Basically, what is the infestation? Infestation is the state of being attacked by a large population of pests or parasites and insects. Cockroach infestation is the most encountered infestation in households. It is easily detectable, you can easily find out whether your house or building is occupied by cockroaches or not. Cockroach infestation must be treated promptly, as having cockroaches can infect your house with infectious diseases and can cause the destruction of household items.
So for your easy, we have combined some simple signs which will help you confirm whether you are facing cockroach infestation or not.
1. Live cockroaches
2. Cockroach excrement
3. Smear marks
4. Shed skin
5. Damaged property
1. Live cockroaches:
Cockroaches generally stay hidden for most of the time, but they come out at night. Cockroaches are identified as night creatures. If you suspect you have a cockroach infestation, you can check places that are humid and warm like bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, basements, or cupboards to find the habitat of cockroaches. Cockroaches can be found easily as they climb on the walls and some of the cockroaches have the ability to fly so you can easily detect their existence.
2. Cockroach excrement:
A physical sign that can confirm cockroach infestation in your home, is cockroach droppings. The excrement of the cockroach has a usual pungent odor and color (like dark brown or black pepper-shaped droplets. If you find such excrement marks, your first step should be to get rid of them as they can spread bacteria. If these droppings are found in different places and in large amounts this shows that your house may be populated with huge numbers of cockroaches.
3. Smear marks:
Cockroaches have the habit of climbing on the wall or smooth surfaces. If you see on the walls or near the joint line between wall and floor smudged marks (they are of dark color and have irregular shape) or stain this is to verify your suspicion.
4. Shed skin:
Cockroaches undergo different cycles of growth in between these phases changes in cockroaches shed their skin for like 6 or 8 times. The size of these skins can vary but you can distinguish it through their color. If you find such discarded skin, in bathroom or glass tables or kitchen floors it will prove the existence of cockroaches in the residence of the building.
5. Damaged property:
Cockroaches are one of those insects, which will eat anything which comes in their way to sustain themselves. Cockroaches crawl all the time, they interact with many things around, so with anything they come in contact with, they will leave prints or marks on them. So if you see bite marks on clothing or on paper and if you see chewy marks on the food items it will prove that your house is infested by cockroaches.
After you have made all the checks, for confirming the infestation. Your next step should be to consult a pest control company to get rid of cockroaches as soon as possible.