More cockroaches
Iain Urquhart

cockroach life cycle

The main cockroaches we have to deal with here in the UK are the following from the Tropics;  the Oriental,  German and the American.  The largest (everything is bigger in America).  An African resident the Brown Banded Cockroach is now with us but my team have not yet come across them.  The Oriental cockroach was the predominant one we dealt with in our hospitals and prisons in the mid 1980’s but those large infestations are a thing of the past, however, if they are not, you need to speak to me.  These three roaches are responsible for carrying disease organisms on their legs and body and leaving behind food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhoea, and a very good reason for their control.  These cockroaches don’t really fly but can glide.  Often in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s we carried out evening treatments. The American cockroaches used to leave the septic tanks and rest on the villa walls in their thousands and we would see them picked out by the pickup’s vehicle lights as we approached our destination. The roaches were enjoying the evening breeze (who would want to spend the day in a septic tank) so when we started spraying the outside villa walls they tried to make their escape, by gliding away from our chemical spray.   It is best to say, that we took no prisoners.

It is amazing how times change, when I first married, my wife and I holidayed in the Med during the late 1980’s, and the first thing I would do was check on the roach traps under the kitchen sink.  These days, I am checking for evidence of bed bugs in and around our bed, but, that’s another story.

If you are experiencing problems with the above tropical pests give us a call on 01630 652958.

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