Friday 19 January 2018

Irish cockroach infestations double as Dublin dwellings are hit the worst

How to spot the signs of a cockroach infestation

Cockroach infestations double compared to April 2015.
Cockroach infestations double compared to April 2015.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The number of requests to attend to cockroach infestations has almost doubled since this time last year, Irish pest control companies have reported.

New data released reports a 50pc rise in callouts to cockroach infested dwellings in April 2016, compared to the same month last year.

A steady rise in the number of cockroach infestations in residential dwellings since 2014 has also been documented.

The creatures are a threat to health and can carry salmonella, typhoid and gastroenteritis. They also exasperate the symptoms of eczema and asthma.

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The analysis found that apartments in Dublin were the most frequently tended to by pest control companies this year, and 75pc of all cockroach call outs were in the capital.

Cockroach infestations double compared to April 2015.
Cockroach infestations double compared to April 2015.

Dr. Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager at Rentokil UK, Ireland and the Baltics revealed that the most common signs of cockroach infestation is a lingering smell.

“An established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant odour that taints items they contact. If little water is available cockroaches will produce brown or black cylindrical droppings, approximately 2mm long. Smear marks are also a sign that cockroaches may be present. 

“If water is abundant cockroaches will produce brown and irregular shaped smear marks. Check for marks on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches scuttle along.

“Cockroaches also shed cast nymphal skins five to eight as they mature to adults. These shed skins are usually found close to where the cockroaches are sheltering,” he said.

Irish-owned pest control company Orkin said they have also experienced a rise in the number of cases of cockroach infestations in recent years.

Managing Director of Orkin, Donal Butterly told "For us, I don't feel like the figures have doubled, but there has been a significant increase in the number of infestations we are dealing with on a regular basis.

"Just last week we had a particular bad infestation in Navan, so it isn't Dublin specific.

"I think the creatures can come in foreign food stuffs, and because they breed so rapidly, they quickly become a bad problem."

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