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5-signs-of-cockroach-infestationDuring this time of year, cockroaches proliferate on Long Island and infestations are common. To tell if you have a problem, look (and smell) for the following five signs of cockroach infestations.


1. Live cockroaches.



This may seem too obvious to include in a list of signs of cockroach infestations, but many people may not realize that seeing even just one cockroach in your home during the day likely means you have an infestation. Cockroaches don’t like the light, so if one has been bold enough or lost enough to venture into the light, it means they were already nearby. And cockroaches don’t live alone. If you see one in the daytime, many more are probably lurking in the nest somewhere in the dark, waiting for the lights to go out. Many people with a cockroach infestation are shocked to enter their kitchen at night, turn on the lights, and see the horde of cockroaches swarming for cover. Needless to say, if you see a lot of cockroaches, the problem has reached a critical stage.


2. Dead cockroaches.


It would be nice if that dead cockroach you found just wandered into your home on its dying legs. But don’t count on it! It’s much more likely that’s it’s just one member of a nest who simply happened to die.


3. Cockroach droppings.


Some feces will resemble pepper and coffee grounds, while larger roaches expel cylindrical feces, like mice droppings but tinier.


 4. Discarded shell casings.


Cockroaches shed their skin as they mature, and so if you find small, dark-brown oval exoskeletons, they could well be signs of infestation.


5. That smell!


Many species of cockroaches emit pheromones that will create a distinctive, powerful, and unpleasant oily, musty odor. The worse an infestation is, the worse the smell. It can get pretty bad.


It Happens, but It Can Be Fixed


If you see any of these signs of cockroach infestations, don’t get down on yourself. Cockroaches can be a problem in even the best-kept of homes. And certainly don’t resign yourself to living with the infestation. Cockroach problems can easily be brought under control by pest control specialists. The pest control company can then regularly treat your home to keep it free of the nasty pests, which can spread disease, contaminate food, cause allergic reactions, and exasperate breathing problems–not to mention creep you out.  Help is only a phone call away.


Photo Credit: Dead cockroach by gregvirtucio