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The most common species of cockroach in Britain is the German Cockroach which is 10-15mm in length and of a yellowish-brown colour.

Less common are Oriental Cockroaches which are dark brown and up to 30mm in length. 

Larger still, but fortunately rare in this country, are the American Cockroaches can be found in premises where food is stored or handled including in the home. 

They are nocturnal insects and will spend most of the day hiding in cracks, around drains, pipe work and service ducting. 

Infestations may be introduced into premises in laundry and food deliveries.

Cockroaches can survive without food for several months but not without water.

  • As cockroaches are not usually seen during the day, cockroaches may only be found by switching on lights during the night and seeing them scuttle away. You may also find the egg cases or cast skins as cockroaches shed their skin several times during their life
  • You may notice damage to food stuffs or packaging, cockroaches will eat almost anything
  • Cockroach droppings – cockroaches leave a dust of black/dark brown droppings that are cylindrical and less than 2mm wide if water is scarce. They are found on horizontal surfaces and wall-floor junctions where cockroaches run
  • Smear marks - cockroaches produce these marks instead of droppings if water is readily available, they are brown in colour and irregular in shape
  • Odour – established cockroach infestations produce an unpleasant, musty smell and this is most noticeable close to the home
  • An officer will visit to assess the extent of the infestation, they will set up sticky traps in the property to help identify the type of cockroach and where the activity is
  • The officer will arrange to return in about a week to examine the traps and then set up an action plan to carry out the treatment; this can on occasion involve the removal of skirting boards, floor boards and gas fires
  • The pest control officer will then spray the affected area with a residual insecticide and may use a ULV machine to ensure a thorough treatment; a gel insecticide may also be applied in certain areas
  • Following the treatment a re-assessment is made in 2 weeks and more sticky traps will be set up which again will be re-checked in a week
  • In some cases the treatment may need to be repeated which will incur an additional payment
  • Cockroaches are a serious health risk because of the ease with which they can infest and infect foodstuffs
  • Cockroaches carry food poisoning germs on their bodies and are responsible for the spread of dysentery and gastro-enteritis
  • They will feed on almost anything including faecal matter and food for human consumption
  • Contamination will occur when the insect comes into contact with food or work surfaces or through faecal contamination of foodstuffs
  • Making sure your premises are clean and that there are no food sources and hiding places for cockroaches

What Does It Cost?

Concessionary Cost
2 visits£280£182
Each additional visit£100£65
Advisory visit
(no treatment needed)
Appointment Cancelled
(on day of appointment or after midday the last working day before)
Missed Appointment£40£40

Concessionary Cost

The qualifying benefit that is accepted is for those receiving Council Tax Reduction (CTR), this discount does not include Single Persons Council Tax discount.

We reserve the right to check those claiming a discount to ensure they are currently in receipt of CTR.


Cockroach treatment (per hour)£99
Call out fee
(if no treatment necessary)
Appointment Cancelled
(on day of appointment or after midday the last working day before)
Missed Appointment£50


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Last updated: 1 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 1 April 2020