How to know if you have cockroaches

How to know if you have cockroaches

Following cockroach tracks like a professional pest exterminator

Look out for any of these signs:

  • Droppings: They look like pepper or coffee grains. Cockroaches also leave dark smears along walls, doors and floors.
  • Shed skins: During molting, a cockroach will first separate its exoskeleton from its body and then emerge from it. The exoskeleton will then be left behind, appearing as a shell or cast skin. Sheds of cockroaches look like brown, empty shells of the live cockroach.
  • Smell: Cockroaches do not have a distinct smell, but they can emit an unpleasant odor when they are present in large numbers or when they are disturbed. The odor is often described as musty or oily and can be quite strong. Some people have also reported a sickly-sweet smell associated with cockroaches.
  • Egg casings: They are small, brown, and oval-shaped. They can be found near their hiding places and are a sign that there are breeding adults nearby.
  • Jaw marks: Cockroaches have jaws. They can leave marks on the organic material they feed on like food leftovers, soap, books, wood, or really anything of organic origin.

On a night-time hunt

Get a torch!

For a successful night-time inspection, grab a flashlight! Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures that prefer hiding during the day, making nighttime the best time to spot them. They typically move along walls and furniture, avoiding open spaces.

Focus your inspection near food and water sources like cupboards, pet food dishes, sinks, or garbage areas, as cockroaches emerge from their shelters primarily to search for sustenance.

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