Has your property become a roach motel?
How many types of cockroaches are there in the UK?
There are 2 main types of cockroaches to be found in Reading, Newbury, and Berkshire; the German cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. Cockroaches will thrive in unhygienic conditions so maintaining a clean environment is essential when dealing with cockroaches.
Cockroaches can be identified by their long antennae, they have flat oval-shaped bodies and have very rapid movement, German cockroaches are usually yellow/brown in colour and their shiny exoskeletons give them a golden appearance, they typically range from 10-15mm in length. Oriental cockroaches are dark brown or almost black in colour and range from 20-24mm in length.
What is the difference between the German and Oriental Cockroach?
The German and Oriental cockroaches have very different ways of carrying/depositing their eggs, German cockroaches will carry their eggs until the nymphs are ready to hatch whereas the Oriental cockroach will deposit their eggs over different locations including dark crevices and even food packaging. The German cockroach will lay around 30 eggs whereas the Oriental cockroach will have between 15-20 eggs. The cockroach eggs will hatch in about 12 weeks from being paid, the German cockroach will grow from nymph to fully mature in around 6-12 weeks whereas the Oriental cockroach take around 6-12 months.
Where am I likely to find cockroaches?
Cockroaches will be found inside your home or business address in Reading, Newbury, Berkshire and around the UK as most cannot survive our climate and are active all year round. Cockroaches will generally live in kitchens, boiler rooms or anywhere warm and humid; they will congregate around pipes or within crevices or cupboard doors, within fridges or freezers and other kitchen appliances. Cockroaches will mainly be seen at night or in darker, shaded areas.
What do cockroaches feed on? Cockroaches will feed on pretty much anything, they need a constant supply of water and will die after a few days without water however can survive several months without food, cockroaches will live as close to food and water as possible in the harbourage mentioned before. The biggest pre-treatment essential before a cockroach pest control treatment is to thoroughly clean any areas that the cockroaches have been, remove all possible food and water sources and we also recommend the use of sticky traps to monitor any activity after the pest control treatment is carried out. Although spray treatments used to be the only way of dealing with cockroaches, gels are increasingly used as an alternative as they can tackle cockroaches very effectively. When a cockroach dies it will be eaten by other cockroaches, the insecticide is then passed on from cockroach to cockroach without all of them having to consume the gel itself.
A spray treatment can be offered as a follow up to the gel treatment, we can also advise on food storage, cleanliness and how to spot the signs of infestation early on to help you remain cockroach free.
If you have a problem with cockroaches don’t hesitate to contact us here at Abbey Pest Control Reading.
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