Signs of Cockroach Infestations

Although the behavior of each cockroach species is different, there are several universal signs of infestation.

The pest is nocturnal by nature and usually forages for food at night. Spotting a cockroach during the day therefore indicates an infestation of some magnitude.

Hiding Spots
Due to their flattened bodies, cockroaches are able to hide in tiny spaces. Because the insects usually prefer dark and warm environments, homeowners and residents should keep an eye on these areas:

  • Behind and inside major appliances
  • Floor drains
  • Behind wallpaper
  • Within walls

Cockroach Droppings
Cockroach feces are the most common indicator of cockroach infestations.

  • Small black dots: The excrement of small cockroaches looks like coffee grounds or black pepper.
  • Cylindrical droppings: Larger roaches produce cylindrical droppings.

Individuals should be able to discern the extent of the infestation by the amount of excrement found around the home.

Application of Insecticides
For individuals with serious infestations, the use of insecticides may prove necessary.

Though homeowners may apply select insecticides without the help of a pest management specialist, some insecticides require possession of the proper certificates and licenses.

Call the Experts
If the cockroach infestation calls for the use of insecticides, calling a pest control specialist remains the safest course of action.

Furthermore, specialists can help homeowners put together a management plan to prevent future infestations.

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