Cockroach Infestation

How to Detect a Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are one of the most invasive bugs that are extremely hard to get rid of. Since cockroaches multiply quickly, it’s important to identify and take care of the problem as soon as possible. So, here are a few signs that indicate a cockroach infestation.

1.) Odor

Despite common belief, cockroaches do emit an odor. You can smell cockroaches especially when they’re in a large group. It’s important to note that you will most likely only be able to detect their odor if you have a large cockroach infestation. Cockroaches typically smell musky and oily.

2.) Feces

Cockroach feces typically look like black pepper or ground coffee. Of course, if a cockroach is larger than an average size, it will leave bigger feces. It’s important to note that feces occur typically in groups and in patterns. Identifying the popular locations of cockroach feces will ultimately help you target and get rid of your cockroach infestation.

3.) Egg Casements

Cockroach encasements typically hold 10 to 20 eggs. When you have a cockroach infestation, it’s possible that you will find a combination of unhatched egg casements and old egg casements. Like many other signs on this list, the more egg casements you identify, the larger your cockroach problem is.

4.) Seeing a Cockroach

One of the most obvious signs of a cockroach problem is if you see a live cockroach. It’s important to note that seeing one cockroach is most likely not an indication of a serious problem, but you should be cautious and take steps to rule out any serious problems. If you really want to see if you have a cockroach issue, be cautious and aware at nighttime because they are typically nocturnal.

5.) Dead Cockroaches

There are two ways you can find a dead cockroach: either you set up cockroach traps or you start seeing dead cockroaches randomly throughout your home. Dead cockroaches are typically an indication you have a large cockroach problem. If you want to see if you have a cockroach problem large enough that dead ones are appearing, look in common hiding areas, such as under sinks, in cabinets, and around your fridge.