Cockroaches

Since 31 August 2013 the Council has ceased to offer a pest control service to residents. This information page is a guidance for residents.

What do they look like?

Cockroaches are large insects which range in size from 10-23mm in length, they have long antennae and two sets of wings.

How do I spot them?

Cockroaches are nocturnal by nature and spend the day hiding in cracks around areas like sinks, drains, cookers and the backs of service ducts. They may be seen if you come home in the dark and put the lights on. They also emit an unpleasant almond like smell - only noticeable if the infestation is large.

How do they affect me?

Cockroaches can carry dysentery, gastro-enteritis typhoid and food poisoning organisms. Germs can be spread from the body of the cockroach or from the droppings they leave behind. Cockroaches will feed on almost anything including faecal matter. Contamination occurs when the cockroaches come into contact with foodstuffs.

How do they live?

The female cockroach can produce up to eight purse like egg cases at monthly intervals. The egg cases contain up to 30 eggs. The nymphs emerge from their eggs in 2-4 weeks (up to 6-12 weeks for oriental cockroaches). The nymphs are like the adults but smaller and lighter. The insects take several months before they mature fully.

How do I control them?

Good hygiene is the key to keeping cockroaches out of your home. It denies a food source and makes them easier to spot.
All cracks, crevices and other building problems that could provide a dark enclosure for cockroaches should be repaired as quickly as possible. Pipe work should not be boxed in as it provides an excellent hiding place.

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