Cockroaches are one of the oldest and most widespread invasive pests around the world. They prefer to hide in dark and moist places to eat, breed, and live. They can invade homes, restaurants, and other businesses. Identifying a cockroach infestation is essential to take immediate action to prevent them from spreading and multiplying and reducing the health risks associated with this unhygienic insect. Here are some of the most common signs of a cockroach infestation:
1. Droppings on the floor – Cockroaches leave dry droppings regularly in dark areas like cabinets and on surfaces where they have been spending their nights.
2. Egg cases or capsules – Different types of cockroaches have various ways of carrying their egg cases. If you come across brown or red oblong cases or multiple ones, it is a clear indication that you have an infestation.
3. Unusual odor in your home – Cockroaches have a very distinct odor, which is best described as musty and unfresh.
4. Chew marks or missing food – Cockroaches eat almost everything and will resort to eating items like wallpaper paste when they have no other options. However, they are usually attracted to homes where food is easily accessible. Chew marks and missing food from plastic and cardboard containers may be a sign of an infestation.
Cockroach infestations can cause health risks, as they can spread bacteria and diseases that can lead to food poisoning, illness, and other health problems. It is always advisable to seek professional advice and treatment. Contact Plank Termite and Pest Control for a range of techniques and programs to eliminate cockroaches from your home and keep your family safe.