Cockroaches are a dangerous pest to provide shelter to because of the diseases that they can spread and the damage they can dish out. Most of the time you won’t know that they’re hiding inside until you have a full-blown infestation. If you haven’t seen any cockroaches, but suspect that they’re near, learn how to tell if there’s an infestation.
- Eggs – When cockroaches lay their eggs, they will be grouped together inside of a shell called an ootheca. This egg shell will either be carried by the female or it will be put in hard to reach areas, like behind bookshelves and cabinets. The eggs themselves will have a reddish-brown color while the ootheca will appear to have a leather-like look.
- Skin – At first, you might not see newborn cockroaches roaming around your home or business. Unfortunately, you’ll know when these newborns are starting to get bigger. Sometimes you will find clusters of shed skin due to the cockroaches molting. The old skin has a white color and will appear alongside the wall and in corners of each room
- Feces – Cockroaches don’t stop off to go to the bathroom — they go as they go! Each different sized cockroach will have feces of different shapes and sizes. Smaller cockroaches will leave behind fecal matter that looks like sand grains. Larger cockroaches will leave behind waste that is similar to mouse droppings. Telling the difference is simple; mice droppings taper off while cockroach droppings have a large blunt end.
Keep an eye out around your home or business to make sure that it’s not infested with cockroaches. If you notice any of these warning signs, or if you’ve seen a creepy crawler firsthand, immediately contact the pros at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule, an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.