Four Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Cockroaches In Your Idaho Falls Home

January 25, 2021

How far are you able to jump from a standing position? Most people would not be able to answer this question, that is, unless a cockroach suddenly skittered out under their feet. These pests have a way of getting people off their feet and into the air. If you have ever been caught off guard by one of these pests, you know exactly what we mean. Fortunately, it is rare for cockroaches to show themselves around the homes they infest. Unfortunately, this makes identifying cockroaches difficult.

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To help you spot cockroaches around your Idaho Falls home before they cause trouble, here are four easy-to-spot signs to keep your eyes out for.

Live Cockroaches

Cockroaches are relatively shy pests. That said, the most obvious sign your home has an active infestation is seeing a live roach crawling around. To help you identify cockroaches, here are some common area species and what each looks like.

All cockroaches are oval-shaped, have six barbed legs, two long antennae, and can compact their bodies down to fit through small spaces.

The German cockroach is one-half to five-eighths of an inch long, light brown to tan, and has two almost parallel lines located just behind its head.

The brown-banded cockroach is half an inch long, brown, and has pronounced banding across its wings.

The American cockroach is one and a quarter to two and an eighth inches long, reddish-brown, and has a yellow figure-eight pattern located on the back of its head.

One thing you should know is that cockroaches rarely come out into the open and will only do so if they are naturally braver or if their living conditions are becoming cramped.

Fecal Droppings

Cockroaches do not just consume; they break down organisms and turn them into fertile fecal matter. This coffee ground-like excrement is found around areas roaches hide, travel, and scavenge for food.

Shed Skins

A cockroach goes through several stages of development before reaching adulthood. They go through a molting process between each of these stages, where they shed old skin to allow for growth. You may find these shed skins around areas cockroaches live and breed, such as beneath stoves, refrigerators, and around hard to reach, moist areas around your home.

Smear Marks

Just like you might leave a grease smear on your phone after eating oily foods, cockroaches have a habit of leaving grease trails around homes after spending time around dirty areas. You'll commonly find these trails near cockroach nesting areas, and around areas they travel and scavenge for food.

The Dangers Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are not just scary to look at; they also pose several serious threats to human health. Known for transmitting diseases and able to trigger an asthma attack and allergic reactions with their shed skins and fecal matter, cockroaches regularly put homeowners at risk. What is even more concerning is that you don't have to interact with roaches to get sick. All it takes is one bite of contaminated food or cross-contamination from interacting with this pests fecal matter for you to contract a disease.

Why Your Idaho Falls Home Needs Professional Cockroach Control

Regardless of whether your home has a cockroach infestation, you need professional cockroach control, because roaches are one of the most dangerous and difficult to identify pests. For the absolute best pest control Idaho Falls has to offer, look to the Falls Pest Services experts. We are a family of pest control professionals looking for ways to protect our community against the many threats pests pose.

Call us today to learn more about our comprehensive services and find a pest control plan that meets your home's needs. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions.

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