What do they look like?
The two main species of cockroach in Britain are the Oriental
cockroach which is dark brown in colour and about 30mm long, and
the German cockroach which is light yellowish brown, and about 12mm
long. The bodies of both species are divided into three sections
and have long antennae protruding from the head.
Where do they live?
Generally found indoors, such as in cellars, basements,
kitchens, bakeries, and heating ducts etc. The Oriental cockroach
can survive outdoors in Britain during the summer months.
What do they eat?
All cockroaches will feed on a wide range of substances,
particularly refuse and human food. Cockroaches can survive for
several months without food but will not live for more than a few
weeks without water.
Cockroaches often remain hidden during the day using cracks
and crevices as harbourage. This means that in most cases they will
not be visible during the hours of daylight. Most species can climb
with ease, especially the German cockroach which can climb smooth
How do I control them?
A thorough cleansing of the affected area should take
place, paying particular attention to removing food sources and
The use of sticky traps is not recommended for controlling
cockroaches, and should only be used for monitoring the extent of
Carrying out a successful treatment against cockroaches will
depend on what insecticides are chosen, and how thoroughly they are
applied. Many of the insects and their egg cases are hidden in
cracks and crevices, so particular attention should be paid to
these areas when applying insecticides. To control an infestation,
the insecticide used should remain active until the egg cases have
Baits can give continuous control
of cockroaches over an extended period.
When using pesticides
always follow the instructions on the label.
Can we help?
Yes. We use an insecticide impregnated gel that is injected
into cracks and crevices and remains active for several weeks.
There is no charge for this service.
For further details please see
Last Updated on 6/25/2012