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How To Get Rid of Cockroaches

Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Home

The Rentokil Pest Control cockroach experts use the most environmentally friendly methods of treatment to get rid of cockroaches from your home.

Benefits of Rentokil Pest Control:

  • Full range of powerful and safe cockroach sprays to deal with all cockroach problems.
  • Innovative and environmentally friendly products such as non-toxic RID (Rentokil Insecticide Dust) or PyGo which is highly targeted at the crevices where cockroaches hide.
  • Home call-out service to get rid of cockroaches and other pest problems in the home.
  • Fast and effective service with highest priority for the safety for your family and pets.

Call Rentokil Pest Control on 800 PESTS (73787) for further advice on how to get rid of cockroaches or to arrange a visit by your local pest control technician.

Cockroach infestations

Cockroaches are a high risk pest to have in the home because:

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  • Cockroaches carry a range of serious illnesses including salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis and typhoid.
  • Cockroach droppings cause eczema and asthma.
  • Cockroaches produce an obnoxious odour that taints food and objects they come into contact with.
  • Cockroaches can breed rapidly.

A quick response is essential to ensure a cockroach infestation does not become established or spread to neighbouring properties. If you have a cockroach infestation call Rentokil on 800 PESTS (73787).

Signs of a Cockroach Problem

There are three common species found in the home:

These cockroaches are brown in colour and have wings, although they prefer to run or climb.

American cockroaches, also known

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as the palmetto bug, tend to be found in dark, undisturbed areas that are high in humidity.
All species are usually found in greatest numbers in the kitchen or where food is stored.

Typical signs of a cockroach problem:

  • Seeing live insects – cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day. You will most likely see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night.
  • Egg cases and cast skins – cockroaches shed their skin 5-8 times as they mature.
  • Droppings – cockroaches leave a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.
  • Odour – established cockroach infestations produce an unpleasant, musty smell.
  • Damage - roaches will attack organic goods including leather and books.

Cockroach Prevention Tips

Sealing entry points can help prevent a cockroach from entering the home. Key risks are gaps under doors or around pipes to the outside or neighbouring properties.

Also seal gaps where cockroaches can hide - cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day in cracks and crevices in the walls, around skirting boards or behind electrical sockets.

The most effective way of controlling a cockroach infestation is to stop them getting food and water:

  • Store food in containers or in sealed plastic bags
  • Clean all waste food and spillages immediately
  • Clean food debris from under fridges or cookers
  • Clear used crockery and cutlery immediately
  • Remove pet food, water and litter trays overnight
  • Keep refuse or compost in sealed bins
  • Take care with soiled nappies or dirty clothing
  • Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets overnight

In our experience, electromagnetic or ultrasonic repellers are ineffective at dealing with cockroaches and are not recommended to prevent or control cockroach infestations.

Call Rentokil Pest Control on 800 PESTS (73787) for advice on how to keep cockroaches away from your home.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

If untreated, cockroaches quickly establish themselves in high numbers and will spread to adjoining properties.
Whilst DIY products may be effective in getting rid of smaller cockroach problems, it can be difficult to reach all cockroach hiding places with amateur products.

An established cockroach problem will often require professional pest control to ensure that it will not recur. Infestations are likely to reappear especially when surviving cockroach eggs hatch after one or two months. Rentokil Pest Control offers a fast and effective call out service to get rid of cockroaches in your home.

Call Rentokil Pest Control on 800 PESTS (73787) for more advice on how to get rid of cockroaches.