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Types Of Cockroaches Found In The UK

Cockroaches can be found in pretty much every country in the world. There is no place on earth where they are not present. In fact, cockroaches are even seen in Antarctica. What’s more, there are thousands of different types of cockroaches. There are certainly a lot of cockroaches in London in our professional experience.

That being said, only a handful of species are classed as pests. Four of these are found in the UK. These species of cockroach are the German, Oriental, American, and Brown Banded cockroach.

The different types of cockroaches UK

The most common type of cockroach over here is the German cockroach. If you have cockroaches in your home, then it’s more than likely this species. These pests can live on almost anything, including cardboard, leather and any food you’ve left out. They also breed at a phenomenal rate.

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Then you have the Oriental cockroach. These cockroaches are smaller in size and have wings. They are also known for their dark black or brown outer shell, and they are often mistaken for beetles.

The American cockroach is the largest species of cockroach, and are often up to an inch in length. Originating in tropical areas, these pests quickly spread around the world.

Finally, you have the brown banded cockroach, which is the smallest of all cockroach species. This pest usually measures 10-15mm, and is characterised by the distinctive bands across it’s body.

Cockroaches need to be treated fast

No matter what types of cockroaches UK you have in your home, it’s important that you get rid of them quickly. What you may not realise, is that these pests can cause allergic reactions in many people. This includes symptoms such as a stuffy nose, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and also ear and nose infections. These symptoms are caused by allergens in the salvia, faeces, and skin of the cockroach.

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What’s more, cockroaches also spread bacteria such as E. Coli and salmonella. This can lead to food poisoning and other health issues, which is why professional cockroach control is so important. In many cases, you may be completely unaware that you have cockroaches on your property. This is because they generally shun human contact and only come out at night.

Cleanliness is the key to maintaining a cockroach free home. Your home should be kept as spotlessly clean as possible. Scrub all surfaces in your house, including floors and counters. Make sure to clean behind large appliances like your cooker. Also, do your dishes before going to bed at night and never leave food out. In addition to this, avoid leaving large piles of newspapers or magazines lying around. Lastly, cockroaches need water to survive. This means you should fix any leaking taps and remove sources of water. For example, do not leave cups of tea standing overnight.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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