Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
Serving Louisiana & Mississippi
Knowledge is a powerful weapon when it comes to preventing cockroach infestations in your home. If you don’t know where cockroaches like to live or what they eat, you can put as many roach motels and traps out as you like, but you’ll never get rid of the problem. If you think that killing the one roach you saw killed the problem, you’re sorely mistaken. Learning the signs of a cockroaches in your home is crucial to controlling them in a timely manner.
Where Do Cockroaches Live?
Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal insects, which is why they scatter and scuttle toward dark corners when you turn on a light. They prefer dark, moist environments for their homes, especially ones that provide easy nourishment and accessible, warm hiding places. They eat food, garbage, wallpaper paste, paper, bookbinding materials, and other organic materials. So, if you have a stack of newspapers in the garage that’s been exposed to moisture, you’ve created the perfect roach hideout.
Roaches particularly prefer moist environments, so if you have sweating pipes or places in your basement with standing water, you need to clean them up and dry them out. These insects also gravitate toward small nooks and crannies. They’ll hide under the sink, in the walls, and within cracks in the floor, too.
4 Signs of Cockroaches in Your Property
- Foul odor: Several roach species are known to emit a musty, unpleasant odor that lingers and gets worse as an infestation worsens.
- Daytime activity: It may go without saying, but catching sight of a cockroach during the day means you likely have an infestation.
- Droppings: Resembling anything from tiny pepper specks to miniature pellets, a large amount of feces is a clear indicator of a cockroach problem.
- Egg cases and skins: Oothecae are brown casings that house up to 50 eggs and can be found before or after the eggs hatch in serious infestations.
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I Killed a Cockroach in my Kitchen – Do I Have an Infestation?
Yes. Unfortunately, if you saw one, there are at least a hundred (and probably more) nearby. Now, you may have just killed the first roach to get into your home, but that’s not likely, and even if you did there are more on their way. To get rid of your cockroach problem, you’re going to need to do some serious cleaning. You can try to kill the roaches you have with boric acid and traps, but you really need to make the environment less attractive to them. No matter what, dealing with cockroaches is something that almost always requires a professional’s assistance. Call the experts at Fischer Environmental today for reliable cockroach control.
Signs of a Cockroach Infestation In Louisiana & Mississippi
Serving all of SE Louisiana and Mississippi