The cockroach is an unpleasant looking insect. We associate them with empty properties, unclean properties and rooms in ‘cheap hotels’ in hot climates.
The cockroach, for all its unpleasantness, is an insect that has adapted to changes in the environment and habitat over the centuries.
There are over 3,000 species of cockroach across the globe but in the UK, only four tend to be prevalent;
The German Cockroach prefers wet, humid conditions such as those found in the kitchen and bathroom. It has two stripes across its thorax and is about 15mm in length.
The Oriental Cockroach on the other hand prefers the cool of the basement. Brown in colour, its twice the size of its German Cockroach cousin and likes nothing better than rooting around in wet leaves, mulch and compost.
The American Cockroach is reddish in colour and prefers the humidity of the kitchen and bathroom. They normally live in trees and at 30mm they are the largest cockroach to invade the home.
The Brown-Bandied Cockroach is small at 15mm and prefers the warmth and humidity of heated buildings. They harbour in ceilings, attics, inside and around the motors of appliances etc. Active at night, they are opportunistic feeders, preferring high starch materials and foods.
The Problem with Cockroaches
- Disease – firstly and most importantly, is that all cockroaches spread bacteria across every surface that they touch. This means, that even with daily cleaning, you could become seriously ill with food contaminated with bacteria. This has and does happen which is why if you spot a cockroach, you should call our team for an immediate response.
- Numbers – where there is one cockroach, there are others. Possibly hundreds or thousands. The scale of a cockroach infestation can grow very quickly. It is not a problem that goes away on its own.
- Difficulty – cockroaches hide. They are nocturnal meaning that you will rarely see them during the day or when you have the lights on. But turn the lights off, and you will hear them scurry about. In serious cases, it can take several applications of treatment and deep cleaning to be rid of the problem.
Call TAH Environmental?
Cockroaches are unpleasant, and they are hardy too. They present a significant health hazard which is why our team at TAH Environmental are primed to respond quickly and discreetly to calls about cockroaches.
They can find their way into domestic properties, as well as food serving and preparation businesses.