Cockroaches are one of the most common insects you’ll encounter in your home, but some homes are more infested than others. That’s because cockroaches hide throughout your home, meaning they are difficult to spot unless you’re looking specifically for them. In some homes, you may see them scurrying around your kitchen, numerous dead cockroaches on your floors and countertops, or even an occasional roach inside a light fixture or dropping from the ceiling onto the floor. Other homes are so infested that cockroaches are nesting in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas.
Cockroach infestations are not only unpleasant to look at and live with. They also pose health concerns when they enter your home. And that makes it necessary to seek Bryan pest control services if you find lots of cockroaches in your home.
We will now see the early signs of a cockroach infestation.
- New allergy symptoms
Cockroach infestation can lead to allergic reactions. Roach droppings and body parts can also trigger allergic reactions, especially if they are discovered in a warm, humid environment, like in the summer or inside your home. You may begin to notice new symptoms or worsening of existing allergies, such as sneezing, rashes, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and itchy skin.
- Unusual smells
Cockroaches produce a bad smell, but they can become much stronger when they begin moving around and dying inside your home. If you notice an unpleasant odor in your home, there is likely a cockroach infestation.
- Strange smears
Among a cockroach infestation’s telltale signs is the presence of small smears and streaks throughout your home. You may find them on walls, floors, countertops, or in dark corners of your home. They are traces of cockroach excrement and body oil, which are produced by the pests as they crawl throughout your home.
Cockroaches are highly secretive, which means they tend to hide anywhere in your home. But as they get into places where they can have even more room to move, their droppings will be noticed in multiple spots.
- Shed skin
Cockroaches are always shedding their skin, which contains small chunks of the exoskeleton. If you come across a large amount of shed skin, you’ll know it’s time to call a professional.
- Living or dead cockroaches
If you find dead cockroaches throughout your home, you’ll know there’s a cockroach infestation. Likewise, if you spot live roaches scurrying throughout your home, it also indicates a roach issue.