How to Tell if You Have Cockroaches

How to Tell if You Have Cockroaches

Cockroaches were once thought of as a pest we might encounter while holidaying abroad, but Britain’s changing climate means that these insects are becoming more of a problem here too. In recent years, the need for pest control for cockroaches has increased, and we see many cases where a big problem could have been resolved much earlier – if it had been spotted in time.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to help you tell if you have cockroaches in your home or business premises.

3 Signs of a Cockroach Problem

Cockroaches are nocturnal – so it’s no surprise that many people can live or work alongside these secretive pests for long periods before noticing them. That said, there are several key signs of a cockroach problem – here are the top 3:

Noticing a Smell

If cockroaches build up in large numbers, you might begin to notice an odd, musty smell around the cracks and crevices they live in, or the routes they commonly move along.

Seeing Tell-Tale Signs

A cockroach has a complex lifecycle, which progresses through up-to eight separate stages. At the end of each stage of growth, the cockroach casts off its tough exoskeleton, and this ‘shed skin’ may be spotted.

Other signs of a cockroach problem include oval egg cases, and faeces – small, dark-brown droppings that look a little like coffee grounds.

Seeing a Cockroach Itself

It’s not common to see a live cockroach. These creatures come out after dark and seek shelter if they’re exposed to light. You might just spot one moving back to a nearby crack or crevice, especially if you turn a light on suddenly during the night.

DIY Solutions vs Professional Pest Control

Once you’ve established that you have cockroaches, it’s important to take steps to resolve the problem. That’s because cockroaches are carriers of a variety of bugs – including pathogens like salmonella and E Coli that cause food poisoning.

Unfortunately, cockroaches are famed for their hardiness – and they resist many over-the-counter DIY solutions that are available on the market. There are two main reasons for this – the use of low-grade products, and incorrect application.

It’s very rarely possible to apply an insecticide directly to the cockroaches themselves. Instead, the insecticide must be applied to areas where the cockroaches live, or the routes they regularly move along. It’s vital that this insecticide has a high residual strength, and is applied in the right places, at the correct dose.

Unfortunately, many people fail in their initial attempts to resolve a cockroach problem. Unless you have experience in eliminating cockroaches, and are comfortable handling insecticides and applying these around your home, then calling in a local pest control technician may be a better option.

Barnsley Pest Control – Cockroaches

At Arnie’s Pest Management, we’re experienced in dealing with the widest possible variety of insect pests. We’re used to the challenges presented by entrenched cockroach infestations, and we’ve supported many Yorkshire home and business owners by providing a professional, effective solution. If you’ve identified the signs of a cockroach problem in your property, then get in touch as soon as possible to schedule a pest control call out.