One of the most successful animals in the world is the cockroach. Not only have cockroaches been around since the dawn of time, they are the most distributed pest on the planet. And, of all the cockroaches you can find in your home or your business, German cockroaches are the worst. They're small. They're pernicious. And they love living in structures built by humans. When they move in, they stay--and multiply--like crazy.
German cockroaches spread harmful bacteria, parasitic worms, and several human pathogens. When they climb around on food-prep surfaces, plates and silverware, and chew their way into food packages, flu-like symptoms are almost a certainty. That is why it is important to recognize the signs of a German cockroach infestation.
4 Signs Of German Cockroaches
Sightings. While German cockroaches are mostly nocturnal, you're likely to see a roach here and there during the day if you have an infestation. What you need to know most about this sign is its implication. If you see one tiny roach every now and again, you need to understand that there are likely to be hundreds or thousands of roaches in your home that you are not seeing.
Droppings. If you have cockroaches, you should notice tiny black droppings stuck to surfaces or littered on the floor in secluded locations. Use a flashlight to peer into tight spaces. Roaches prefer tight spaces where their backs and their bellies can touch hard surfaces at the same time. As an infestation grows, so will the presence of dark fecal matter in areas where German roaches are congregating.
Smells. If you have roaches in your home or business, you're likely to start smelling them before you see them. This smell is most often described as oily or musty. These words don't actually do this smell justice. If you're detecting a smell you would call "nasty," coming from a storage room, you should definitely take a closer look.
Egg cases. Female German cockroaches carry their eggs until a day or two before those eggs hatch, so you aren't likely to see eggs laying around. But, you will see egg cases if you have an infestation.
If you see a tiny, tan or brown cockroach that has two dark lines on its back just below its head, you should know that you have a German cockroach infestation and that it is time to call a professional. It doesn't take long for an infestation of German cockroaches to get out of hand. If you need assistance with cockroach control in Missouri, reach out to the pest control experts here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions for immediate assistance.