Seeing a cockroach skitter across the floor or creeping up a wall is enough to convince anyone that having cockroaches in the home is absolutely undesirable. But is the presence of one cockroach anything to worry about? It is possible that the cockroach somehow got into your house and that there is not an infestation behind your walls. But ignoring the possibility that there is a bigger problem is not a risk worth taking. A single cockroach can be responsible for laying up to 400 eggs in a single year. Warmer weather speeds up incubation time for the eggs as well, so more cockroaches can hatch quicker, producing cockroaches who can lay more eggs in your home. Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to eradicate and takes multiple different extermination methods and a highly experienced pest control pro to eliminate the infestation and prevent these disgusting critters from slinking back into your home.
Be vigilant in looking for signs of cockroaches
If you see a cockroach in your home, immediately begin looking for signs of more cockroaches in specific places around your property. The more evidence you find, the larger the infestation is and the more critical getting in touch with a pest control professional becomes. Signs of cockroaches to look for are:
- Smear marks left on surfaces and walls: Cockroaches often hang out in wet, damp areas in the home. If the cockroaches are very active in one area, they scurry through water and leave behind brown, smear marks.
- Casings or Capsules: Cockroaches lay a lot of eggs. You may find egg casting after the eggs hatch.
- Droppings: Though the droppings produced by cockroaches are quite small, when many are found in a small area, you are likely to notice.
- Exoskeletons: Much like other insects, cockroaches have an exoskeleton that they have to shed in order to grow
Store-bought cockroach solutions may have some initial success. But if cockroaches are not completely eliminated, the population will grow and you will have a full-fledged infestation on your hands once again. Cockroaches carry risky bacteria into your home. Hiring a pest control pro to inspect and treat your home for cockroaches is the single best solution to eliminating these disgusting bugs from your property.
Cockroaches bring health risks into your home
Cockroaches clamber through all types of trash and filth. They pick up bacteria from sewers and other disgusting places and bring them right into your home. Cockroaches can be found hiding inside the toilet bowl and have been known to eat food particles left on your toothbrush if not washed out properly. Cockroaches are known to carry bacteria such as listeria, E. Coli, and salmonella. An increase in allergies and asthma symptoms for those who already suffer from these respiratory problems is often found in cockroach-infested homes.
If you have a cockroach problem, you want to ensure that your family never suffers from bacteria-induced illnesses. Call a trusted pest control professional to begin treatment of your home immediately after seeing the first sign of cockroaches. Give the pros at Nixtermite a call to eliminate any cockroaches from your home in San Diego County, CA.