Creepy Crawly Cockroaches
We do not alway associate the UK with cockroaches but they are certainly around. There are many different species of these creepy crawlies but the most common ones you are like to come across are the German Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach. Cockroaches are a threat to human health due to the diseases they can carry. They will frequent waste pipes and drains, then look for food sources which we have in abundance in our homes or food production businesses. They will crawl over the food which means they are then able to transfer different types of bacteria. Some of which can cause food poisoning for example, among other harmful health issues.
Cockroaches are not a fan of our cold weather so now is the time they will start looking more to our warm homes and business to find food and shelter. They are likely to be found behind fridges or ovens due to the heat they can produce plus the added bonus of being near food sources too! They are also not opposed to eating each other if required.
Cockroaches are typically nocturnal so the chance of you spotting one crawling across the floor is unlikely. But there are some signs you can look out for;
- Damage to any food packages
- A strong odour
- Shed skins
Be sure to always clean up after preparing food and commit to sweeping, hoovering and mopping regularly underneath your kitchen appliances as well as around them.
Fun fact, cockroaches can live without a head for a week! They are very hardy pests, which makes them hard to get rid of. They are extremely adaptable so it is highly advisable to contact a professional pest controller like Devon Pest Control to deal with the issue effectively.