How To Tell If Your Bradenton Home Has A Cockroach Infestation

You would think that it would be easy to tell if you have cockroaches, but it isn't. Do you know that you can have thousands of cockroaches in your Bradenton home and not know it? It's true. Let's take a quick look at why. Then it will be easier to cover some key information that will help you determine whether or not you have a cockroach infestation.

Why Cockroaches Are Hard To Detect

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Most cockroach species that get into homes and businesses have the following traits. These traits are why you're not likely to see roaches in your home during the day, unless you go looking for them.

  • Most pest roaches are nocturnal. They come out at night while you're sleeping.

  • All roach species have an attraction to tight spaces. They like to hide in every crack, cranny, crevice, and seam.

  • Some roach species are small. The nymphs of German cockroaches are small enough to fit through one of the holes of an electrical outlet. When these tiny nymphs hide in the seams of a mattress or piece of furniture, it's hard to know it.

  • Cockroaches don't just like tight spaces, they have a preference for spaces where they can be pressed against a hard surface. This is why you'll find them in the voids of appliances.

  • Roaches prefer high humidity. This will have them lurking in spaces where your pipes are. Since your pipes are in your wall voids, that's where cockroaches prefer to be.

  • The vast majority of cockroaches do not have bold personalities. They let the brave roaches go looking for food, and wait for the all clear. When it is given, all the timid roaches come out of hiding.

Obvious Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation

There are many ways you can detect cockroaches. These are likely to be the first signs. You probably won't have to go looking for these. But they can stay hidden until long after you've started getting sick from the presence of roaches in your Bradenton home.

  • The sound of little feet on your kitchen or bathroom floor. If your floors are made of a hard material, you may be able to hear cockroaches at night.

  • The smell of something in your attic or in your laundry room. Cockroaches use pheromones to communicate. These pheromones can be described as oily and musky.

  • Finding a dead roach. It is possible to find a dead roach in your home. If you do, you'll know it's dead because it will be lying on its back. Roaches do this because they are top heavy. The only reason they are upright at all is because they're always gripping the bumps and tiny holes in the surfaces they crawl on. When they die, they let go and flip over.

Obvious Signs That Are Hidden

Cockroaches leave signs around your home, but they leave them underneath objects, in the backs of your drawers, in tight creases, inside voids, in your attic, and in other hidden locations. If you want to see these signs, you have to go looking for them. Slide some drawers out and look in the backs. Look in the cabinet under your kitchen or bathroom sink. Slide your oven out and look behind it and on the sides. Go into your attic or storage areas and look around. These are the signs you need to look for.

Feces. Cockroaches leave tiny black feces in the places they live and explore. They may appear as specks, they may appear as streaks, or they may soak into fabric and look like blotches or stains. Keep in mind that this fecal matter is sticky and may be found stuck to floors and even ceilings.

Skins. A cockroach sheds its skin as it passes from one instar to the next which can be more than a dozen times. It leaves the pieces of its old skin in the places listed above.

Ootheca. This is the egg pouch of a cockroach. An ootheca may be brownish-red or orangish-yellow. You may find these intact, or they may be just a shell.

Cockroach Control In Bradenton

If you find signs of cockroaches in your Bradenton home, contact Keller's Pest Control. Our licensed pest professionals use the latest strategies used by experts in the industry. We know what is required to get rid of cockroaches and keep them out of your home. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.