Cockroach Control | Eradicate Cockroaches | Exterminate Cockroaches – Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions
Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a specialist pest control service to eradicate cockroaches and other pests. We work with both domestic and commercial clients in Suffolk and Essex. If you have a cockroach problem, our fast, effective cockroach extermination service can help, with minimal disruption. All of our work can be guaranteed and emergency appointments are available if required. Our pest control operatives are CRB checked and qualified to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2. We offer a discreet, confidential service and can arrive in unmarked vehicles if required.
Though there are upwards of 4500 species of known cockroach in the world today, in the UK we usually only have to contend with two of them; the German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) and the Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis).
The German Cockroach is found all over the world and comes into our homes in search of sweet and floury foods, although they will also eat numerous other foodstuffs. Brown to dark brown in colour and measuring from 1/2″ to 5/8″, they are oval in shape, have six legs, wings and antennae.
German Cockroaches live for between 100 and 200 days, preferring warm damp places like kitchens and bathrooms. They crawl through dirty drains picking up and spreading bacteria wherever they go. They shed their skins and these, as well as their waste products, can cause allergic reactions and illnesses, especially in young children. The Oriental Cockroach is actually from Africa. Instantly recognisable, they are very dark compared to other species, almost black, oval in shape and again have six legs and antennae. They love cool, dark, damp, dirty conditions, so drains and sewers are perfect for them and considering they will eat just about anything, this makes them a prime disease carrier.
They are lightening fast and since they hate the light, will scatter as soon as day, or torchlight, hits them. Cockroaches spread many diseases such as salmonella, gastroenteritis and typhoid, so guard against them where you can. Keep kitchens and food preparation/storage areas clean at all times and vacuum your home regularly. Seal any cracks through which a cockroach may enter.
The life cycle of cockroaches
The German cockroach carries its egg case, a small brown purse-like capsule, until the 30 or more nymphs are ready to hatch from it. The Oriental Cockroach deposits its 13mm long egg capsule on packaging, sacking or in suitable dark crevices before the 16-18 nymphs hatch out.
Cockroaches grow in stages – from nymphs to maturity in six to twelve months for the Oriental Cockroach, but only in as many weeks in the case of the German Cockroach.
The nymphs’ eating habits are similar to their parents in that they’ll eat anything. They shed their skin (or moult) through the various nymphal stages and look more and more like their parents with each moult. By the time they reach adulthood they will have developed a very keen sense of smell and touch and the ability to run very quickly.
The treatment of cockroaches
As cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, a night inspection should ideally be carried out prior to treatment. Insect detectors are used to determine the extent and location of the infestation and the treatment is carried out using baits and residual insecticides.
These are very effective but since cockroaches can multiply quickly they can be quite difficult to eradicate completely. We would therefore urge that you contact us as soon as you suspect a problem.
When treating cockroach infestations, we endeavour to use the most environmentally friendly products. We advise customers to vacate their property for a few hours while the treatment is carried out to allow any residual insecticide spray to dry.
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We work in the following locations: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield may also be considered.