If you live in the Portland area, you know that cockroaches are common pests. These creatures reproduce quickly, so an infestation can quickly get out of control. In order to avoid major damage or health concerns, let us help you identify the top five signs of a cockroach infestation.
Cockroaches are commonly active at night. They usually scamper around your home in the dark and search for food. If you see them wandering during daylight hours, it may mean they have run out of hiding spaces or are competing for sources of food, which could indicate a major roach problem.
German cockroaches emit a marking pheromone to communicate with other roaches that smells terrible. If you notice a foul aroma in your house, there is a high likelihood that an infestation has taken over.
When cockroaches are living in your home, you will begin to notice their droppings near their hiding places. Drawers, crevices of cupboards, corners, and edges of counters, and areas behind appliances are all likely to accumulate cockroach feces. You may see small droppings resembling coffee grounds or flakes of pepper. The corners of your home’s walls may have stains as well.
When your home has a roach infestation, you may find several other indications. Dead roaches, shed skins from growing nymphs, and even oothecae can be seen. Ootheca (o-o-the-ca) are the brown-tinted casings able to house up to 50 eggs. These casings are carried by the mother roach until the eggs are ready to hatch. These casings can be found in tight crevices, protected areas, or still attached to a female roach. Also, you may notice old skins as well. Depending on the time of year, you will be left to clean up their shed skin.
Roaches in the Bathroom or Kitchen
Roaches love moist areas, which means that they may hang out around your bathroom or kitchen sinks. Plumbing voids, water lines, and electrical wiring all serve as readily accessible pathways to help them spread throughout a home. These insects have been known to survive on soap, toothpaste, dead insects, and even leather.
If you suspect an infestation, it is essential to call a professional pest control company. Active ingredients in over-the-counter and home remedies may cause activity to increase or spread from the original point of infestation.