5 Cockroach Infestation Signs You Don’t Want to Ignore


Cockroaches are one of the most common pests people encounter in their home. And unfortunately, they can spread a variety of diseases.

Keeping a tidy home free of trash can help you avoid ever having a cockroach problem, but sometimes they appear regardless of your cleaning habits.

Wondering if you might have a cockroach problem? Want to know what to look for? Keep reading for five main signs of a cockroach infestation that will require immediate attention!

1. Droppings

If you begin to find cockroach droppings, you should think about scheduling an inspection. Roach droppings, especially if they are small, will look like ground coffee or pepper.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are dealing with roach droppings. In this case, set a few glue traps to confirm with an actual roach.

The more droppings you notice, the larger the infestation is likely to be. Target any area with excess droppings. These are high-traffic areas that you should target first with treatments.

2. Strange Odor

One roach will not create a smell. But lots of them definitely will create a smell you will notice. Unfortunately, if you smell roaches, you are likely dealing with a large issue.

Roaches are really as hardy as some of the myths about them suggest, so don’t shy away from contacting a professional when you realize you have a problem.

3. Egg Casings

Another sign you may be dealing with a cockroach infestation is finding egg casings. These casings hold numerous eggs inside. The casings of German cockroaches hold higher numbers of eggs than other species.

This is why these cockroaches are so hard to kill!

These casings (called oothecae) tend to be long round shapes and brown in color. Some types of roaches keep their eggs with them until they hatch while others will hide them in a safe spot.

Regardless of whether or not you find eggs that are unhatched or just a casing, it is a sign of an infestation.

4. Nymph Skins

When cockroaches hatch, they are tiny. Their outer layer does not stretch, so as they grow, they must shed this layer. Roaches usually do this shedding in a safe location.

These nymph skins are usually light brown and shaped like a cockroach. If you find these, other adult roaches are definitely nearby.

5. Roaches Out During the Day

A final, and huge sign you are dealing with a cockroach infestation is simply seeing live ones, especially during the day. Cockroaches are nocturnal, so seeing them during the day is a bad sign.

Roaches come out for food and water while we sleep. Typically if they are out during the day, that means there are so many of them, they got pushed out of their resting place.

Manage Your Cockroach Infestation

Do any of the above signs apply to you? If so, you likely are dealing with an infestation. It’s important to not panic.

It is possible to deal with this issue.

Looking for some expert advice on the next steps you need to take? Please contact us and we would be happy to help.