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How To Tell If Your New Castle Home Has A Cockroach Problem

April 30, 2021


Cockroaches’ reputation for being one of the grossest household pests isn’t anywhere near unearned. They hang out on corpses, feast on garbage, and sleep in sewers – and then they bring all the pathogens from those places with them when they scurry across your kitchen counter with their filthy, hairy feet. Below, we’ll talk more about the signs of cockroach infestation as well as tips to prevent them and what to do if you wind up with a case of these vile vermin.

Signs Of Cockroaches

While many different species of roaches can infest our properties here in Delaware, they all have a few things in common. Most roaches are brown, either so dark they’re almost black or so reddish they look burnt orange in the right light. All cockroaches in our area have flat, oval-shaped bodies, six legs, and long, paper-thin wings that cover their entire backs.

a cockroach crawling up a coffee table

Cockroaches are excellent hiders, so you will probably see signs of infestation long before you see an actual roach. The odor is one of the telltale indicators you’ve got a problem. The thing about cockroaches is most of the time you smell them before you see them. Once you start to get a sizable infestation, you’ll likely smell a foul, oily, musty stench, especially in areas cockroaches like to hang out like basements and crawlspaces. Other signs of roaches include:

  • Droppings – cockroach poops look a little like black coffee grounds.

  • Egg Capsules – these will look almost like a small, brown, segmented pill. Capsules contain multiple eggs.

  • Exoskeletons – like most other insects, cockroaches molt, and they’ll leave their skins lying around wherever they shed them.

  • Smear Marks – roaches will leave brown, irregularly shaped smear marks when they crawl through water and get wet.

  • Live Roaches – even though roaches are adept at concealing themselves, you might see one scurrying away on occasion. If you’ve got a bad enough infestation, you might even see multiple roaches scatter when you enter a room and turn on the light.

Dangers Of Roach Infestation

Cockroaches are a lot more than a nuisance. We already talked about the shudder-inducing places they like to frequent, and their filthy habits lead to some pretty nasty pathogens hitching a ride on or even in them. In fact, roaches are known or suspected to carry some of the deadliest diseases ever to afflict humans throughout our history – including dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, leprosy, and plague. It’s probably safe to say you don’t want any of these diseases, and therefore you don’t want cockroaches. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to avoid attracting them:

  • Vacuum frequently to pick up crumbs and dropped food.

  • Clean dishes immediately, and avoid leaving them out – even in the sink.

  • Cover garbage tightly and take it out often.

  • Securely seal food containers in your pantry.

  • Eliminate access points to your home – screen windows, install weather stripping around doors, cover exhaust or condensation vents, and repair holes and cracks in your home’s siding and foundation.

The bad news is roaches will often break through even the toughest prevention methods. If that happens, you might think you can handle it on your own, but at-home remedies are often ineffective. Some poisons don’t attract all that many roaches; sometimes poisons can kill a few roaches, which just makes room for more; and maybe worst of all, research suggests roaches are evolving resistance to some of our most common pesticides.

All this means if you wind up with an infestation, you’re going to need expert help. Here at Moyer Pest Control, we have the most innovative and up-to-date cockroach control services on the market. Not only can our certified techs bust up your current cockroach party, but our regularly scheduled maintenance visits will help you make sure the squatters in your home stay out for good. So give us a call at (215) 660-3642 or visit our contact page to get started.

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