Spotting Early Warning Signs Of Cockroaches In Your Wilmington Home

July 19, 2021

Are you aware that cockroaches can present a significant threat to your health? Do you know that roaches can cause you to have ongoing illness that could be blamed on other things, such as the common cold, flu, or seasonal allergies? One of the first signs of a cockroach infestation in your Wilmington home is likely to be illness. If you're noticing that you're getting sick each year, or several times a year, take a moment to look for the other warning signs listed below. Don't wait till you start seeing cockroaches crawling around on your floors or clinging to your walls because you'll give those roaches a long time to keep making you sick. Roaches don't prefer to be seen. If you see one roach, experts say that it is likely that your home has thousands of roaches in it. That's a ghastly thought! Unfortunately, it is the nature of this problem. Here are some early warning signs to look for.

cockroaches eating food

1. Excrement

Cockroaches have black excrement. You might find this excrement sprinkled around in dark, moist locations within your home, or you might find smears on baseboards, walls, and other surfaces. Cockroaches can leave a considerable amount of excrement as they explore. Most will be found in hidden spaces. 

2. Skins

As a cockroach grows, it shed its skin several times. The skins left by cockroaches are one reason why roaches are a health threat. They contain proteins that aggravate allergies. If you search your basement, boiler room, attic spaces, under and around appliances, in the backs of kitchen drawers, on pantry shelves, and in other areas, you may be able to find these skins.

3. Egg Casings

The egg casing of a cockroach is called an ootheca. You might find oothecae in hidden areas, dark voids, and humid spaces during your search. These cases aren't very big. The American cockroach, which is the largest of pest roaches in our Wilmington service area, has an ootheca that is about 8mm long. Do a quick image search on the internet to see what these egg cases look like, but keep in mind that they are very small.  

4. Unpleasant Odor

If you have a large infestation of cockroaches in a hidden space that you are unable to examine, you might smell the roaches. They have an oily, gross smell to them. That scent is an excreted chemical called a pheromone. The more roaches you have in your home, the more likely you are to smell their pheromone scent.

5. Damage

Cockroaches gravitate to humid or damp spaces. If they find paper products in these spaces, they nibble on them. This might be wallpaper. It might be a stack of cardboard or paper. It might be cardboard boxes. If you find cardboard or paper materials that look like they are wearing away, it could be evidence of cockroach activity.

What To Do When You Detect Roaches

In light of the health threat cockroaches present, we strongly recommend professional cockroach control. Don't take chances with your health. Roaches are difficult to exterminate and attempting to exterminate them with chemicals can create even more of a threat.

If you live in Wilmington, remember that our service team is always standing by to assist you with pest issues. We use field-test strategies and appropriate control products to arrest cockroach infestations. Reach out to us today and tell us about your roach problem. You can do this by jumping down to our contact us form. We look forward to helping you get those roaches out and keeping them out. 

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