You’ve probably heard the old saying “where there is one cockroach, there are many”. Seeing a living cockroach in your home or business is almost always a surefire way to determine whether this nuisance pest has friends nearby. Unfortunately, this often will mean that cockroaches could be crawling in the many cracks and crevices around your home or business.
Detecting Cockroach Infestations
Cockroaches are known to multiply incredibly fast, making quick eradication of this pest an absolute necessity. Even if you aren’t in the throes of a cockroach infestation, early detection could save your home or business from the wrath of these notoriously hardy pests. Here are some of the signs your property may be experiencing a cockroach infestation.
- Cockroach Droppings – Cockroaches are notorious for eating a wide variety of items from plant matter to garbage and everything in between. This inherently means that they will leave droppings around your home or business due to the high metabolism of these pests. In an extreme cockroach infestation, depending on the type of cockroach, droppings may appear like small black pepper specks, coffee grounds or oval shaped pellets.
- Cockroach Egg Casings – You may know that cockroaches are well known for their aggressive breeding behaviors. This can, unfortunately, mean that a small group of cockroaches can quickly become much larger. When this happens, the cockroach will inevitably leave behind an ootheca, or egg cases, that are sheltered in places they won’t be disturbed by humans. The presence of egg cases inevitably signals a cockroach infestation is present or nearly since each egg case produces 10 to 50 eggs each, depending on the cockroach species.
- Cockroach Scent – During a cockroach infestation, you will likely notice a musty odor that continues to get worse without the removal of these pests. The pungent smell associated with cockroaches can often signal the presence of many, but a single German cockroach can also produce this oily smell. Dead cockroaches may also produce a lasting smell due to the production of oleic acid during decomposition.
Pied Piper Services for Cockroach Control
The best way to ensure that you don’t end up with an infestation of cockroaches is to have your home treated by a pest control company on a regular basis. You should also clean up any food that is left after a meal. You need to clean dishes, counters and floors to make sure that even the crumbs are picked up.