Cockroaches (German) Control in London
The German cockroach is an urban pest commonly found in houses, apartments, restaurants, hotels, and other buildings. They are the most common species of cockroach in the UK and throughout Europe. German Cockroaches are small, measuring 15 millimeters when fully grown, and have the typical long, wide, and flat body shape. Unlike the American cockroach, German Cockroaches are not able to fly.
Habitat and Behavior
Cockroaches tend to prefer areas that are warm and humid. Like most indoor pests, they are looking for sources of food and water as well as a safe place to rest and reproduce. Cockroaches will typically be found in and around appliances, bathrooms, under sinks, dishwashers, medicine cabinets, mop closets, false ceilings, and anywhere food may be kept overnight such as storage closets and pantries. Cockroaches are omnivorous and scavengers, as such they will feed on almost anything available. However, they do prefer sugary foods, grease, starch, and meats. In heavily infested buildings, they may resort to other eating glue, packaging materials, biting humans, and even turning cannibalistic.
Tips for prevention and control:
- Do not leave food out overnight
- No not leave pet food and water out overnight
- Wash your dishes, pans, and utensil as soon as you are done using them
- Remove all food or spilled drinks from counter tops and clean counters, sinks, and tables with soapy water
- Vacuum all cracks and crevices to remove debris and food
- Sweep or vacuum any food and debris on floors
- Take garbage out daily in closed plastic containers; keep waste containers washed and clean
- Repair any leaky water pipes or faucets
- Recycle cans and bottles on a regular basis; wash and clean containers that hold recycling items
- Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem.