No one wants cockroaches in their home. Quite apart from the stigma that they carry, they’re kinda nasty little beasties to have around. They smell bad and defecate pretty much everywhere. They can cause allergies and asthma. And they can carry a number of intestinal diseases, including diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid fever and cholera. And while many of these health conditions are pretty rare in the US, they’re not unheard of. You only need to cast you mind back ten years to the last cholera outbreak. So, you don’t want to be encouraging cockroaches into your home.

The difficulty is that roaches are fairly shy creatures. And they generally only come out at night. So, how do you know if you’ve got cockroaches in your home before it becomes a major problem?

Five Signs That Indicate That You Have a Cockroach Problem

1. Finding cockroaches – dead or alive

Obvious, right? If you see a cockroach in your home, you can probably assume that you have cockroaches. But a lot of people prefer to go down the path of wishful thinking. They assume if they can only see one roach, that’s all there is to see. Catch it. Dispose of it. Job done. But cockroaches are very good at hiding. If there’s one, there almost certainly will be more. Take action quickly to avoid future nasty surprises.

2. A smell of decay

Cockroaches stink. They use scents to communicate. Their excrement whiffs. And when they die the fatty acids in their bodies small far more putrid than any small insect has the right to do during decomposition. The smell lingers and grows. And it will not shift until the roaches have been removed, and the area thoroughly cleaned.

3. Droppings

If a cockroach is eating, it will poop. The droppings are very small, but perfectly visible to the naked eye. They resemble ground black pepper. The more you find, the more urgently you should combat the problem.

4. Smear marks

If cockroaches have access to plenty of water, rather than producing dry droppings, they will produce wet poop. As they scuttle about their business, their other business will be smeared around behind them. These irregular brown marks can be found on any flat surface.

5. Shed skin

Cockroaches shed their skin an average of five to eight times between hatching and maturity. You’ll most often find these around their main area of shelter. But they can easily be moved around, especially if you have pets to pick them up on their fur. So, don’t assume that you’ve found roach central just because you’ve discovered some skins.

Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in Charlotte. In fact, they’re one of the most common pests everywhere that humans live. Because, in our homes, we provide them with the perfect conditions. And also, because they can survive on very little food.

Having cockroaches in your home shouldn’t actually be a cause of shame; it doesn’t mean that you’re dirty or that your standards are under par. It just means that you could do with resealing your doors, windows or pipework. And that you occasionally drop crumbs when cooking – but don’t we all?

What having cockroaches does mean, however, is that you need to do something about it. And quickly. These are not houseguests that you want to keep. So, finding a pest control agent who can quickly, cleanly and safely free your home of roaches is really important. Don’t leave it to chance and regret it.

If you think that you may have a cockroach problem in your home, contact Noosa Pest Management today.