There’s a lot to love about living in Florida. However, the very conditions that make it so attractive to humans are also ideal for a wide array of pests. In particular, cockroaches frequently find their way into local homes, causing full-fledged infestations. It pays to take action at the first sign of trouble, but do you know how to tell if your home has been invaded by these wily pests? Read on to learn about four telltale signs that cockroaches have taken up residence in your home, so that you can call our roach control professionals before it's too late.
Four Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
If cockroaches have infiltrated your home, you may start to notice one or more of the following signs:
- Sightings – This one may seem obvious, but it deserves a mention. If you see one cockroach in your home, odds are that there are more where that came from. These insects are nocturnal, so you are more likely to see them scurrying around after dark. However, when desperate enough, they will emerge during daylight hours too.
- Droppings – Cockroaches consume a variety of substances and materials to survive. Like any other creature, they must evacuate their waste—and their droppings are often the first sign of a problem. Around seven species of roaches live in Florida, and some are larger than others. Smaller roaches may leave droppings that look like black pepper, coffee grounds or simply brown stains; larger cockroaches’ droppings may be round or cylindrical, and they will be more readily visible to the naked eye.
- Eggs – It doesn’t take long for a cockroach infestation to spiral out of control because these insects reproduce at an alarming rate. Another sign of an infestation is finding roach eggs around the home. Note that these oothecae, as they are known, are actually egg casings that contain anywhere from 10 to 50 eggs. These oblong cases are typically found in hidden, out-of-the-way places, and they are glued into place.
- Odors – Finally, your home may develop a strange odor when cockroaches are underfoot. Often described as a pungent, oily or musty scent, it is partly attributable to the pheromones that the insects use to get around in the world. Dead roaches also emit an odor that most people find to be decidedly unpleasant. The good news is that as soon as the pests are eliminated, the bad odor subsides.
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Knowing what you do now, you may believe that your home has been infested by cockroaches. If so, it is crucial to act quickly. Attempting to rein in the problem yourself won’t get you very far. A better option is to bring in professional help. To that end, you can’t go wrong with Impact Pest Elimination. Contact us today to request a free quote.
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