With some pests you can have a pretty good go at getting rid of them yourself, getting a professional in just to make sure that whatever infestation you have is totally gone. The only cockroach treatment that is going to have a chance against them is going to come at the hand of a professional pest controller. Cockroaches are just too good at hiding and too good at multiplying for amateurs to have a chance.

Cockroaches will survive almost anywhere, they are a very adaptable insect and adapt to whatever climate they are in; most other insects would not survive. They carry bacteria and can cause diarrhoea, dysentery and food poisoning. EPC services can eradicate cockroaches with our insecticides and pesticides, our trained staff can advise you on what to do about prevention. Although other signs of an infestation include smear marks or droppings, cast skins, egg cases, an almond-like smell or dead insects, cockroaches are very visible at night time. Turn the light on suddenly and you will probably see them scurry to a dark hiding place. They look scary, they are dangerous, and they’re tough to get rid of. But don’t panic!

With a professional’s help and diligent cleaning, you will be cockroach free in no time!  Our skilled and experienced pest control technicians have been at the job for years and have dealt with small and large cockroach infestations.   It’s a nasty job but we take care that every last cockroach and their eggs are exterminated for good.

Cockroach Pest Control — Exterminating Cockroach Infestations  

The Cockroach evolution changed little over the past 320 million years. These creepy and disgusting insects thrive by consuming dead things. They are one of the most progressively disturbing house guests and pests around the world. Cockroaches can infest even the cleanest house and can live for one month without eating. Yet, cockroaches are one of the most significant pest control issues in Ireland.

The Biology of the Cockroach

Cockroaches are hardy insects that love to breed. If you have 1000 cockroaches in your premises and you don’t do anything about it – in 6 months time this amount will have multiplied by 10 – ie 10000. Here is how to recognise them and some tips on how to get rid of cockroaches!

Cockroaches are the bane of restaurant or facility health and safety since they will show up pretty much everywhere there is a bit of warmth and some scraps to eat.

Cockroaches can lay a case of up to 40 eggs each. They grow from being a baby cockroach to adult – there are no other stages involved. They hide wherever they can – preferably in a warm place. A very common place would be behind a fridge because it can be nice and warm there. Cockroaches normally won’t come out until night time so you during the day you’d seldom see them. Cockroaches can be as big as just a few millimetres to approximately 2 centimetres.

The Three Most Common Types of Cockroaches in Ireland 

There are over 3,000 species of cockroaches. Thankfully, only a few of those are considered pests. Those include:

The German Cockroach — A Kitchen Pest

Often found in the kitchens of Irish homes or where there is some heat and humidity. That means bathrooms and laundry rooms. They have little problem moving around, and you find them in odd places such as on windows or the ceiling. They can fly, run, and, thanks to sticky pads on their feet, climb.

The Oriental Cockroach — A Basement Pest

The oriental cockroach is at home in cooler areas of a building. Unlike the German and Brown Banded Cockroaches, the Oriental Cockroach does not need a lot of warmth to remain active. You find these creepy crawling pests in laundry rooms, basements, and even outbuildings such as garden sheds and garages.

The Brown Banded Cockroach — A Yard and House Pest

These common household pests also need a bit of warmth to remain active. You find them outdoors, in sheds and garages, as well as in homes or businesses. They are fast runners and can fly if startled.

Bon Appétit — What Cockroaches Eat

Cockroaches are just one order of insects that eat dead things. They have very powerful antennae that point them in the direction of decomposing matter. They enjoy rotting vegetation, carcasses, and scraps they might find around your kitchen or home. They will eat dead mice, insects, and other carrion, making them capable of spreading diseases, such as salmonella.

  • Carcasses
  • Decaying flesh and vegetation
  • Your food
  • Your pet’s food
  • Things that have died

Cockroaches can carry disease as well thus will spoil any good food. Any establishment that has cockroaches which aren’t being exterminated effectively, may end up being shut down by the Health and Safety Authority.

Because cockroaches eat dead things, they can transmit pathogens directly and indirectly. They may walk across clean dishes leaving behind germs and bacteria. They may chew on the food you’ve left out and pass on diseases when you consume that food. Cockroach control helps keep your family safe from diseases spread by cockroaches.

They Thrive in Homes and Some Businesses

Even in the cleanest homes, we find cockroaches. These are nomadic insects that move around to find mates and food. During the colder months, they seek shelter inside of homes and businesses. You may not see them until they have multiplied. Getting rid of a cockroach infestation is not easy. A roach exterminator is necessary and the best way to kill cockroaches. The process requires precision and experience to safely apply the cockroach killer materials. Learn more about how we put safety first when using bait or pesticides.

Cockroaches aren’t necessarily dangerous – but if you have them, it can often be a sign of bad hygiene in the first place. So another way to ensure cockroaches will die/leave your premises is by ensuring health and safety are totally up to par – leaving no dirty surfaces everywhere, kitchens and store rooms left impeccable and fridges and stores sealed.

The DIY Approach to Ending a Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches can be exterminated dyi style – for example with sprays or gels; but it’s nasty work which takes time so as the saying goes, if you want it done properly, call the professional but by all means give it a shot yourself.


Cockroaches are disgusting pests that frequent homes, restaurants, businesses, and yards. They eat dead things and can transmit serious diseases such as salmonella. They appear in even the cleanest homes, and the best way to kill cockroaches is to call a roach exterminator. If there are cockroaches in your home or business, contact us. We will safely and effectively deal with a cockroach infestation. For all your pest control solutions including cockroach extermination and prevention, contact Effective Pest Control.

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