Cockroaches, like many pests, pose significant health risks. They can bring about allergies and asthma, and carry bacteria and parasites. Knowing how to identify the telltale signs of cockroaches will enable you to protect your New Jersey home and you family. The sooner you hire a professional exterminator to eliminate the roaches, the sooner you regain control over your home and health. Here are a few sure signs that cockroaches are roaming your home and that you may have an infestation on your hands.
Know Where They Hide
Cockroaches are nocturnal and will roam the home at night, while you’re asleep. During the day, they hide out in dark, moist areas like the spaces behind your sink and large appliances. They can also flatten their bodies to gain access to the cracks in your walls or floorboards.
Have a Keen Nose
Cockroaches can produce a pungent, musty odor that worsens as the infestation progresses and the roaches increase in number. An odor is also produced by the remains of dead roaches as they decompose.
Look Out for Droppings
Cockroaches eat everything, from plant matter to garbage. As a result, they produce a considerable amount of droppings. The appearance of cockroach feces varies depending on the type of roach you are dealing with and the size of the infestation. Cockroach feces can resemble anything on a spectrum of pepper, coffee grounds, and oval pellets. You can expect to find cockroach feces behind large appliances like the stove and refrigerator, as well as behind sinks. Check all pantries and cupboards where food is stored, as that’s where cockroaches are likely to frequent. Finding a significant amount of feces in a fairly visible location is an indicator of a large infestation. It also defines that spot as an area of high traffic for the roaches, which may affect the pest control strategy used to eliminate them.
Look Out for Egg Casings
Cockroaches breed incredibly quickly, which is why homes tend to become completely infested by them. They produce casings called oothecae, which house several eggs at a time. Oothecae are brown and oblong and are left behind after the eggs within hatch. Keep an eye out for these signs of cockroach breeding in tight, sheltered areas. Look behind furniture, inside cracks in the wall, and in books, for example.
Don’t Miss a Roach
The most obvious sign of a cockroach problem is the presence of a live cockroach in the room. You are most likely to spot a roach at night, because that’s when they’re fully awake and more likely to be roaming around. If you spot a cockroach during the day, it’s safe to say that you have a large infestation on your hands. Cockroaches only tend to brave the daylight when the infestation has outgrown its food source and the roaches are overcrowded. Finding dead roaches does not indicate a past infestation that has been resolved. On the contrary, it most likely points to an ongoing infestation. Dead roaches may simply indicate that the roaches that invade your home are living out their entire life cycle within its walls.
There’s no need to stress if you are unsure whether you have a serious problem on your hands or not. Biotech Termite & Pest Control can do a full inspection and come up with a remediation plan on the spot.