There are a number of different species of cockroach in the UK. The ones listed here are the most common to be found. Others can be imported in food products and other items. If you believe you have a cockroach which may not be listed, please contact us.
Common or Oriental Cockroach Blatta orientalis
This is the most common of all the cockroach species in the UK. They are classed as a high risk health pest as they carry several diseases which can be transferred to people. Their faecal waste (droppings) can also cause allergies. Cockroaches also carry food poisoning bacteria and can cause wide scale food contamination.
Colour: Dark brown to black
Wings: Undeveloped on female, 3/4 length on male
Habitat: Buildings, outdoors, rubbish tips etc.
German Cockroach Blattella germanica
Colour: Brown with two dark stripes on the body
Wings: As long as the body
Habitat: Heated buildings (prefers high humidity)
Movement: Runs and climbs
Brown Banded Cockroach Supella longipalpa
Colour: Yellow and brown
Wings: Both sexes have wings, males are longer
Habitat: Heated buildings – very widely distributed
Movement: Runs and may fly high at high temperatures
American Cockroach Periplaneta Americana
Colour: Shining reddy-brown
Wings: Longer than the body (both sexes)
Habitat: Inside buildings, heating ducts and ventilation shafts
Movement: Runs and may fly at very high temperatures
Control Measures for these Pests
There are several control measures that can be implemented for the control of cockroaches. These can range from spray treatments, dust treatments, baiting treatments and other methods including traps etc. Our fully qualified technicians will assess and recommend the optimum treatment plan for your home or business. Please contact us for more information.
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National Pest Technicians Association British Association for Shooting & Conservation Think Wildlife (CRRU)