4 signs of cockroach infestation in your home

Once cockroaches make themselves at home, it can be very difficult to kick them out. Here’s how to spot them and get rid of them before they overrun your home.

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Out of all the household pests, cockroaches are the worst. A lot of time when we see one crawling around, we’ll just kill it (or ask someone else to do the dirty job for us) and forget about it. But these insects can pose a significant health risk like spreading bacteria and parasitic worms. So simply killing it won’t do. You have to get to the root of the problem and stop them before they start breeding.

1. Cockroach droppings

This is perhaps the most telltale sign of a cockroach infestation. If there are cockroaches crawling in your home, they will definitely leave tiny specks of droppings behind. Do pay close attention to places like floor corners, top of the cabinets and underneath the refrigerators as these are the common places they roam. When cleaning up the droppings, always remember to wear gloves.

2. Musty odour

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Cockroaches do smell and they smell nasty. While the smell of a single cockroach is subtle (most of the time the smell is not strong enough for you to notice), if you have several cockroaches running around your home, the smell will amplify and become more noticeable. If your home is hit by a strong musty odour, then you’re probably in trouble. Quickly find out the cause of the smell and get rid of them once and for all.

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3. Egg casings

You know infestation starts to grow when you find egg casings lying around the house. The thing is roaches don’t lay singular eggs, they produce oothecae — long and brown casings that house cockroaches’ eggs. Depending on the species of the cockroach, some oothecae house only 10 to 20 eggs while some can hold up to 50 eggs in a single shell. We can’t even begin to imagine the number of baby cockroaches lurking in the shadows. *shudders* If you find empty casings, take immediate action to annihilate them, and if you come across a casing that still contains its eggs, throw it away or flush it down the toilet immediately.

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You know what they say, if you see a cockroach crawling hastily in your kitchen, there’s probably a family of them hiding somewhere, waiting for the right moment to strike. You see, roaches are not loners and they’re nocturnal insects. If you spot them in daylight, it means that the infestation has been going on for some time and because of overcrowding and lack of food sources, they are forced to come out during the day to survive. Really makes you wonder how many of these pesky pests are hiding in your home right?

Where do cockroaches hide?

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As mentioned above, roaches are nocturnal insects and they like cosying up in dark and moist places. So keep an eye out for them in places like behind the refrigerators, sinks, stoves, floor drains and other kitchen appliances.

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How to lure cockroaches out of hiding

If there’s one thing we can be sure of it’s that cockroaches are hard to catch. They usually come out at night when everyone’s sleeping and when you do see them, they’ll just run back into their hiding spots. But fret not as there are ways to draw them out.

1. Use a cockroach trap

Get a few cockroach traps and put them in places you know cockroaches are known to frequent. The trap comes with an adhesive so cockroaches will get stuck on the sticky paper.

2. Use water jar

This homemade method has been proven time and time again as an effective way to trap cockroaches. All you need to do is place a jar of water where roaches are seen. Cockroaches will get into the jar and drown.

While these signs may seem pretty grim, but there are effective ways to get rid of cockroaches and stop them from coming back to your home. You can read all about how to get rid of cockroaches here.