Cockroaches are one of the most despised pests in the entire world. While there are many myths surrounding them, including that they only inhabit dirty homes, no home is safe from a cockroach invasion as long as food and water are available. If you are concerned that your home has a lingering pest problem, here are some signs you may need roach control.
Cockroaches are a nocturnal insect, so seeing a live cockroach during the day can be a troubling sign for homeowners or business owners. Often, this can signify that a large cockroach infestation is present and cockroaches have been forced out of the nest due to overpopulation. On the other hand, this can also mean that they are experiencing famine and new food sources have to be located.
During a cockroach infestation, homeowners or business owners may find cockroach feces. These droppings are often similar in appearance to spilled ground black pepper or coffee grounds. In many cases, the severity of the infestation and a general idea of how long the infestation has gone on can be determined by the number of droppings alone.
As a cockroach infestation progresses, a strong musty odor may begin to intensify in the affected areas of a home or business. While it can signify a large group of roaches is present, even a single German cockroach can emit this smell. As dead cockroaches begin to decompose, oleic acid is produced which further compounds the smell.
Cockroach eggs, known as ootheca, are another sign that roach control is needed In your home or business. These egg casings are oval-shaped and will often be hidden in areas that don’t receive much traffic from humans. If you are attempting to search for the presence of cockroaches, try looking behind appliances for egg casings primarily in areas that provide water or food.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.