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Cockroaches (General)

Cockroaches. The name alone fills most people with a sense of alarm and disgust. Little creatures scurrying around in the dark, invading our homes and workplaces. The problem is, our kitchens especially, are warm and have a ready source of food and water, add that to many small places to hide and you have a cockroach hotel.

There seems to be a mistaken belief that you need to be dirty to get a cockroach infestation, this is not true. Obviously, the more cluttered a place is, the more hiding places available to the cockroaches, but keeping an area clean and tidy will not always prevent an infestation. A small problem can turn into a large problem very quickly if not dealt with promptly. The more food and water available together with safe places to hide and you can have a severe infestation to deal with in a short space of time. 
  • Cockroaches can be considered one of the most common insects.
  • There are indications from fossil evidence that cockraches have been on earth for300 million years.
  • They are one of the most successful groups of animals.
  • Due to their adaptability they can live successfully with humans, some species, cannot live in a country without human presence as they cannot survive the cold environment and need centrally heated houses etc provided by us.
  • There are about 4,000 species of cockroach found worldwide.
But why are cockroaches considered pests?                                       
This is for a variety of reasons but includes the following:
  • Their presence causes distress and embarassment.
  • Many people are fearful of cockroaches, they do not like the quick unpredictable movement and the ability to climb almost any surface.
  • Food tainted by cockroaches cannot be eaten and is not fit for human consumption. The charachteristic odour of cockroaches can remain with food even after cooking.
  • The allergens from cockroaches are also not destroyed by cooking. These allergens can aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions.
  • Cockroaches can carry disease organisms including Salmonellae, E. Coli and Streptococcus.
  • Cockroaches are omnivorous, they do not have large appetites so a little food spillage can enable a large number to survive.