American Cockroaches

What Do Cockroach Droppings Look Like?

The various species of Mid-Atlantic cockroaches, including American, Oriental, and German varieties, infest both homes and businesses across the region.

One of the most common identifiers of a cockroach infestation is the presence of their feces.

American Cockroach Droppings

While small, American cockroach droppings have ridges on the sides and are easily mistaken for mouse droppings.

image of an american cockroach
American Cockroach

Differentiating Between Mouse Droppings
The main difference is the fecal matter of the American cockroach has blunted ends, while mouse droppings have pointed ends.

Small Black Dots
The feces of smaller cockroach species may look like ground coffee or black pepper.

Can Be Found in Any Room
Cockroaches continuously defecate while feeding, which leads to accumulations of fecal matter in areas of the home where the insects congregate.

This may include:

  • Kitchen counters
  • Walls
  • Along floorboards
  • In bathrooms

Allergens & Pathogens
Their fecal matter can come into contact with food and become accidentally ingested, which is problematic as cockroaches are known carriers of various human pathogens, including Salmonella and E. coli.

Cockroach droppings can also enter the air and become inhaled, which can lead to allergic reactions or even asthma attacks.

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