If you see one cockroach in your home, there are a few things you should know immediately. Understanding these few facts about cockroaches will give you essential insight into cockroach infestations. Here's what you need to know.
1. Most Of The Time You Won't See A Roach
Cockroaches are nocturnal by nature and rarely come out during the day. If you have a daytime sighting, it is an indication of a severe infestation. That little roach is letting you know that it is hungry enough to forage for food when other roaches aren't.
2. One Roach Is Just The Beginning
When a cockroach gets into a home, it rarely comes in alone. But, even if it does come in alone, it has the potential to quickly go from one cockroach to fifty. A single egg pouch (called an ootheca) can contain as many as fifty eggs.
3. It Matters What Kind Of Cockroach It Is
There are some species of cockroach that are accidental invaders. They don't prefer to be in your home. It is important to properly identify the cockroaches in your home. In our Pittsburg service area, the most common cockroaches are German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches. German cockroaches are tan with a dark equal sign on their backs. American cockroaches are chestnut with a yellowish figure eight on their backs. Oriental cockroaches look like armored black bugs.
4. It Is Not Good To Have Any Cockroaches
One cockroach in your Pittsburg home is one cockroach too many. Cockroaches are very dirty insects. They are attracted to decaying organic matter, and they eat the feces of animals and humans. It has been determined that cockroaches can spread more than 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. If this isn't bad enough, they shed dust from their skins which can aggravate allergies. The presence of cockroaches in a home has been found to increase hospital visits for asthma-related symptoms. When it comes to cockroach infestations, just say no.
What If You Don't See A Roach?
If you're wondering if you have cockroaches in your Pittsburg home, there are ways you can find out, apart from seeing one. Here are a few warning signs cockroaches leave behind.
The most common way residents find out that they have a roach infestation is that they start to see black, pepper-like feces sprinkled in dark humid locations in their home. Look in the cabinet under your kitchen sink, behind the washer in your laundry room, in basement closets, and on insulation in your attic.
Some species of cockroaches leave egg pouches around. These are brown and actually look like pouches if you examine them closely. If you have a species that carries its pouch on its back, you will not be able to detect cockroaches this way.
Cockroaches emit a pheromone to communicate with each other. If you have lots of cockroaches in your home, you might notice an unpleasant smell. Sniff in dark, secluded locations in your home. If you begin to notice a smell in your common areas, it is likely that you have a severe infestation.
What To Do About Cockroaches
Many Pittsburgh residents find cockroaches to be extremely disturbing and quickly go after cockroaches with chemical sprays. We strongly recommend that you don't do this. Cockroaches are strong insects. If roaches survive your spray, they will develop a resistance to the chemical you used and pass this resistance on to their offspring. If you think it is bad to have cockroaches in your home, try having super roaches that cannot be killed by pesticides. It is better to reach out to Witt Pest Management and have your cockroach infestation properly treated. Contact us anytime to schedule an appointment.