Cockroach UK invasion: Pests enter homes as temperature drops – how to avoid infestation

Pests are a common occurrence in households all over the country with everything from fruit flies and spiders to skin-crawling cockroaches finding their way indoors. While there is little that can be done to prevent them from ever entering your property, there are ways to get rid of them if you know where to find them. As the temperature drops outside, cockroaches are just looking for warm places to hide – and this is how you could be inviting them in.

For many pests, the cold weather is a sign of hibernation when they seek out the heat of our cosy homes for the winter.

Cockroaches are no different – and with the autumnal weather setting in, it’s prime time for these creepy creatures to start house-hunting.

As they switch the humid summer heat for the warm corners of our houses, these heat-loving pests can bring with them a host of nasty bacteria as they creep into our cupboards and even our food.

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) are warning households across the UK of the health risk posed to humans when cockroaches are in our homes, sharing their tips on how to spot an infestation in your home.

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Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA head of technical, told Bristol Live: “Cockroaches will feed on almost anything, including refuse, faecal matter and food for human consumption.

“They also require access to water and will be generally found in inaccessible harbourages, close to water and food, such as ducting systems, drains, under units, at the back of white goods where the motor is situated and between cracks in tiles and skirting boards.

“Cockroaches are rarely able to survive out of doors in the British climate but thrive around the heating ducts and boiler rooms of large centrally heated buildings such as hospitals, bakeries, hotel and restaurant kitchens, and blocks of flats.”

Signs of a cockroach infestation

These nocturnal pests will make themselves known by either physically appearing in front of you, or leaving these tell-tale signs that they’re lurking in your home.

Droppings, egg cases and skin sheds are just a few of the nasty surprises these bugs will leave around your property.

You may also be stunned by obnoxious odours when dealing with larger numbers hiding in your house.

Keep an eye on your weekly shop – checking food and packaging for damage if you think you’ve been targeted by cockroaches.

Cleaning to prevent cockroaches

Keep food surfaces clear from debris, crumbs and spills will reduce the likelihood of cockroaches entering in search of food.

Remove pet food, litter trays and water bowls before the evening sets in.

Vacuum regularly to rid your home of any droppings or skin shedding which can harbour dangerous bacteria.