Cockroaches

Bradford Council offers a cockroach control service for domestic customers at a cost of £109.20 (includes £18.20 VAT).

Treatment of the property consists of three visits which includes an initial inspection and assessment and two treatment visits.

Heavy infestations will receive up to two further visits costing £24 (includes £4 VAT).

Further visits may incur additional charges.

Why are cockroaches a pest?

Cockroaches are an ancient insect species that have always lived amongst humans. They are considered a public health hazard because the spread disease.

Cockroaches carry bacteria which can be responsible for gastroenteritis, dysentery and typhoid. They can also transmit microorganisms which cause others diseases (pathogens). Cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions for some people, including asthmatics.

Cockroaches feed on virtually anything (omnivorous) which means they can feed in drains and waste storage areas. Diseases can then be picked up and transferred to food products and surfaces.

Infestations are often the result of broken drains or by poor building maintenance or design. Cockroaches can be transferred between locations, for example, via products infested with eggs or adults purchased from affected shops.

There are two species that are commonly found in domestic environments, the German cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. Each are common but live and breed in slightly different ways and environments.

Signs of cockroaches

Cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the daytime. However, if an infestation is large enough, you may be able to see the insects at anytime during the day.

If you suspect you have an infestation, watch for insects scuttling away to hide at night. You can use a torch to check behind units, refrigerators and cookers. Also look for faecal matter (poo) and egg cases which are brown and 5-10mm long.

German cockroaches

German cockroaches are dark brown to black and have two dark brown stripes. They are approximately 17mm long with a tapered abdomen. Females produce 4 to 8 egg capsules and each capsule will contain 30 to 40 eggs.

Infestations are found in areas of high humidity and near food, for example in kitchens behind fridges, skirting boards, around cookers and in cupboards. Untidy and unclean living conditions attract cockroaches. Large infestations produce a sweet smell.

Oriental cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are a very dark brown or shiny black and are approximately 25mm long. Each female produces an average of 8 egg capsules and each contains 16 eggs. Oriental cockroaches prefer spaces where they can crawl around like basements, cellars, drains and other moist areas. They live in lower temperatures than German cockroaches so can be found in drains, bins and waste areas.

How to prevent an infestation

Good housekeeping and hygiene prevents or controls cockroach infestation.

However, the following suggestions may help:

  • Keep all open food in tightly sealed containers
  • Keep surfaces, food preparation areas and floors as clean as possible
  • Clean kitchen areas intensively, focusing on areas where grease accumulates
  • Clear up after every meal and do not leave food lying around, especially overnight
  • Remove rubbish regularly from inside
  • Rubbish should be stored in sealed bins (such as wheelie bins) and kept away from buildings
  • Ensure indoor drain access is sealed and grease the edges of drain lids 

How to treat an infestation

Treatment cockroaches is challenging as it is necessary to use insecticides (poisons).

We recommend that treatment is done professionally. However, this should be backed up by maintaining good housekeeping and hygiene.

Cockroaches are very quick to spread and where there is a large infestation it is possible that neighbours and surrounding properties may also have a problem. Suspected infestations must be dealt with quickly.

For further information or to book a treatment by a qualified and experienced pest control officer please contact Bradford Council’s Pest Control Service.

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Britannia House
Bradford
BD1 1HX

Phone : 01274 433926

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