Cockroaches are one of the most common pests which may take up residence within your home, and can carry a variety of different diseases. Cockroaches are also notoriously quick breeders, which means that even a small population hidden away within your home can quickly bloom into a full-on infestation. Understanding what some of the warning signs associated with cockroaches in your house are can help you identify a population early so that you can contact a pest control specialist to have them removed before they can multiply.
Fecal Stains and Shell Casings
One of the earliest warning signs that you'll notice in regards to cockroaches taking up residence in your home is if you notice strange staining on your floors, furniture, carpeting and walls, as well as any other exposed surfaces in your home. Cockroach droppings appear extremely visually similar to coffee grounds, and can quickly accumulate and stain different surfaces day by day.
In a similar vein, you may also find shed shell casings that occur as young cockroaches molt and mature: large amounts of shell casings or wings spread across the floors and surfaces of your home can point to a quickly growing population that requires immediate treatment and removal.
Another indication of cockroach infestations within your home is a strong smell that accompanies the insects. The smell of a cockroach population is a musty and earthy one that will permeate the rooms in which the cockroaches have been active, and can be hard to remove through traditional cleaning methods.
Keep in mind that the intensity and breadth of the smell is directly related to the size of the cockroach population in your home: stronger smells across multiple rooms can point to a massive population, whereas a weaker smell located in a specific area of your home indicates a cockroach population that has not yet had the chance to grow significantly.
Finally, the most obvious warning sign of cockroaches in your home is if you notice them during the day. Cockroaches are notoriously nocturnal, and as such you may never see a cockroach in your home under most circumstances.
However, when the population reaches a certain point, there are simply too many cockroaches for them to all remain hidden throughout the day, and you may find a few wandering around the rooms of your house. If this is the case, you need to contact a pest control specialist about removal straight away.