How To Spot A Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are one of the most frustrating and disturbing house pests, due to the fact that they multiply rapidly and are known to spread disease. However, there is hope for homeowners when it comes to spotting potential infestations. While these frustrating pests are definitely capable of keeping a low profile, there are subtle signs that homeowners can look out for that allow for prompt detection and efficient pest control.

Read on to learn more about the signs of a cockroach infestation:

Live Roaches

One of the most aggravating aspects to a cockroach infestation is that homeowners are often unaware of the insects' presence until after the damage has been done. Cockroaches hide in warm, moist areas such as basements, closets and attics and hunt for food at night, which can lead them to go undetected for extended periods of time.

Cockroaches typically only come out of their nests during the nighttime hours in search of food and water. Spotting a live roach inside the home during daylight hours can indicate that its hiding place has become overcrowded due to rapid multiplying, which often points to an infestation. Common areas in which live roaches may be spotted can include basements, laundry rooms and bathrooms, as these locations tend to hold excess moisture and humidity.

Cockroach Droppings

Cockroaches leave droppings wherever they go in order to mark their territories and attract members of their colony.  Cockroach droppings are brown in color and resemble coffee grounds or loose dirt. The droppings can easily adhere to surfaces as they dry and crumble when pressure is applied. It is extremely important for individuals to avoid handling cockroach droppings if possible, as their feces may contain harmful bacteria that can lead to illness. If the droppings are handled, thorough hand-washing is imperative. 

Foul Odors

Cockroaches emit liquids that contain pheromones in order to attract mates. Pheromones emitted from a single cockroach may go unnoticed, but the scent can definitely be detected during an infestation. Cockroach pheromones have a musty odor that is similar to mildew.  As infestations multiply, the odor becomes more and more apparent. The liquid that contains cockroach pheromones is light yellow in color with an oily consistency. During an infestation, the oily liquid can often be spotted on surfaces.

Pest Control Remedies

Over-the-counter pest control products such as baits and sprays can help to kill live roaches that are spotted throughout the home, but unfortunately are not usually powerful enough to take on full infestations. It is always best for homeowners who suspect a potential infestation to consult with a pest control specialist in order to determine the extent of the issue and ensure that each and every roach is accounted for.

Early Detection is Essential

Undetected cockroach infestations can lead to structural damage and pose health risks to home residents. Understanding the subtle signs of a potential infestation can allow for early detection and prompt remedial action. For more information, contact a company like Total Control Termite And Pest with any questions or concerns you might have.