Cockroach Extermination in Bracknell
Cockroaches are one of life's winners: these insects are extremely hard to kill and they exist just about everywhere man does with the exception of the polar regions. Cockroaches are able to feed on stuff that other insects would find poisonous and they are quickly becoming resistant to pesticides as they are able to digest the active ingredients and metabolise them into harmless compounds - certainly more successful than many other species.
If you were to cut the head of a cockroach both parts would continue to survive and eventually it would die (or is that a case of they would die?) from starvation; insects have an exoskeleton which contains all the juicy bits and these do not have a blood supply which we would recognise in mammals. No veins, arteries or capillaries and so no high pressure system, when an insect loses a leg rather than have the blood pump out it seeps and as they have the ability to clot their blood so this dries up and the insect survive's.
A similar thing goes on with their nervous system, insects consist of separate sections and each one has bundles of nerves distributed throughout which are capable of sustaining the basic functions like respiration so each part is independent of the next - no veins, no brain and no lungs! Insects don't have lungs or even gills, they have a system of tiny tubes that run in and out of their body sections called spiracles and these are responsible for gaseous diffusion.
The real reason why cockroaches are winners is down to the resistance they have to the chemicals that pest controllers use to control them; the most common cockroach is the German cockroach or Blattella germanica to give it its posh Latin name, recent experiments have shown that using a single pesticide performs poorly in cockroach control and using a mix of pesticides has little advantage.
When it comes to cockroach control we use a mix of chemical treatments including one which throws a liquid molecular 'net' over the insects preventing them from breathing; as this is a non-toxic treatment it works extremely well. You can see well it works by watching this video on Youtube:
Click here to follow the link - https://youtu.be/39d8T4YKTo4
There were no signs of cockroaches behind the architrave and we sprayed this with the new molecular chemical flushing them out of their hiding place - you can see roaches falling off the walls and within seconds these were dead.
Cockroaches like to hide away in dark places and they are thigmotropic = they like to squeeze into gaps so they are touched on all sides, behind wooden trim like the door architrave and spaces behind wall tiling that has not been sealed properly. The most effective way to keep cockroaches at bay is hygiene; they thrive in dirty places where there is a constant food and water source.
Cockroaches are spread very easily; it is often thought that you shouldn't stamp on a cockroach as you can carry the egg's back home with you in the grip of your shoe - there is a lot of truth in this as the female cockroach carries her young in an egg case called an ootheca tucked in under her wings on her back.
This egg case contains up to 35 young cockroaches called nymphs and these are usually stuck somewhere just prior to the egg case opening up and the young emerging; second hand furniture and goods bought in bulk can all have an egg case stuck inside ready to start up a brand new infestation.
For more information on cockroaches follow this link to a blog from Reading Pest Control.
How do we know if we have a cockroach infestation?
As cockroaches are nocturnal and really only come out at night, in the early stages you will be completely unaware unless you happen to walk into the kitchen at night and turn the light on. Cockroaches defecate and they leave their deposits in the shape of small black dots rather like poppyseeds. You may also find discarded exoskeletons: as cockroaches grow they moult off the smaller and unwanted skin. This is often eaten as it is a source of protein and cockroaches will eat ANYTHING. You may see egg cases and if you do, be aware that you have a serious infestation.
I run a restaurant, how do I safeguard against cockroaches?
Hygiene is the key to effective cockroach control and we provide monitoring contracts to those people in the food and hospitality industry; having a cockroach infestation in a commercial business will mean closure and heavy fines if you are caught by Environmental Health.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Yes, they are extremely hazardous to health. Firstly their waste products give off proteins which as they dry become released into the atmosphere and can trigger asthma attacks in people. Cockroaches will feed on anything, faeces, rotten meat, animal corpses and any waste material after this they walk about in our kitchens, across plates and work surfaces contaminating everything in the process. They are capable of spreading bacteria, cholera and even polio so yes, they are very hazardous.