This page tells you how to identify cockroaches, and book a treatment for the control of them.

Cost of treatment

£128 (£64 concessions) for three visits.

Cockroaches are common in both homes and work places, particularly where food is produced or handled. They can arrive in incoming laundry, crates and packaging.

Cockroaches can spread disease. They eat almost anything, meaning any food could attract them. Food can be easily contaminated if brought into contact with cockroaches.

What to look for

Cockroaches generally have two pairs of large wings and long, whip-like antennae. Adults are two to three centimetres long and are usually brown in colour. Cockroaches can climb well but have difficulty covering smooth vertical surfaces.

Cockroaches come out at night. They spend the day hiding in cracks and crevices around areas such as sinks, drains, cookers and the backs of cupboards. They especially like buildings with service ducts and complex plumbing installations.

Before you book

Please inspect your the entire area affected, including where appropriate adjoining premises and hard-to-reach places. Look out for droppings, cast skins and egg cases.

Please consider the following advice:

  • deny easy access to food and water
  • deny access to convenient hiding places on the floor or in fittings
  • keep debris to a minimum and make it easy to clean the area
  • thoroughly inspect large volumes of materials coming into your property 
  • improve and increase ventilation in affected areas.