More Where That Came From: Surefire Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
There’s no worse feeling than believing that your home may have a cockroach infestation. You’d most likely rather your home be infested with anything other than roaches. Why?
Cockroaches are not only difficult to get rid of once they infest a home, but they come with a nasty stigma attached to them. A home with roaches must be a dirty home, right? Not necessarily.
Your home doesn’t have to be dirty to have roaches. Roaches will make their way into any home as long as it provides them with food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, these are all things that every home has to offer.
If you believe that your home may be infested with cockroaches, then you need to know some telltale signs that you do, in fact, have an infestation. Before it’s too late and you’re home is completely taken over, continue reading below. Here’s everything you need to know about cockroach infestation signs.
1. Your Neighbors Have Roaches
Whether you live in a condo or a home, if your neighbors are having cockroach issues, then you need to start looking for signs of your own roach problems. Roaches travel and a neighbor with an infestation means your home could be next on the list of stops for the roaches.
To prevent roaches from entering your home from the neighbor’s home, be sure to clean up any messes as soon as they happen and used sealed garbage cans. You should also keep all outdoor garbage cans away from your home or, at the very least, sealed to prevent them from being attracted to your home.
2. There’s Egg Casings
Have you ever heard the rule that you’re not supposed to squash roaches? There’s a reason for this. Roaches carry their eggs in egg sacks.
If you squish a roach and it has an egg sack on it, the eggs will then stick to whatever it is you used to squish the roach with. This is why you should spray the bug and flush it down the toilet instead. Some roaches will drop their egg sacks before the eggs hatch.
German roaches, however, will carry the egg sack around until it’s time for the eggs to hatch. If you happen to stumble upon an egg casing that once held baby roaches, you need to take immediate action. Egg casings are light brown in color, long shaped, and hallow after the roaches hatch.
Each casing can hold up to 50 baby roaches in it! So, if you’ve found an empty one in your home, it’s guaranteed that there’s a bunch of baby roaches running around your home somewhere.
3. There’s Roach Droppings
Roaches leave their droppings everywhere they go. Anywhere that they crawl to, there will be droppings of some sort. Different roaches do leave different types of roach droppings.
Larger roaches will leave dropping the size of rice grains, while others leave pepper-like specs or even brown stains. Be on the lookout for any of these types of roach droppings. Some common areas to check for are under the stove and refrigerator, in cabinets, in room corners, and on countertops.
4. There’s a Musky Odor
One or two roaches in your home most likely won’t create an odor that’s noticeable. However, when there’s an infestation, you’ll begin to smell a musky odor. As the number of roaches multiplies, the smell will become stronger and stronger.
Dead roaches in your home will add to the smell as their bodies give off a smell while decomposing. However, the main musky odor that you’re smelling is associated with living roaches. If you begin to smell the musk in your home, then it’s time to start searching for some roaches.
5. You See Roaches
One for-certain sign that your home is infested is seeing the roaches yourself. While some roaches travel alone such as the palmetto bug, most of them travel and live together in nests. For example, if you were to see a german roach running around in your home, then you know that there’s more.
These roaches can build nests inside your walls and other areas that are hidden inside your home. They’ll spend most of their time hidden in their nests and come out during the night. However, every now and then you might see one during the daytime.
If you see one, there’s more. Seeing roaches in your home is enough to call in the professionals.
6. Smear Marks on Walls
If there’s an abundance of water for the roaches, then they’ll leave smear marks on the walls and floors of your home. These smear marks are brown in color and form different types of shapes. Some common places where smear marks appear are areas where the walls and floors meet.
Any other horizontal surfaces should be checked for smear marks as well. This is due to the way that roaches travel. They tend to stay along the walls and along the edges of other surfaces as well.
Stop Your Cockroach Infestation Before It’s Too Late!
If you notice any of these cockroach infestation signs, you need to call the professionals as soon as possible. Here at Green Pest Services, we pride ourselves in handling any pest-related issues that your home may be suffering from.
Not only will we work towards eliminating the pest problem, but we’ll work towards preventing it as well. If the problem persists after a service call, we’ll even come back for free until the issue is corrected.
Contact us today to solve your pest problems!