Check for clusters of cockroaches in Milton Keynes as heating goes on this autumn

Heating ducts and pipes can be prime spots, say experts

Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 4:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 4:46 pm

People in MK have been advised to check for clusters of warmth-loving cockroaches before they switch their heating on this autumn.

Heating ducts and pipes can be prime spots for the creatures, a national trade body has warned.

British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has issued a guide with advice on preventing insects getting into homes and businesses in Milton Keynes.

Cockroaches love warm places

The pests can also be found near stoves and sinks where they contaminate utensils and preparation surfaces as they forage and may even make their way into food items.

And they can be vectors of disease, capable of carrying the organisms which cause food poisoning in humans and many other bacteria.

Cockroach control is a difficult task, so preventative measures are an important step in keeping premises pest-free, say BPCA.

The association's head of technical, Dee Ward-Thompson, said: “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.

“They cluster around pipes, stoves, and sinks, especially in warm areas, and will often remain hidden during the day.”

BPCA recommends taking steps to proof your home or business from cockroaches, rather than trying to deal with an infestation. Tips to prevent cockroaches include:

Clean all surfaces thoroughly to remove any food residue

Keep bins covered, clean and emptied regularly

Regularly clean areas such as the top and bottom of the fridge where it’s warm and food residue may collect

Seal gaps around where utility lines enter the building or enter into a cavity

Dee added: “Control of cockroaches is seldom easy because of the difficulty of getting to the insect and administering the correct control technique.

“For any cockroach infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company, preferably a member of the BPCA.

“They are trained in cockroach control and will have access to a range of professional use products which are not available to the public.”

For more advice about proofing your home or business against cockroaches, the new online guide is available at: Pest Advice for controlling Cockroaches (bpca.org.uk)

BPCA is a not-for-profit organisation which acts in the interests of members and on behalf of the pest management industry in the UK.

To find a BPCA member near you visit bpca.org.uk/find.