Cockroaches are one of the most undesirable pests to find in your home. They are not only off-putting but also disease-spreading and house-damaging causing major issues for your health and home. It is easy to let a cockroach infestation turn into a full-blown infestation in little time. In addition, they are primarily nocturnal creatures and operate discreetly. Cockroaches advantage of hidden nooks and crannies in the home to set up their nests and build their numbers.
Finding a live or dead cockroach is obviously a fair indicator of an infestation. But there are usually more noticeable clues to alert you of their presence. It is essential to know the signs of a cockroach infestation in your home. This way, you can quickly take action and avoid the need for a professional exterminator.
Like many pests, cockroaches are incredibly efficient at eating and reproducing. In fact, they eat anything digestible, including all types of human and pet food, garbage and leftover food scraps. It is common to find their droppings on kitchen surfaces, near or under appliances and wherever you store food. You may also find dark smear marks on surfaces and walls they travel across, particularly in the humid areas.
Shed Skin and Egg Capsules
Cockroaches reproduce quickly and in large numbers. Egg capsules can contain up to 50 eggs, and the casings roaches leave behind are easy to spot. Egg casings can often be found in bookshelves, under and behind furniture or in any dark, hidden areas. Likewise, you may find old skin that cockroaches shed as they mature through adulthood.
Infestations can sometimes carry a strong and persisting musty odor. Pheromones used to attract other cockroaches, feces and dead roaches combine to create this unpleasant aroma. However, there needs to be a large population and a well-established infestation to exist for the scent to become noticeable.
Contact the Cockroach Infestation Professional
A cockroach infestation is easily one of the most unsettling discoveries for homeowners. Being able to quickly identify and effectively eliminate cockroach colonies saves money and keeps you worry-free. Since 1979, our team has been dedicated to educating Asheville residents in practical prevention and providing high-quality, cost-effective service. Contact Gibson Pest Control today to learn more about how we can help you solve your pest control problems.