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Finding Cockroaches at home or on your business premises is an issue that should be given immediate attention, specially if near food. Cockroaches are known to carry diseases such as Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastro-enteritis, therefore poses a significant health risk.

Cockroaches breed quickly and are tough to kill, this means that in order to eliminate all stages of a cockroaches life cycle professional pest control services are required.

Cockroaches are generally nocturnal, during the day they normally remain hidden away and then coming out to feed at night time. Cockroaches are attracted to food, and to a Cockroach, most things are considered food including foods, paper, packaging, plastics and fabrics and even animal droppings.

They often produce and unusual smell and will often taint items they come in touch with with that smell. You might also find Cockroach skins, they shed these 5-8 times as they grow. You will normally find these near where they are living. Cockroach droppings are around 2mm long and are a brown/black cylindrical shape. If you suspect you have Cockroaches get in touch as soon as possible.

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They are most commonly found in commercial premises in which food is produced or handled, such as restaurants and catering establishments.


Cockroaches will eat practically anything from human food to leather, wallpaper and even other cockroaches.


There are over 3,000 species of cockroach, but the two main types found in the UK are the German Cockroach and the Oriental or Common Cockroach.


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Getting Rid Of Cockroaches

The German cockroach is very successful at establishing an ecological niche in buildings, and is very hardy and resilient against attempts at pest control. This is because of the large number of nymphs produced from each egg case, the short period between birth and sexual maturity, and their ability to easily hide due to their small size. The mother also carries the egg case (called an ootheca) with her during the germination period, rather than depositing it like other species, a practice which would leave them vulnerable in a human habitat to zealous attempts to wipe them out.

This cockroach is also smaller than many other species so it can more easily hide and fit into very small cracks and crevices to evade humans. That is also the main reason they can most effectively be controlled with bait in cracks and crevices near harborages.

Cockroach Diet

The German cockroach is omnivorous and a scavenger. They particularly like starch, sugary foods, grease and meats. In certain situations where there is a shortage of foodstuffs, they may eat household items such as soap, glue and toothpaste or they may even turn cannibalistic, often chewing on the wings and legs of each other. Control Of German Cockroach: German cockroaches are treated with insecticide, dust or gel. Approved insecticide’s are used, in order to obtain elimination.

1st Stop Pest Control have to ensure that every infested location is treated. We Incorporate insect growth regulators (IGR) and monitoring into the services helping with long term control.

Cockroach Habitat
The oriental cockroach tends to travel somewhat more slowly than other species. They are often called “waterbugs” since they prefer dark, moist places. They can often be found around decaying organic matter, and in sewers, drains, damp basements, porches, and other damp locations. They can be found outside in bushes, under leaf ground cover, under mulch, and around other damp places outdoors. Adaption: In order to thrive, cockroaches need a place to hide. They prefer warm places and a relatively high humidity if possible; they also need a source of food/liquid. The optimum temperature for oriental cockroaches is between 20 °C (68 °F) to 29 °C (84 °F). Female oriental cockroaches have vestigial tegmina (reduced forewings) and males have longer tegmina. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal. Oriental cockroaches can be elusive in that a casual inspection of an infested dwelling during the day may show no signs of roach activity.
Common Signs Of Cockroaches
Signs of cockroaches are their oothecae, which are “egg cases” containing up to 16 individual eggs in the case of oriental cockroaches. These oothecae are dropped by females and hatch on their own in about two months. Oriental cockroaches can be harder to get rid of than other roaches. Although adults can be fairly easily killed by the application of residual insecticide, the insecticides can get washed away, and two months later females can hatch new nymphs. Control: Oriental cockroaches are controlled by 1st Stop Pest Control using insecticide or our Pest Stop Programme. We seal gaps in foundation walls, garages, basements, around gas, water lines and waste pipes. Ensure garage and front doors in homes and buildings are fitted properly.
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