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Cockroaches tend to get associated with bad restaurants or foreign holidays, but they can take up residence anywhere. Once they appear, you need to get rid of them before they spread and you are facing an infestation.

Cockroaches look for shelter, warmth, food and water – conditions that are found in many Devon and Cornwall homes including across Plymouth, Exeter and the surrounding towns and villages.

Falcon Environmental Services are experts in removing cockroaches with our team of pest control experts working with domestic and commercial clients across Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall and the South West.

Read our cockroach facts with tips on what you should do if you find one or more in your home.

Facts about cockroaches

Known for their rapid reproductive capabilities, the speed at which a cockroach will multiply depends on various factors, including the species of cockroach, environmental conditions, and the availability of food and shelter. In general, cockroaches have the potential to reproduce quickly, making them challenging pests to control. Here are some key points about the reproduction of cockroaches:

  • Life Cycle: Cockroaches undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, progressing through three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and lack wings.
  • Reproductive Capacity: Female cockroaches produce egg cases, called oothecae, which contain multiple eggs. The number of eggs in each ootheca varies among species but can range from a few dozen to a couple of hundred.
  • Frequency of Reproduction: Some species of cockroaches can produce a new ootheca every few weeks. This means that, under favorable conditions, a single female cockroach can produce a significant number of offspring in a relatively short period.
  • Environmental Factors: Cockroaches thrive in warm and humid environments, and their reproduction rates are influenced by temperature and humidity. In warmer conditions, the development from egg to adult can occur more rapidly.
  • Availability of Resources: The availability of food, water, and suitable shelter also plays a crucial role in the reproduction of cockroaches. If these resources are abundant, it can further facilitate their rapid multiplication.


Cockroaches are attracted to areas with food, water, and shelter. They can enter homes through cracks, crevices, vents, and pipes. Once inside, they may establish hiding spots in dark and warm areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. If conditions are favourable, cockroach populations can proliferate.

While they tend to be a spring/summer issue, as long as there is an indoor year-round temperature of 50 degrees or more, they can thrive. 

If you notice one cockroach, it’s crucial to take immediate action to address the issue and prevent a larger infestation. Implementing proper sanitation practices, sealing entry points, and using professional pest control measures can help in managing and eliminating cockroach problems in households or commercial spaces.

Where cockroach problems are found

Some species of cockroach prefer moist areas:

  • Under or around sinks, baths or toilets where there is a supply of water and somewhere dark to shelter
  • Behind dishwashers or washing machines – again, it is dark and damp
  • At the back of bathroom cabinets – especially those that have been undisturbed for some time.

Some species prefer warm areas:

  • Behind or under cookers, fridges, freezers or other kitchen appliances
  • Hiding in undisturbed kitchen or bathroom cabinets
  • The back of washing machines or tumble dryers. The dark and warm conditions are perfect for cockroaches to take refuge.

Common areas cockroaches are found:

  • Drains, pipes and plumbing
  • Basements and storage spaces (cockroaches will use paper and boxes as both food and shelters


There are various species of cockroaches all who need different conditions to survive. While some prefer warm and humid conditions, others can survive in cool and damp conditions.

Tips for preventing cockroach infestations

Of course, as we always say; prevention is better than cure.

To ensure your home remains cockroach-free, it’s important to take a proactive approach to prevention. Here are some practical tips and advice:

  • Keep your home clean and tidy, clearing away any crumbs or spills promptly.
  • Regularly take out the rubbish and ensure bins are tightly sealed.
  • Store food in airtight containers, rather than leaving it out on counters or in open packets.
  • Eliminate any sources of standing water, as cockroaches are attracted to moisture.
  • Seal any cracks or crevices in walls or floors that provide entry points for cockroaches.
  • Consider using mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent cockroaches from entering your home.
  • Following these simple steps and remaining vigilant can significantly reduce the risk of a cockroach infestation in your home. If you do encounter a problem, be sure to seek professional pest control services to help you deal with the issue effectively.

Sometimes it is easier to spot the signs of cockroaches than the actual insect themselves as these creatures are nocturnal. The signs to watch out for are an unsightly smell, cockroach droppings and shed skins which are often found close to the location of the cockroaches.

If you think you may have a cockroach problem call our Falcon Environmental Services team as soon as possible on 01752 929292 and we will arrange to come and assess the problem and provide a solution to eradicate your Devon and Cornwall cockroach problem.

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Cockroach FAQs

Cockroaches can transmit various diseases, including salmonella, typhoid fever, and dysentery. They can also trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in some individuals.

Cockroaches can contaminate food, leave behind droppings, and create unpleasant odors. They can also damage books, fabrics, and other materials with their feeding and nesting habits.

Yes, non-chemical methods for cockroach control include using adhesive traps, vacuuming, and maintaining cleanliness and sanitation to eliminate food and water sources.

To prevent cockroach infestations, it is crucial to keep your home clean and free of food debris. Seal up cracks and crevices, fix any leaks or moisture issues, and store food in airtight containers.

Cockroaches are attracted to warm and humid environments. They seek out food, water, and shelter, making kitchens and bathrooms prime areas for infestations.

If you have a severe or persistent cockroach infestation that is difficult to manage on your own, it is best to seek professional pest control services. They have the expertise and tools to eliminate the infestation effectively.

Regular pest control and preventive measures can help ensure a pest-free home, reduce the risk of disease transmission, minimize property damage, and provide peace of mind for you and your family.

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