How to Know if You Have a Cockroach Problem

How to Know if You Have a Cockroach Problem

One of the biggest household menaces that are mostly found in Canadian homes has to be the cockroaches. They can be detrimental to one’s reputation. Having cockroaches is associated with being filthy and unclean. However, cockroach infestations are based on multiple factors at the same time. The biggest drivers for cockroaches to invade a home are food, shelter, warmth, and moisture. If all of these 4 things are present in one space, cockroaches will inevitably start marching inside your home. There are several species that are counted as invasive such as the American cockroach, Oriental cockroach, German cockroach just to name a few. To find out whether you have cockroaches, there are a few signs to look out for so you can get help on time.

If you think that you have a cockroach problem, contact the seasoned Cockroach control technicians from The Exterminators Inc. 

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Cockroach feces are an important indicator that there is presence. You can commonly find them in the kitchen under appliances such as the fridge

 Spotting Cockroach Feces

 Another sign of infestation you will often see is cockroach feces. Cockroaches consume everything from food to dead skin cells. Cockroaches have a high metabolism, which means they leave feces on nearly every surface of your home they walk on. You may find feces on your counters, in your kitchen drawers, or in your cabinets. The feces resemble spilled pepper or brown stains. If you spot feces in your home, you likely have a cockroach infestation.

 Smelling Cockroaches

 You might not believe it but a severe infestation can be detected by smell. The smell is described as being musty and is quite pungent. It usually 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 and would need a professional to look after your problem.

 Seeing Adult Cockroaches

 It is often mentioned when you spot one cockroach out in the open, others potentially dozens can be 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 The Exterminators Inc. 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.