Six Early Warning Signs Of Cockroaches In Your Oklahoma City Home

close up of a cockroach
When most pests invade properties they do so in an obvious manner. Flies, for instance, buzz around living areas, land on TV screens, and seem to not care if you catch or kill them. Cockroaches are a bit different. These invasive home pests do not like being seen and are instinctively afraid of humans. This makes identifying them difficult. To help you know if your property has a cockroach infestation, here are six early warning signs you should keep an eye out for around your Oklahoma City home.

Brave Cockroaches & Warning Signs

The majority of cockroaches fear humans and do everything in their power to stay out of sight. This usually involves hiding during the day and only coming out at night to scavenge for food. Every once in a while, however, there is what we call a brave cockroach. Unhindered by fear, this roach has no trouble wandering around in the open, even in broad daylight. As populations of roaches grow, overcrowding and hunger produce more brave roaches, making an infestation increasingly obvious. Some signs you may be dealing with a cockroach infestation include:

Cockroach Eggs

Cockroaches do not lay single eggs but rather groups of them inside long cylindrical tubes. These tubes are mahogany to reddish-orange in color and are found around areas where cockroaches hide. To find cockroach eggs look beneath large kitchen appliances, furniture, and in other hard-to-reach areas around your home.

Fecal Droppings

Cockroach hiding spots are best identified by fecal droppings. As these pests skitter around homes, they leave groupings and trails of their excrement behind. These excretions are small, black, and pointed on either end. When interacted with, cockroach fecal matter smears and can make unsightly stains on fabrics, walls, and carpets.

An Unpleasant Odor 

As cockroach infestations grow within a home, a musty odor often follows. If your home smells like oil and grease no matter how much you clean, it could be a sign that these pests are around, causing trouble just out of view.

Dead Roaches, Body Parts, And Shed Skins

Whether it is through death or molting, cockroaches regularly leave their skins and body parts around the areas they live. If your home is infested with these nasty pests, it is only a matter of time before you start finding dead roaches, white flakes of skin, legs, and other body parts around your living areas.

Smear Marks

Cockroaches are naturally filthy pests. The grease and grime they crawl through is dragged with them as they skitter through homes. Look for the smear marks these pests leave behind along baseboards, over floorboards, up walls, and in other areas where they travel. One thing to note with these trails is that they can be dangerous to humans. Why? Because of the disease-causing organisms that sometimes lie within. Some common diseases you might contract from the filth a cockroach carries include salmonellosis and typhoid fever.

Why You Need Professional Help For Cockroach Problems

One thing to keep in mind is that the signs cockroaches leave around homes do not show up in a day but rather become more prevalent as infestations become worse. The more noticeable signs are around your living areas the more serious your problem is. To make sure your home, or business, doesn’t have cockroaches or to handle an active infestation, turn to the experts at Guaranteed Pest Services. We have the industrial-grade equipment and treatments needed to identify, eliminate, and prevent these invasive, dangerous, and destructive pests.

Call our team today to find out more about our quality cockroach control or to schedule an appointment for your Oklahoma City home. We can also help with a cockroach infestation in your Oklahoma City business.

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