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cockroach infestation

what is a cockroach infestation?

Cockroaches, believed to have been present in the United Kingdom for approximately two centuries, are inherently social and nocturnal creatures that thrive in warm environments. These pests pose a significant concern, particularly in commercial settings, due to their potential to spread diseases. They are predominantly found in the warmer regions of a property. During daylight hours, cockroaches seek refuge in narrow gaps and crevices, necessitating comprehensive treatment methods to ensure complete eradication.

The health risks associated with cockroaches are substantial, as they are known to be vectors for various diseases, including dysentery, gastroenteritis, and typhoid. These risks are exacerbated by their dietary habits, which often include human food, leading to potential contamination through direct contact or via their faecal matter.

signs of a cockroach infestation

Detecting the presence of a cockroach infestation is often more straightforward than spotting the insects themselves. Cockroaches are predominantly active at night, emerging from their hiding places to feed. Their diet is diverse, including paper, packaging materials, fabrics, and animal matter.

Key indicators of a cockroach infestation include:

  1. Distinctive Odour: A strong, unpleasant smell, particularly around sinks, fridges, or cupboards, can be an early warning sign. This odour can taint items with which the cockroaches come into contact.
  2. Cockroach Droppings: Look for droppings approximately 2mm in size, cylindrical in shape.
  3. Smear Marks: These marks are typically found along wall-floor junctions and horizontal surfaces, indicating cockroach activity.
  4. Shed Skins: Cockroaches shed their skin 5-8 times during adulthood. Finding these skins is a clear indicator of their presence.


If you observe any of these signs, it is advisable to seek professional pest control assistance promptly to mitigate health risks and prevent further infestation.

Discovering a cockroach in your home or business premises can be alarming, given the significant health hazards they pose. Cockroaches are notorious for carrying diseases such as dysentery, salmonella, and gastroenteritis. Furthermore, research has established a correlation between cockroach excrement and increased asthma and eczema cases. If you encounter any cockroach issues or concerns, Pest Arrest Cockroach Pest Control Newcastle is at your service to provide expert pest control solutions.

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