Cockroaches Cockroaches
The two most common cockroaches found in the UK are the German cockroach (blattella germanica) and the oriental cockroach (blatta orientalis). German cockroaches favour high humidity’s in buildings and can most often be found in and around electrical equipment (fridges, microwaves, freezers, kettles etc.) They rarely travel far from their harbourage and have an ability to climb due to sticky pads on their feet unlike the oriental which is ground dwelling. Cockroaches are omnivorous so any food spillages are fair game. Cockroaches do carry disease organisms such as salmonella, tuberculosis, amoebic dysentery, gastro-enteritis, and tapeworms.
Control of infestations is achieved through gel baits, sprays, dusts and traps but good housekeeping is essential to achieve optimum control.