Gold medal for the American Cockroach

The gold medal for sprinting goes to the American Cockroach! London is full of International visitors, but their cockroach counterparts have been resident in UK for some time and are always ready to infest our hotels and restaurants. Where do they live or come from?

The Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis) prefers cooler areas such as basements, void and drains and is sometimes driven into buildings when the rain fall increases. They are particular successful due to dropping their egg cases off which can hatch up to 2 years if conditions aren’t favourable. They have a life span of 12 to 18 months.

The German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) is often referred to as the steam fly. They will harbour behind cooking lines, steaming equipment and fryers where there is often a hole or cavity for them to harbour. No place is exempt, so places such as hollow legs of tables, beneath sheathed table tops or door frames is also ideal. They have a typical life span of 6 to 9 months.

The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is the larger of the three between 28 to 43 mm in length, although not as common in the UK as the other two main species. They occupy warmer areas similar to german cockroaches and travel quickly, often darting out of sight when someone enters a room, and can fit into small cracks and under doors despite its fairly large size. They have a life span of 12 to 24 months.
American Cockroaches registered a record speed of 5.4 kilometres per hour (3.4 mph), about 50 body lengths per second, which would be comparable to a human running at 210 mph.

Cockroaches can be controlled and indeed eradicated with modern sprays, dusts and gels that we have available, they key is to identify their harbourage and origin to get quick elimination. This can be achieved through effective monitoring with glue pads which will provide vital information to a professional pest control Technician of the level of infestation, the age of the cockroaches and the direction which they came from.

The reason why it is essential that we eradicate them is they can pick up disease-causing organisms which after growing and multiplying in their guts that can subsequently be deposited on kitchen surface areas, utensils, and food items. In addition, cockroaches can pick up disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella on their legs and later deposit them on foods causing food poisoning.

Expert help will always be required, not only are they fast running they are fast at breeding too.


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