One of the world's most common household pests is the cockroach. In the United States, American cockroaches and Geman cockroaches are the two most commonly found species. Although they are typically discovered living outdoors, occasionally, they make their way indoors.

Cockroaches are voracious eaters and often come inside in search of a food source. To prevent cockroaches from infestation, make sure there aren't any leaky faucets around the area of your house.

A German cockroach has two dark stripes running parallel along its sides and is light brown. Measuring in at less than one inch in length, although they don't fly often, they do have wings.

American Cockroach Reddish brown Adults can be over two inches in length; flat, oval shape

These species are in search of warm and humid climates. For this reason, your home is often the ideal place to find what they are looking for--food and humidity!

Where Do Cockroaches Hide?

Where do cockroaches hide

The scent of water or a food source is what draws this pest inside. Thus, noticing an unusual oily, moist, musty smell could indicate a roach infestation.

When it comes to a food source, cockroaches are not choosy. They eat nearly anything available, including trash, wallpaper paste, the materials from bookbindings, as well as any organic items they find.

Because they are nocturnal insects, they prefer dark areas to live and eat, making it difficult to recognize the signs of a roach infestation.

Dark, secluded areas during the day where cockroaches hide. They also prefer humid places and small gaps beneath appliances, stoves, refrigerators, cabinets, and cupboards. Many roaches are capable of making themselves flat enough to fit inside walls, floorboards, and crevices.

What to Do When You Spot the Signs of a Cockroach Infestation

To avoid a severe roach infestation, it is imperative to monitor for prevention. Fortunately, there are ways you can take at home to limit activity and prevent future infestations. Cockroach droppings or feces will be visible during an infestation.

If you have a serious infestation, there might be a musty odor or strong oily scent present. In addition, you might notice bodies of dead cockroaches throughout your home.

Signs Your House May be Infested with Roaches

An apparent clue to having a cockroach problem is that makes your skin crawl--seeing one! Because they are nocturnal insects, nighttime is the best time to catch them in action. Flicking on a light switch when you go into a room might reveal them as they scatter about. Additionally, you might notice dead cockroaches in their hiding spots.

What is Attractive to Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are attracted to moist places. Leaky pipes or drains, humid areas of the basement, and the kitchen sink are prime spots.

Cockroaches tend to prefer areas that are moist and dark to breed. Check behind appliances and refrigerators as these are common roach infestation hiding areas.

What do Cockroach Eggs Look Like?

What do Cockroach Eggs Look Like

Since cockroach egg cases generally contain dozens of eggs, they multiply quickly and can cause large infestations.

Cockroach eggs are small, brown or black, and oval-shaped. The egg cases of cockroaches may contain up to 40 eggs. Roaches lay their eggs inside egg capsules containing as many as 30 tiny roach nymphs!

How to Get Rid of an Infestation

The best method for keeping roaches out of your home is to keep it as clean as possible. Because they like damp places and damp areas, you might discover them hiding under rubber mats and behind the wallpaper. Don't leave food out on the sink or inside the kitchen sink.

Are cockroaches carriers of diseases?

There is not much proof that links roaches to specific outbreaks of disease. However, they do carry bacteria, and if allowed to contact food, they can cause streptococcus, salmonella, and staphylococcus.

Cockroaches pick up germs and diseases on the spiny sections of their legs. These bugs also spread cholera, gastroenteritis, leprosy, dysentery, giardia, and listeria. Cockroaches are also known for spreading Typhoid fever and E-coli.

In addition, the droppings of these pests are known to trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms and attacks.

How fast do cockroach infestations spread?

You should call A.N.T. Pest Control at the first sign of cockroaches because of how quickly they spread. These insects live in unsanitary areas and are known to carry on their body many unhealthy organisms.

What does a cockroach bite look like?

The bite of a cockroach is about 1 to 4 millimeters wide. Because of the size of the insect's mouthparts, a bite might look red with raised bumps. Similar to a mosquito or bed bug bite, only a bit larger.

What do Cockroach droppings Look Like?

Cockroach droppings or feces are easily identified. Appearing much like black pepper or coffee grounds. The larger roaches leave droppings that are dark cylinder-shaped having ridges along the sides and blunt endings.

What cockroach signs might food workers notice?

Signs of a cockroach infestation

Look for the four primary signs that are clear indicators of a cockroach infestation in your home, office, or restaurant: droppings, egg cases, molted skins, or you will smell an unpleasant odor.

In areas where there is a lot of moisture, roaches will leave brown, irregularly shaped smear marks on horizontal surfaces and wall-floor junctions. Another sign of a cockroach infestation is the molted skin cockroaches leave behind. They leave this behind as they go through various life stages through adulthood.

Tips for the Prevention of German Cockroaches

To identify areas of serious cockroach traffic you can use some sticky traps. To prevent roaches, make sure to get rid of all food sources. Including human and pet foods, clearing away leftovers, and dirty dishes.

Store food supplies in airtight containers to keep them from chewing a hole in food packaging. At night, put pet food away, ensuring it is also stored in an airtight container.

DIY Ways to Eliminate a Cockroach Infestation

Diatomaceous Earth is one of the best natural DIY methods for eliminating cockroach infestations and other insects. The fossilized bodies of sea organisms contained in the DE cut the bug's body as it crawls over it. Resulting in dehydration of the bugs.

Baking soda is one of the most effective ways to kill cockroaches and other pests. If enticed to ingest it, gasses build up in the cockroach's body causing it to die. Using Boric acid is another DIY method for killing a roach infestation.

Be wary of home remedies to get rid of roaches

When you have tried all the DIY remedies, and you are still seeing signs of a cockroach infestation, you need a pest control expert. A lack of knowledge and expertise is one of the biggest reasons DIY methods fail.

Call a Licensed Professional When Home Remedy Methods Don't Work

Get rid of cockroach infestation

If you see any of the signs of a cockroach infestation: eggs, droppings, or shed skins, it's time to call a pest control professional. A.N.T. Pest Control knows how to handle roach infestations as well as other pest problems.

We know how to get rid of American, German, and other roaches. Cockroaches quickly multiply, and can become a large infestation before you know it. These pests are potentially dangerous. Call us at the first signs of a cockroach infestation.

Call A.N.T. Pest Control at 815-215-7211 to schedule an appointment today!

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