Some pests are seasonal – more active at certain times of the year. Cockroaches can cause issues throughout the year, however. It makes sense to know how to identify their presence – something you can do without seeing one on its own.
Nocturnal activity makes them hard to spot
Some pests can easily be seen when they are present. However, few people who experience a cockroach infestation will see the offenders themselves. That’s because they are nocturnal, only coming out at night. You may well be close to them during the day without realising it, but you are unlikely to see them then.
What’s that smell?
Oftentimes, the first signs of an infestation include a strange smell. This isn’t a pleasant smell, so if you become aware of a strange odour, perhaps in your kitchen or bathroom, be sure to check it out.
While the odour isn’t good, they don’t clean up after themselves either. Droppings can be seen wherever the cockroaches are lurking. You might even spot discarded skins. Younger cockroaches will outgrow their skins several times before they reach maturity. Again, note the location of these signs – they can highlight where the cockroaches are most likely to be hiding.
Explore dark, out of sight places for signs of infestation
They’re going to hide if they can. If they have a source of food and water – that could be something as simple as paper or tissues or loo rolls – they’ll stay there. Why move when you have a source of food you can rely on?
Solving the problem – and preventing it from reoccurring
Calling a professional pest control expert is the best course of action if you want to be rid of cockroaches. They can also advise you on how to prevent them coming back. Simple steps can often be taken to deter them from gaining access to your property in future.
Is it worth calling in the experts if you haven’t seen any live roaches?
Yes. Finding a dead roach isn’t good, as it means there are likely many more you cannot see or get to. They multiply rapidly if given the chance, so delaying getting help can make things far worse. Don’t assume you only have one or two if that is all you can see. Chances are there are many others you haven’t spotted yet – and probably never will. It’s a sobering thought, isn’t it?