroach Infestations are often introduced into premises by food and laundry deliveries.
You can help to prevent Cockroach infestations by making sure your premises are clean and that there are no food sources or hiding places. Cockroaches will hide in small cracks around baseboards, cupboards, pipes, sinks and water heaters with latex or silicone sealant.
The latest professional use insecticides that we use to treat Cockroaches are very effective and along with good housekeeping are helping to keep numbers at bay.
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