Signs of Roach Infestation

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Roaches are one of the most universally hated pests within the home. They’re ugly, they stink, they carry disease and they’re just plain gross. Unfortunately, you may come face to face with one at some point in your home. An occasional bug is bound to happen, but there are some signs you should look out for if you’re facing a full-on infestation. 



Roach activity during the day/small roaches.

Roaches are nocturnal creatures, so if you see one during the day, it’s probably a sure sign of an infestation. Seeing a roach at all is a sign of infestation as roaches don’t like to interact with humans, and seeing a live one means that the colony has reached capacity in the dark underbelly of your home. Either way, contact an exterminator immediately if you see a live roach in your home.

Roach droppings. 

Roaches eat any and everything - human food, dog food, soap, toothpaste, and even feces. From all that eating, you can safely assume that there will be a lot of defecating that follows. Keep an eye out for roach droppings if you suspect that roaches are infiltrating your home. Roach droppings are a sure sign that roaches are there, and they’re eating. And if they’re eating, they’re probably going to come back.

Roach eggs/oothecae.

Roaches have a unique way of laying eggs. Instead of laying live eggs, their eggs are stored in an oblong case called an oothecae. When the roaches are ready to hatch, they break out of this casing, which then becomes debris around your home. This can irritate allergies if not cleaned up and is a clear indicator that roaches are planning to settle in your home for the foreseeable future - at least for the next generation.

Dead roach bodies.

At least they’re dead, not alive. But dead bodies are a sure sign that roaches are here and are staying long enough to finish their life cycle. Get rid of the bodies immediately - they can irritate a variety of issues, like skin conditions, allergies, and asthma. Be sure to keep an eye out especially in kitchens and bathrooms, as these are subject to more activity from roaches. Why bathrooms, you might ask? For the roach food, of course - roaches also like to eat soap and toothpaste.

An unpleasant odor.

Especially in heavily populated homes, roaches produce an oily, musty smell that lingers in the home. This is usually produced thanks to the leftover residue from the trash, feces, or other dwellings that they frequent. If you start to smell an unfamiliar unpleasant odor in your home that you can’t place, have an inspector look at your home for signs of roach infestation.

Roaches can be a hassle to eradicate, but know that you are not alone in your efforts. We understand how important roach control is to keep your home and family safe. You have support from your local pest control company - namely, us. Contact Home Pest Control for an inspection or to schedule a treatment.



March 27, 2018

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