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I Found A Cockroach In My Home

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I Found One Cockroach—Should I Be Worried?

Is it possible to have just one cockroach in your home? Absolutely. The roach you have spotted could be a cockroach scout, or a harmless wood roach which accidentally flew into your home attracted to your table lamp. But the likelihood that this is the case is relatively low. 

Since cockroaches are nocturnal and skittish, they tend to stay out of sight and can be hard to spot. Spotting cockroaches in your home can be a sign of a much larger infestation. Where and when you have spotted the cockroach can give you clues as to what kind of infestation you may have and just how large it may be.  

When and Where Did You See The Cockroach?

If you have spotted a cockroach during the day, it might be a sign that your infestation is quite large. As cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, daytime sightings can mean that the infestation is so well established that overcrowding has led to a scarcity of food sources, forcing cockroaches to forage during the day to survive. 

Was It Dead Or Alive?

Since cockroaches tend to stay in hiding, it might be easier to find dead cockroaches since they are unable to scurry out of sight. Spotting dead cockroaches in your home is not necessarily a sign of a dying infestation, but rather a sign that there is an ongoing one in your home. 

Can You See Other Signs Of Roaches

Other signs of a cockroach infestation in your home include finding roach feces in high trafficked areas like kitchen counters and moulding on the kitchen and bathroom floor. Depending on the cockroach species that has infested your home, these droppings can look like anything from pepper flakes to coffee grounds to brown stains on your walls and flooring. Some of the best places to check for these signs of a cockroach infestation are behind the stove and refrigerator, under sinks, in pantries and cupboards and any other place you may store or leave food. 

Large roach infestations can also produce a strong, musty odor that can alert you to the presence of roaches in your home. If you have noticed an oily smell in your home, or have noticed any of the above signs of a cockroach infestation, contact a pest control specialist in your area for help with cockroach elimination and control.

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