With the recent spell of good weather across London, many residents and businesses would be forgiven for thinking that the infestations you usually associate with winter have subsided. However cockroach infestations are a year-round problem and it is important to be aware of their presence at any time.
Cockroach infestations are a common pest problem throughout the capital and beyond. They are often cited as one of the most recognisable forms of pest infestation amongst the general public. The health concerns that cockroaches can present are significant and well-documented. When we think of cockroaches, we often associate them with restaurant or hotel nightmares stories. The truth is, they can be present more or less anywhere and residential properties are no less susceptible to a cockroach infestation than the local kebab shop or hotel kitchen.
The all-important question is – ‘how do I know when I have a cockroach infestation and what do I do next?’ Fortunately, we at Pest Exterminators have all the answers to your questions – and most importantly, the solutions too.
Cockroaches: What do they like?
You may not be surprised to hear that cockroaches generally prefer darker spaces away from direct sunlight (or any light). If you were to see a cockroach in broad daylight, you should automatically assume that you have a very serious cockroach infestation.
In general terms, cockroaches can normally be found behind refrigerators, sinks and sink piping, under flooring and even in car engines! They are crafty little critters and because they can flatten their bodies, they have even been known to hide under door mats too. Cockroaches like warm, moist areas and kitchens and bathrooms are often the most likely places to find evidence of an infestation.
Cockroaches are one of the most dangerous carriers of serious diseases and for this reason they are considered amongst the worst pest infestations that you can encounter. In a city such as Greater London this fear is somewhat amplified by the fact that many businesses and residential properties are located in close proximity to one another. As a result, many infestations can result in a number of properties been affected.
The diseases that cockroaches have been documented to carry:
- E Coli infections
Needless to say, all of these diseases are serious and have the potential to affect a large number of people if cockroach infestations go unchecked.
Signs of an Infestation
There are a number of ways that you can tell if you have a cockroach infestation and you do not always need to have seen a cockroach to confirm that there is a problem.
If you spot any of the following signs then you may have a cockroach infestation:
- Droppings – has the appearance of ground coffee.
- Smear Marks – if water is present, cockroaches will leave a smear or trail.
- Egg capsules
- Shed skin.
- Unusual odour – often a distinct, musty smell which is very unpleasant.
- Sighting a live cockroach.
What to do if you have an infestation
Whilst it is easy to panic when you have a cockroach infestation, there are options available to counter-act any problem and thankfully we at Pest Exterminators have plenty of experience and tools to deal with the little critters.
As with many things, it is best to allow a professional to tackle pests and due to the complexity and knowledge that is required to handle a cockroach infestation effectively.
At Pest Exterminators we are able to employ a number of techniques to deal with cockroach infestations and we can cover commercial and residential properties. In the case of commercial properties, we understand that a cockroach infestation is not something that you would like to advertise. In this instance we can provide comprehensive and discreet management of cockroach infestations so that your business is not compromised in any way.
Get in touch today to discuss your pest control problems with one of our professional, knowledgeable and friendly members of staff.