Recognizing The Need for Pest Control

Obvious Signs Of A Roach Infestation

If you live in a warm weather area, then you may need to invest in regular inspections where your home is inspected for pests. If it has been a while since you have invested in an inspection, then you may be concerned about the possibility of roaches being around your home. These pests are quite elusive and love to hide, so it can be difficult to tell if they are in your home. Keep reading to learn about some things you can and should look for though.

Musty Odor

Roaches smell, and they release an unmistakable odor in your home. This smell is a musty one that is oily in nature and is reminiscent of mildew. While this is true, the odor does not seem to have a direct cause or pinpointed origin, so you can usually tell that it is not due to the buildup of mold in your home. In some cases, you may also smell a decomposition type of odor that tends to develop when roaches die and release something called oleic acid. 

It does not take more than a roach or two living in your home before you smell the foul musty odor, so if you think an unusual smell is present, then trust your instincts and contact an exterminator. 

Keep in mind that odors will only become worse once more and more roaches enter the home, and many people state that the smell can affect how they enjoy their homes. Food may smell and taste different, and your clothes may retain the odor as well. 

You Locate An Egg Casing

Roaches do leave some fecal matter behind that can be readily identified by an observant homeowner. However, rodents and other insects can leave behind similar looking matter. However, egg cases, or oothecae, are quite specific to roaches. These cases are relatively long and wide brown shells that are left behind once the eggs inside hatch. The cases are oblong, and they are often left out in the open where they can be seen once hatching is complete.

Each type of roach produces its own distinctive egg casing, so the casing alone can help your exterminator determine what type of roach is living in your house. So make sure to collect the casing and show it to the professional.

Roaches are prolific breeders, so you are likely to see casing regularly if an active infestation is present in your home.

If you want to know more about roaches and how an infestation can be located in your house, speak with an exterminator like Anteater Pest Control