Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests and can carry a wide range of different diseases with them. Further, if an infestation is left unchecked, cockroaches can cause all sorts of damage to various surfaces and structures within your home. Thankfully, there are a few different warning signs that you can keep an eye out for that can allow you to identify a cockroach problem early so that you can have a pest control specialist exterminate them before such problems manifest themselves.
The earliest warning sign that your house may have a cockroach problem is if you notice cockroach droppings around your home. Cockroach feces take the shape of small clumps of dirt or spilled pepper, and will most commonly be found near sources of food. This includes your pantry, your garbage cans, and any other areas where food residue may fall (such as the carpet under your dining room table).
Another clear sign that you have a well-established cockroach population within your home is if you find small shell casings scattered around your home. Cockroaches shed their shells when they are very young, so you'll most likely find shells in darker areas where eggs are more likely to have been laid. These shells point to a newly hatched generation of cockroaches in your home and mean that you've had cockroaches living in your home for a significant period of time already. It also means that the population is rapidly growing and needs to be eliminated quickly.
In a very similar vein to the above point, be sure to keep an eye out for egg casings, which will be located in dark and out of the way areas as well. These casings are a brown or gray color with a rounded, almost lumpy appearance, and contain multiple infant cockroaches. Contacting a pest control specialist immediately upon finding egg casings can help prevent a cockroach problem from turning into a cockroach infestation/
A cockroach population within your home will bring a strong and unpleasant smell with it. This is an earthy, almost oily smell that will pervade all rooms of your house and sink into the fabric of your furniture if left to sit long enough. Keep in mind that a sizeable cockroach population is necessary before the smell becomes noticeable, so this may be one of the later warning signs that show up.
Contact a company like Falcon Pest Management for more information and assistance.