Having cockroaches in your house is not a pretty sight. People may enter your home and when they see one of those little animals there they are going to think that you are a dirty person and that your house is full of filth since they are associated with that, and you may not what your guests to feel that way.
Once you have seen this pesky animal, the best thing to do is to call pest control for you to get rid of them as soon as possible. They can help you with their guaranteed service, using different techniques to make you feel safe and without that ugly sight.
Before you do that you need to know if your house suffers from a cockroach infestation, so for that, you need to know which are the signs of cockroach infestation which can give you an idea of what you are facing.
Live cockroaches roaming around
One of the most important things when you have an infestation at home is seeing the animal by or in itself. It is common for you to see them at night wandering around where there are leftovers or where the rubbish is since they are always looking for food sources.
Remember that they are good climbers, and they can fly, so finding them in high places can be another thing to look out for. They are nocturnal, so it is easier if you start the search at late hours. Check out places like the rubbish can, dark places like sheds or places where rotten wood is. If you see one of them, then it is one of the signs of cockroach infestation.
Not only you can find them alive, but dead too. It is not uncommon to find them laying dead near a door or in any place around the house, this is also an indicator, although you might find them where egg casings and droppings have been found previously.
Cockroach droppings around the house
Cockroaches are the types of animals that can eat whatever thing they find in their path. Their diet goes from dead skin cells, pet food to human food and rubbish. Due to their voracious appetite, they are eating constantly and at the same time leaving a bunch of their droppings behind for you to find.
What do these droppings resemble to? Well, they look as if it were black pepper specks or coffee grounds. They can be easily seen and found. When you find them in a spot you can be sure that there is an infestation going on, but if you find them in more spaces what you have can be a greater infestation so taking action as soon as possible is recommended.
Wherever you find their droppings you must clean the area as soon as possible in order to prevent more of them coming over, and also remove their food and water supply, so you control their population. You need to check in spaces like the bathroom (inside cabinets), the kitchen (shelves, under the washer and different kitchen utensils) and on floors. These are signs of cockroach infestation.
Egg cases findings
As they eat they multiply. They have an exceptional method to breed that can facilitate your investigation in terms of knowing if you have been infested by these creatures. Their eggs are not normal eggs, as they are inside a big container called oothecae that carries all of them. It depends on the type of cockroach, some of them keep the oothecae attached to their body close to hatching, however, that is not the case for all of them since many leave it in a space so the hatching occurs days later. When the oothecae hatches it is left behind as a case, empty, while the little cockroaches crawl on the floor or the surface they were put.
Some spaces where you can find either an empty or full oothecae are any dark crevices or protected areas that are perfect for their hatching. Also, in different corners of the house, in books and under or behind furniture. They are rarely left on open areas unless it is a serious infestation.
Strong smell around nests
It depends on the type of cockroach, but the smell is always there. When there is a high concentration of these animals you will notice a strange, pungent and musty odour coming from the place where they have nested. In particular this is one of the most telling sings of cockroach infestation.
The cause of this smell is the pheromones that are being secreted by the roaches. Furthermore, they tend to defecate on the places they eat, so it is easy to find them when the smell gets strong, sometimes, dead roaches can contribute to the smell, so make sure that whenever you see one of them you check if there are more nearby.
What to do if you find some of these signs?
First, you need to call a pest control service, so they can assess the risk you have. Every infestation is different, so you need to be certain of what is happening in your house or business. They use and have the best methods for you to be relieved of the hazard that these animals bring to your home since they carry many diseases that can harm your family or even your pets.
If you do not want to hire a professional, then you need to follow different DIY methods that can help you control the population, but they will not eliminate or remove the danger from home. They are not that effective so the best-case scenario would be calling a professional, they are at your service.