There are 3 main species of cockroach in the UK. In a similar way to rodents the quantity of cockroaches in the UK has increased due to increased volumes of waste and refuse management. Cockroaches are nocturnal and utilise space in cracks and crevices to hide. They need access to moisture to survive, and will eat almost any food source from cleaning products to scraps. The female lays eggs (usually between 12-50 at any one time) into an egg case which is extremely strong and hard to eliminate. Cockroaches enter premises looking for a food supply and somewhere to breed.

Ways to prevent cockroaches;

  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers
  • Ensure you home is always clean and hygienic
  • If you see a cockroach there will soon become more to ensure you infestation doesn’t get out of hand seek immediate treatment

BBC News

Cockroaches linked to asthma risk

A picture of a cockroach Cockroaches are worse than pets and dust mites for people with asthma, a study says. Researchers found cockroach allergens played a “very important role” in exacerbating the symptoms of asthma in inner city children in the US.

Children

But she added cockroaches played a “very important role in exacerbating asthma symptoms in inner city children who are sensitive and exposed to high levels of that allergen”.

She said parents can protect their children by making sure homes are clean “To minimise exposure to cockroach allergens, eat only in the kitchen and dining room, keep shelf food in plastic containers or sealable bags, take the garbage out daily and clear counter tops and floors regularly.”