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Because cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, you’ll probably see signs of cockroaches before actually seeing one scurrying across your floor. Educating yourself on how to spot the them can protect your home and family from severe cockroach infestations in the future.
The sooner you spot these signs of cockroaches, the faster a professional pest control company will be able to provide you with cockroach control solutions so you can live pest-free.
Look out for the following indications of a cockroach infestation:
Dead cockroaches are a sure sign that you have a cockroach infestation. You may find them laying on their back the next morning. Roaches hide under sinks, refrigerators, stoves and in cabinets so you may even find them there.
Cockroach eggs are produced in egg casings call oothecae, which hold multiple eggs. Oothecae are light to dark brown in color and can hold anywhere from 10 to 50 eggs, depending on the species.
Cockroach droppings look like coffee grounds and the size of cockroaches in your home will determine the size of these droppings. The more cockroach droppings you find, the higher number of cockroaches you have on your property.
If you see cockroaches during the day, it means you have a serious cockroach infestation issue and it’s imperative you address it. This means the cockroach nest has grown large enough to push roaches out of it, giving them little option to hide.
Believe it or not, cockroaches give off a particular odor. Pest specialists describe it as a musty, strong odor that intensifies as the infestation grows larger. This odor even arises from dead roaches and the smell can linger in the air after cockroaches are removed.
German cockroaches and oriental cockroaches are a couple of the most common cockroaches homeowners have issues with.
The German cockroach is smaller than American roaches which makes the German roach easier to identify. Because of their small size, German roaches can hide in nooks and crannies, making them tougher to find. German roaches are typically found in warm and moist environments like kitchens, bathrooms, under sinks, dishwashers and stoves.
Oriental cockroaches are known as water bugs or black beetles. Compared to German roaches, Oriental roaches need a sufficient water source in order to survive. Oriental roaches prefer moist places to hide but are often found in cool dark spaces. They can't climb smooth vertical surfaces so Oriental roaches are one of the least agile species.
Both roaches have wings but can't fly. As with any other cockroach species, if you find one, there are bound to be more roaches hiding in your home.
Cockroach infestations are no joke. Not only are cockroaches eerie to look at, but they are known for spreading illness and even exacerbating asthma-related issues.
Western Exterminator Specialists will treat the source of your cockroach infestation and prevent them from returning in the future.
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