Cockroaches are unpleasant to look at, disliked by most and associated with unclean environments…but they do have their uses too.

Over 5000 species of cockroach exists on the planet and only 30 of them are regarded as pests. So lets give cockroaches a break and have a look at their good points.

Cockroaches: The Good

However ugly, however repugnant cockroaches are, they have their good points. Cockroaches come in all different shapes and sizes and are incredibly diverse, living in vastly varying environments throughout the whole world.

China in particular sees the cockroach in a whole different light to other countries, praising some species for their medical qualities and trusting them more than regular medicine to treat some ailments. Liu Yusheng, a professor at the Shandong Agricultural University, goes as far as to describe them as a miracle drug.

The exoskeletal wings of the cockroaches have also been the inspiration of scientific studies to design new robots and have been used in the creation of new prosthetic limbs.

Cockroaches have been described as able to survive an atomic bomb, and although this may be stretching the truth slightly, cockroaches are able to stand 5 to 10 times more radiation than humans, depending on the species.

Cockroaches: The Bad

Although cockroaches have been given their moment of fame and we have highlighted some of their good points, Top Dog Pest Control reminds London residents that cockroaches found in London properties are very much of the pest variety and should be dealt with immediately.

The main two varieties found in London and the rest of the UK are the German cockroach and the oriental cockroach. German cockroaches like to reside around fridges and boilers, as well as inside cupboards, plug sockets and electrical appliances, and they also have a tendency to climb. Oriental cockroaches live generally at floor level and prefer darker and damper places, such as bathrooms and inside drains and sewer pipes. Their presence can indicate that there is a damp problem in your London property.

Cockroaches feed on leftover food and are extremely unhygienic, carrying a variety of diseases including dysentery, salmonella and typhoid fever.

How to Control Cockroaches

Top Dog Pest Control offers advice on how to control cockroaches in your London home or business.

The best ways to avoid finding yourself with a London cockroach infestation are to clear up food and avoid leaving it overnight as this is when cockroaches are most active, and to keep food in sealed containers and make sure surfaces are kept clean.

However, once a cockroach infestation has taken hold in your London property, it is almost impossible to rid yourself of them without the help and assistance of professionals like Top Dog Pest Control. DIY products only usually treat the visible, live cockroaches and not the eggs in the nest, meaning you will find yourself with another cockroach outbreak further down the line. Using industry grade chemicals and specialist knowledge, our London cockroach control technicians can trace the cockroaches back to their nest and eradicate the infestation completely.

Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control. Top Dog London Pest Control provides London cockroach control services

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