Fee for domestic customers:
Commercial customers, please see the Fees for Commercial Customers page.
Treatment of the property consisting of three visits which will include the initial inspection and assessment and two treatment visits.
Heavy infestations will receive up to 2 further visits for which a further charge of £20 + VAT will be incurred.
Further visits thereafter may incur additional charges
Cockroaches are an ancient insect species that have always lived amongst humans. They are considered a public health hazard as they feed on virtually anything (omnivorous). This feeding behaviour can result in cockroaches feeding in drains and waste storage areas.
Diseases can then be picked up and transferred onto food products and surfaces. Infestations are often the result of broken drains or building defects. Cockroaches can even be transferred between locations, for example by eggs or adults being within products purchased from infested shops.
They carry bacteria which can be responsible for gastroenteritis, dysentery and typhoid. They can also pick up and transmit pathogens. In extreme cases cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions for some people, including asthmatics.
There are two species that are commonly found in domestic environments, the German Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach. Each are as common but will live and breed in slightly different ways/environments.
All cockroaches are nocturnal and will 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 when you enter at night. Also you can use a torch to check behind units, refrigerators and cookers to look for cockroaches. Also look for faecal matter and redundant egg cases.
Good housekeeping and hygiene should help prevent or control a cockroach infestation. However the following suggestions may also help:
The treatment of cockroaches is challenging as it is necessary to use insecticides to treat an infestation.
This is why we recommend that treatment is done professionally. However this should be backed up by maintaining good housekeeping and hygiene.
Due to their biology 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.
We recommend that you seek an experienced expert in cockroach control. They should be a member of the British Pest Control Association. You can contact them by calling 01332 294 288 or by visiting www.bpca.org.uk.
You should expect, even with a minor infestation, a time intensive treatment with a minimum of three visits. During these visits the contractor will lay insect monitors in the property and use insecticidal gels and sprays to eradicate the infestation. Where infestations are severe a successful treatment could take in excess of a month.
When seeking the services of a private contractor you should always obtain a minimum of three quotes. This will allow you to compare service and price. Always check that the price given is to eradicate (a fixed charge). Otherwise they may charge you per visit which could spiral out of control.
For further information or to book a treatment by a qualified and experienced pest control officer please contact us.
Commercial premises can arrange for a free survey and quotation.