Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in the UK, particularly the German cockroach which can fly, swim, and climb smooth surfaces and hide in inaccessible places. This species of cockroach is attracted to warm, moist environments, particularly heating systems in large buildings. Since cockroaches can reproduce rapidly and are difficult to get rid of, it’s a good idea to take steps to prevent them before they become a problem.
Eliminate food sources
Eliminating food sources should be your first step when preventing cockroaches on your property. As well as removing any leftover food from tables, worktops and from under appliances, you’ll also need to get rid of liquids from sinks or bowls. Whilst cockroaches can survive for more than a month without food, they can’t survive more than a few days without water.
Removing water sources will discourage them from entering your home. We also recommend using airtight containers to store food since the smell of food alone can attract these insects to your property.
One of the best ways to prevent cockroaches is to keep your kitchen as clean as possible. Keep surfaces clear of food debris such as crumbs and spills. These need to be cleaned up as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of cockroaches entering in search of food. Vacuum regularly, not just the floors but furniture such as couches and desks too.
Removing any clutter like newspapers, packaging and unused appliances will make it more difficult for cockroaches to hide. When these bugs defecate, they leave droppings which contain a pheromone that signals to others that they have found a safe place to nest. Removing clutter will prevent droppings from accumulating in one area and make it less likely that a full-scale infestation will occur.
Seal up entrances
Sealing up any cracks and crevices in windows, doors and the foundations of your home can make it harder for cockroaches to enter. Checks for gaps behind skirting boards, fitted cabinets and electrical sockets and fill them with expanding foam if possible. Cockroaches usually try to find their way inside during the summer months when the heat encourages them to seek out cooler hiding places.
Check and repair pipes and taps
Since cockroaches tend to thrive in damp and moist places, they can often be found in or near pipes, drains and taps. Therefore, you should regularly check these areas for signs of roach activity. Repair damaged pipes and clear blocked drains as soon as possible to reduce the risk of a cockroach infestation.
If you’ve found yourself with a cockroach infestation even after carrying out these preventative measures, you’ll need to hire a company to perform professional cockroach control in London. Call Catch It Pest Control on 0208 787 5929 or 0203 600 0518 for a free, no-obligation quote for our services. We can use a variety of effective methods to eliminate cockroaches and many other types of pests from your home.