What to Do If You Find a Cockroach in Your House

Find Their Hiding Spots

If there is anything that cockroaches are good at, it’s hiding. Cockroaches prefer moist, dark and out-of-reach areas. Examples include behind kitchen appliances and under sinks. Even the smallest cracks in walls and floors are no match for the cockroach. German cockroaches cause more issues for homeowners because of their small size and link to disease transmission. 

Look for the Signs

Even if you cannot see the actual roach, they’ll typically leave behind some evidence. Signs of cockroaches in your home are:

  • Roach droppings
  • Shed skin/body parts
  • Roach eggs

Roach droppings look like tiny black dots or resemble the appearance of coffee grounds. As roaches grow, they shed their outgrown skin and leave behind body parts. You can look for discarded wings, antennas and legs. 

Cockroach eggs are harder to spot. Therefore, an in-depth search is needed to find them. In serious cases, you can even smell roaches in your home. If you start to smell a strong odor, then it’s a sure sign that you have an infestation. 

Preventing an Infestation

Once you have identified the source of and signs of roaches, it’s time to take preventative measures. Store food in sealed containers and keep pet food covered. You can also seal any cracks or holes near windows, walls and floors. Repair any leaks in plumbing and keep kitchen counters clean of food/crumbs.

Getting Rid of Cockroaches

Sometimes getting rid of cockroaches can be more challenging than finding them. The good news is that there are many ways to remove these pests. For example, try making your home less habitable for cockroaches. 

You can do this by eliminating piles of newspapers and cardboard boxes. These little creatures digest the organic fibers of the material and lay eggs inside the crevices. Cockroaches love wet cardboard, which is even better because it keeps them hydrated. 

You can also use boric acid, a powder that clings on to the roach’s body. As the cockroach grooms itself, it ingests the powder, which eventually kills it.

Pest Control

The best way to get rid of cockroaches once and for all is by contacting a professional pest control team. Dayton’s Pest Control has been serving the Knoxville, Tennessee area since 1985. Call Dayton’s Pest Control for a free estimate today!