Finding one cockroach in your home can be a frightful sight, and it is something that you need to take seriously. Just because you’ve only spotted one doesn’t mean there aren’t more nearby. As they are most active overnight, it can be almost impossible to see these pests and to know how many you have in your home.
So, unfortunately, a single cockroach could (and likely does) mean you have an infestation. What steps should you take if you do, in fact, find a cockroach in your home? We’ll offer up some answers today.
Finding Their Hiding Places
Cockroaches prefer to stay hidden and out of the sun. Whatever dark, damp space they’re able to locate—including difficult-to-reach places—is where they will hide. This is why, when you have an infestation, you will likely find them under your bathroom or kitchen sink.
A good rule of thumb is to first check the basement, as this is a dark, cool and damp area for them to stay out of sight. Trash cans also attract these pests, or anywhere that trash and debris can be found. Be sure to check under your fridge or stove. Don’t forget to look in cabinets and other areas where food is stored.
Keep Watch for Signs of an Infestation
Beyond simply catching sight of a cockroach, it’s important to know additional signs of an infestation. Look for droppings that will look like groupings of little black specks. Cockroach waste is so small, it could easily be mistaken for spilled coffee grounds.
You may also discover cockroach body parts, as they shed their exoskeletons when they mature. Cockroach eggs can also be left behind. Their eggs are reddish-brown in color and are less than a quarter of an inch long. These can be difficult to find, however, as the mother tends to hide them from sight. Worse yet, you might detect an odor indicative of an infestation. If you detect a sharp oily scent, this is a telltale sign of a cockroach infestation.
Getting Rid of Them
There are several forms of treatments—setting traps, setting baits, using insecticides or spraying perimeter treatments, to name a few. While you can do most of these treatments on your own, it is best to have a pest control company come to assess the severity of your infestation and determine what treatment will be most effective.
If you find a cockroach under your sink or scuttling across your basement floor, don’t panic. Leave it to our team of highly skilled technicians to diagnose the problem and make quick work of your pest problem. Contact Pest Bear Termite & Pest Protection today!