You must be thinking, why do I need to spot these creepy crawlers when they are clearly visible. Well! Trust us. There is nothing worse if they catch you off-guard by either landing on you or lounging on that left-out bread crumbs.
As a fact, cockroaches are usually active during the dark. You won’t see them until they inhabit your place thoroughly. Hey! Worry not! You can spot some subtle signs during the daytime to see if you need to call an exterminator.
What are these signs? Keep scrolling and enable yourself to avoid these creepy critters entering your home again!
Look For Reddish-brown Smear Marks
As per the experts, cockroaches usually congregate in areas nearby water. It could be your bathroom or kitchen sink. But since they live in areas with higher humidity, they often produce dark matter, and while lurking around, they leave behind these reddish-brown smears.
You will find these marks on horizontal surfaces like tiles, counters, or kitchen/ bathroom surfaces.
Look For Droppings
If there was ever a game of hide and seek, cockroaches will surely win that game. But hey! They can’t even hide their feces. So, look for droppings similar to that of ground pepper or cylindrical in shape. Remember, even a sparse amount of droppings will be a sign of a large infestation. Here are a few places to look for the signs of a roach infestation, and if you find them, call an exterminator right away.
- In the corner of rooms and kitchen
- Inside your kitchen cabinets or under the kitchen sink
- Under your refrigerator, dishwasher, or other equipment.
Look For Egg Cases
If there is an infestation, you’ll find egg sac cases near the nooks and crannies of your kitchen or other rooms. Did you know that every egg case contains around 15-20 eggs? Ideally, the female cockroaches will lay these eggs in a warm area in your house. That’s why you should look for them in warm or humid areas.
However, the window is pretty small for about 24 hours to see eggs. Use a torchlight to spot these eggs. They will be around ¼ inches long. Check the baseboard, bathroom, or kitchen cabinets or cracks in the cabinets to locate these eggs.
Look For Chew Marks
Unlike what you think, cockroaches also love nibbling on almost everything. And if you have a large infestation, it might leave you with chew marks in your pantry, including food packages. If you spot some gnawing on things in your cabinets, you need to call a pest infestation service provider right away!
You don’t need any tools to spot roach infestation in your home. However, you need to be a little proactive to spot the signs in earlier stages. Otherwise, your kitchen or rooms might start producing musty or pungent odor.
Call an exterminator right away and get rid of the infestation right away! You can even ask for tips or tricks to avoid their arrival in your place in the first place.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.