The thought of any sort of bugs invading your home is enough to send a shiver down your spine, so the sight of a cockroach is something that would be alarming to many of us.
When rodents or insects decide to take up residence in your home it is often time to call a residential pest control professional to deal with the problem. With regard to cockroaches, in particular, here’s what you need to know.
Is spotting just one cockroach such a big deal?
The sight of a single cockroach in your home might be something you could be tempted to dismiss as a bit of a one-off and nothing to be too alarmed about.
Unfortunately, it can often be the case that just because you have only spotted one cockroach that doesn’t mean there aren’t more of them hiding out of sight.
The sight of a single roach can often be an indication of a greater presence and that many more of them could be hiding within your property. Even seeing one single cockroach should act as a warning sign that you should act and consider calling in an exterminator to check the extent of the infestation problem you might have.
It is also quite commonplace to find evidence of their presence before you have an actual sighting of the bugs themselves.
Have you noticed a musty odor?
There are other signs to suggest a potential cockroach infestation beyond a physical sighting of the bug. A classic telltale sign is when your home starts to smell musty in places and you can’t seem to pinpoint the problem or eliminate the odor.
Areas that are naturally damp, such as your bathroom and kitchen, are favorite hiding places for cockroaches. The musty odor might be cockroach pheromones. These smells are the way they communicate with each other. If you start noticing this distinctive musty odor it could be a sign that cockroaches are present, in numbers.
Other signs to look out for
You may well find a cockroach near food and water. Along with the wetter or damper conditions that you can get in bathrooms and kitchens cockroaches are also attracted to a food and water source.
As soon as you find one single cockroach in this setting it is wise to call an exterminator. The reason for doing this is that you can’t be sure they have not already laid eggs in order to provide the next generation of cockroaches living in your home.
Their droppings look a bit like coffee grounds. If you find these droppings and know they are not coffee, it is also time to act and call in a professional.
The bottom line is that if you find any of these clues, visual or otherwise, that cockroaches might be in your home, you should not delay. It is time to eradicate the problem before it gets any worse. Call in an exterminator so that they can remove them and break the cycle. It will only get worse if you delay or try to ignore the problem.