Identifying a Roach Infestation
Can you say for certain you don’t have a roach infestation? Finding a cockroach likely won’t be your first sign, so you’re going to have to look a little harder to know your home is in the clear. Here are some ways you can identify a roach infestation:
Finding Cockroach Eggs
Female cockroaches produce egg cases call oothecae which contain many eggs. The color and size vary by species. If you find them, hurry! Eggs hatch within 24 to 38 days, and you know there are more around you haven’t found yet. Just one female German cockroach and her offspring can fill your home with more than 30,000 cockroaches in just a single year.
Once you know what it looks like, roach feces is easy to spot and a clear sign of a roach infestation. It looks like coffee grounds spread in random places in your home.
A Musty Smell
People describe the roach odor as musty and oily which only gets worse as the infestation grows. Some infestations get so bad, even food in the home starts to have a distinct taste.
Allergy Flair Ups
Unlike other pests that might make their way into your home, cockroaches are not merely a nuisance. Millions of people are actually allergic to cockroaches, and that allergy so strong you may not even need to be in contact with them to trigger an allergic reaction. So if your allergies seem to be acting up for no apparent reason, you might have a roach infestation.
Seeing a Cockroach
Of course, seeing a cockroach is a sure sign you have an infestation because where there’s one, you know there are more nearby. Cockroaches are big—about 1/2″ to 1″ and sometimes even bigger. The look varies by species, but they all have a distinct quick run.
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