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Do Cockroaches Smell?

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What Do Cockroaches Smell Like?

Most of the time, the first sign of any insect infestation is the sight of the bugs themselves. In some situations, however, pest infestations are difficult to see, making the first sign of a pest problem the strange smell in your home. Not all pests and pest infestations create an odorous smell, but there are some infestations that give off a very noticeable stink. Cockroaches are one of these kinds of pests. 

What Makes Roaches Smell?

While many cockroach species are beneficial to their surrounding environment, the few pest species that invade homes in North America are considered pretty disgusting. Aside from the fact that they crawl through sewers and carry pathogens and bacteria into your home, they also emit a pretty gross smell which many people describe as “oily.” This pungent scent is also sometimes referred to as “musty.” 

While the scent of just one roach can be detected by some, the presence of this smell is often a good indicator that you may have an entrenched cockroach infestation in your home. 

There are other smells associated with cockroaches as well. Dead roaches produce their own distinct “acidic” scent, so if your infestation is really bad, you will have to combat two different roach smells, both of which can linger in the home well after the infestation is gone and can even affect the taste of food. 

Cockroaches tend to live in moist, dark, damp places where they shed their skins and deposit their feces. Cockroach feces can easily be colonized by mold which has its own musty, dank scent. 

How To Get Rid Of Cockroach Odor In The House

Managing a cockroach infestation can be difficult and daunting. First you must locate the source, identify the species of roach and then figure out the best plan of action to eliminate your roach problem. If you can smell a roach infestation in your home, you probably have an entrenched roach colony issue which takes the right kind of know-how to properly battle.

If this is the case, call a pest control specialist who will know where to find the infestation, will be able to identify which species of roach has made your house their home, and will be able to come up with the right plan of attack to effectively control your roach problem.

In the meantime, throw out any rotting food or food scraps you have in your home. Place all your perishable food in the refrigerator. Make sure any food packaging is tightly closed. Keep your kitchen free of spills and crumbs and check to make sure all lids on trashcans are properly secure. 

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