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How to get rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches pose a health risk to humans. They carry disease which can cause food poisoning in humans and many other bacteria.

Finding that you have cockroaches in your home or business can be very distressing and cockroaches can be very difficult to control due to their life cycle.

Did you know?

Why do we get rid of cockroaches?

Public health issue!

The main reason to control cockroaches is because they pose a threat to public health.

Cockroaches carry disease and as they forage for food they will move through sewers and drains into houses and businesses contaminating everything they meet.

Cockroaches spew partially digested food along the way and the drop their faeces meaning that they are contaminating everything they touch which may include food, crockery, work surfaces, utensils and other items.

Legal problems!

For highly regulated businesses such as those serving food and drink to the public, can also face serious problems such as fines, public censure and, ultimately, closure.

Reputational damage!

Customers may well demand a refund if they see a cockroach in your business and they might also leave negative reviews. In this era of social media this means that bad news can travel very quickly to many people.

A cockroach infestation can ruin a business’ reputation.

Cockroach fact

Katsaridaphobia is the fear of cockroaches.

Where to find a cockroach

Cockroaches don’t generally like the British climate and so you mostly find them indoors.

Some species are hardier and may be found outside, for example, the Oriental cockroach.

German cockroaches prefer higher temperatures and humidity and so key places to watch out for cockroaches are kitchens where there are appliances emitting warmth from their motors such as ovens and cookers. Similarly in utility rooms and laundries where behind tumble driers can prove a great place for cockroaches to harbour.

Another place you might commonly see cockroaches is in bathrooms around pipes and sinks. Bathrooms are often high humidity areas which is a prime place for a cockroach.

As cockroaches are nocturnal you may not normally see them in the daytime however there are other signs for a cockroach infestation such as droppings, eggs and skins which have been shed. Cockroaches also smell very bad!

Cockroach fact

Did you know that cockroaches are thought to date back to cavemen times due to fossil evidence found. So even Fred Flinstone and the family had to deal with cockroach infestations!

Cockroach control – prevention or cure?

At PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford we promote the #preventionbetterthancure approach.

There are some simple things you can do to prevent cockroaches:

  • Shut those bins! Empty them regularly and keep them clean

  • Practice good hygiene – thoroughly clean work surfaces and remove discarded food.

  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink and make sure the teenagers put their crockery away (after cleaning it of course!)

  • No-one likes doing this job – clean regularly behind appliances and particularly ones which offer a warm environment for the cockroach

  • Repairs leaky sinks and pipes to cut of potential water sources

  • Secure entry points – that’s right, simple measures such as sealing entry points and gaps can help with stopping cockroaches from becoming a nuisance in your home or business

  • Monitor – if you think you may have cockroaches you can monitor the situation – call PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford to see what monitoring aids we can assist with

If all else fails

If all else fails and you find yourself with a cockroach infestation you should consult a professional pest controller.

A pest controller will have the necessary tools to deal with a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches are hardy insects, after all they are considered the most primitive insects on our planet. They are hard wired to survive so a professional will understand their biology and habits and have access to solutions not available to the public.

If you’re experiencing a problem with cockroaches, give us a call today. PGM & Son Cockroach Control Hereford. We offer fast call out and competitive prices on cockroach treatment.

For all your pest control needs, give PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford a call on 01981 251116 or 07964 370480 for a free no-obligation chat.

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We’re always on the end of the ‘phone for advice so don’t worry about your pest problems, give us a call now.

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