Nothing is worse than walking into your kitchen in the middle of the night, turning on the light, and seeing baby cockroaches run for cover. However there are many bugs that look like cockroaches. Unless, of course, you know a baby cockroach. An adult cockroach is terrible enough, but their offspring indicates that you may have a slightly large infestation on your hands. Unfortunately, an infestation of any size can prove to be troublesome of course, there are other signs of infestation to look for, too.
Seeing Baby Cockroaches and What it Means
If you see juvenile cockroaches anywhere in your home, it is a sign that the cockroaches are breeding. Cockroaches make egg sacks, known as ootheca, which often looks like a tiny capsule. Despite their small size, ootheca can carry up to 50 eggs at a time. It only takes roughly 100 days for a baby cockroach to reach adulthood, which means the number of breeding cockroaches multiples very quickly. As such, the cockroach population continues to grow. You can see different baby cockroach pictures to understand what type of cockroach you are dealing with but please remember to call cockroach control Toronto if you see any cockroaches in your home.
Spotting Cockroach Feces
Another sign of infestation you will often see is cockroach feces. Cockroaches consume everything from food to dead skin cells. However, they also have a high metabolic rate, which means they leave feces on nearly every surface of your home. You may find feces on your counters, in your kitchen drawers, or cockroaches in your cabinets which are preventable if you follow steps to tidy, remove crumbs, and clean. The feces often looks like spilled pepper or brown stains. If you spot feces in your home, it is likely that you have a cockroach infestation.
Believe it or not, you can often smell a cockroach infestation. The smell is described as being musty and is quite pungent. Typically it takes a large infestation to produce a smell strong enough for your nose to detect. If you detect a dank, musty odor in your home combined with the other signs of infestation mentioned, you should call an exterminator. Such a large infestation is not something simply handled by store-bought baits and sprays.
Seeing Adult Cockroaches
It is often said that for every cockroach you see out in the open, there are dozens of others in hiding. Watch for signs of live, adult cockroaches. They are nocturnal, so they are most active at night. You are more likely to catch sight of them after turning on the light in a room, namely the kitchen. However, you can also spot them crawling around under trim and molding, or even crawling in and out of electrical outlets, and seeing live cockroaches is often discomforting.
Do not hesitate to contact a professional at the first sign of a cockroach infestation. Even if you only see one cockroach, it is best to have a professional assist you. Whether you notice one or all of the signs of infestation above, you want to get ahead of the cockroach population before it spreads. If you do not tackle the issue immediately, they will continue to reproduce, leading to a large, out-of-control, problem that is even harder to handle. Free free to reach the Exterminators at 647-496-2211 to get your cockroach problem solved quickly or check out our online store for pest control products if you prefer DIY methods.