Cockroaches are without a doubt one of the nastiest pests that I’ve ever seen.They reproduce quickly and can have serious negative effects on your home and your health.
Cockroach treatment can cost hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars, so I understand why homeowners cringe at the sight of even a single cockroach. They often ask me ” I saw one cockroach should I be worried?”
The short answer to this question is maybe. Seeing one cockroach does not necessarily mean you have a full-blown infestation on your hands. That said, I do recommend treating the sighting of a cockroach seriously and following my advice below to reduce the chances of an infestation starting or growing out of control.
By the end of this short 6 minute read, you’ll know exactly what to do if you see a cockroach.
Is it possible to have just one cockroach?
Sure it is possible to have just one cockroach in your home.It could be a loner of some sort, or the last of its colony, or even a cockroach scout. It could even be a hapless, relatively harmless wood roach that got carried in along with the firewood – a bug that never wanted to be in your home in the first place.
For many of us, cockroaches are a symbol of filth, dark and dirty spaces. So when you find one in your house or apartment, it can be quite a shock. After all, you are not a dirty person, you clean often enough and you were never expecting to have to deal with that kind of company.
Don’t panic, seeing one cockroach is not necessarily a sign that your space is getting infested. Read on to find out exactly what it means to find one cockroach in your living space, and the steps which you need to take now to prevent further issues.
How to spot cockroaches
When seeing one cockroach, the best thing which you can hope for is that is a lone individual, venturing into your house by itself and by accident. Unfortunately, this is not very likely to be the case.
Cockroaches are social creatures and do tend to live in much larger groups. Once they have found a hospitable environment, say a kitchen with good access to food, they are likely to settle there as a colony.But Lucky for us, cockroaches are among the easiest types of pests to spot.
You only need to know the right process, which I will provide to you now.
Hidden Cockroaches And Where To Find Them
You need to start off by looking for actual cockroaches in the following places:
Checking the cupboards is mandatory. Inspect them thoroughly from the outside and inside. Make sure to examine the narrow deserted upper corners and the top of cupboards if they’re hung on the wall.Afterward, you need to look at the sink and the drain. there are some types of cockroaches that live in cool dry places like that. you need to also check the trash bin.Move on to the backs and bottoms of kitchen appliances; the fridge, the cooker, the microwave, coffeemaker, or even the toaster. Spare no effort in examining the tricky nooks and crannies of these devices.
We’re looking here for dark moist places, and not necessarily water. Humidity and condensation can attract roaches too.Look everywhere, behind the toilet and medical cabinets. Check the plumbing, the sink, and the bath.
Take a look at the back of the washing machine and anywhere that has plumbing that leads to it.There’s no such thing as a spot that’s too narrow for a cockroach. They do have the ability to flatten their bodies to fit into the snuggest places.
The darkness and humidity conditions apply perfectly to basements. That’s why you should check your cellar for roaches.Make sure to inspect the wall cracks and wooden floors. If the cockroaches have been there for a lot of time, they might’ve started eating cupboard and paper.
Infestation signs aren’t limited to finding cockroaches themselves, you can find some traces of them. Let’s see what these signs are and how to find them.
Searching your home for cockroach poop can help you detect a roaches’ infestation early. Hence, reducing the danger. Roaches leave tiny droppings in the areas they frequent.
That’s gross—and it’s one of the reasons they’re dangerous. Cockroach droppings look like tiny black specks.The amount of feces you find is a good indicator of the size of the roach infestation.
An established cockroach infestation will result in a lingering musty pungent smell. This smell is a means of communication between roaches and each other. It can also be a result of the death and composition of one of them.As long as the infestation exists, the odor will intensify and spread, because of the increasing number of dying roaches.
A rarer piece of evidence is an egg case. Cockroach egg cases are typically about 1/4 inch long or smaller and brown or reddish-brown. Cockroaches take special care when hiding them, so you’re unlikely to find them without some serious sleuthing.
Adult female roaches hide egg cases in cracks, crevices and, sometimes, inside cardboard boxes. Some species such as the brown banded cockroach also stick them to walls, and if it’s a brown banded roach you’re dealing with, you’ll want to look on the tops of picture frames, and in areas closer to the ceiling.
Cockroach Body Parts
Roaches leave body parts of every kind behind. As young or baby roaches grow, they slough off their old, outgrown exoskeletons. You may find these entirely intact, or in bits and pieces after other cockroaches have fed on them.Cockroaches also simply die of course, and other roaches readily eat their bodies, leaving body parts, bits of wings, and antennae in areas in your home.
What Makes Cockroaches Dangerous?
Regardless of their species, all cockroaches are scavengers .They are pretty disgusting bugs. Big or small, roaches are not creatures you want living in your house. And the Roaches carry a lot of risks ,They spend their time crawling around revoltingly dirty places and eating rotten and awful things. As a result, they pick up all sorts of bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi, and worms, which they then deposit elsewhere
Yes ! you guessed it right, cockroaches put your family at risk for food poisoning.
When a roach moves around your house,especially in the kitchen ,and every time it breaks into your pantry to eat your food ,it’s also defecating.and that’s put your family at risk for food poisoning.That’s why you don’t want even a single cockroach in your home.
Are all cockroaches bad?
The term ‘cockroach’ is actually quite vague and can refer to up to 5, 000 distinct species of bugs. Among them, blattella germanica and baata orientalis are the ones which are most commonly found in domestic environments.
These bugs can carry harmful bacteria and infest humans, but most other species are generally harmless. In fact, if humans have tended to fear cockroaches, it is generally not because they are harmful, but rather because seeing one is a sign that there might be a hygiene problem in a given space
What Attracts Roaches?
Often, we associate a cockroach infestation with poor hygiene. So how can they be in your home when the floors are clean, when you wipe surfaces regularly, vacuum and air out the space? There are actually a variety of ways that cockroaches can enter your home.
One of them is being transported on a user object. When buying used furniture or used clothing, you may be unknowingly transporting cockroaches into your home. This is however not the most likely way for them to enter your home. Because they travel in pipes and through walls, cockroaches are most likely to give you a visit if some of your neighbors are infected with them.
Unfortunately, these animals spread fast. One unclean neighbor in a large row of houses is enough for a whole street to become infested with cockroaches. If you are living in close proximity to your neighbors, it may be a good idea to give them a visit and find out more about one possible cause of your cockroach problem.
The number one reason cockroaches choose to enter your home is that they have found a readily available food source. that means ,any food source can attract cockroaches. this is a very important factor to control if you don’t want a cockroach proliferation in your house.
They will eat pretty much anything and are especially attracted to sugar, starch, grease, cheese, and meat. The more severe the weather outside the more vigilant you must be inside to remove those welcoming foods. To reduce the chances of a cockroach infestation, clean your home thoroughly.
As we know Water is essential for all forms of life to survive.So if there is a stagnant water around your house or leaks in your roof these could provide reasons for cockroaches to investigate if your house could be their next.
keeping your house as dry as possible can reduce the persistence of roaches in your house.
the temperature also play a big role on roaches proliferation.
Presence Of Damp, Dark And Hidden Places
Even if roaches are deprived of foodstuffs, these creatures are known to be sturdy enough to survive up to a month without feeding. During this time, roaches tend to cling to any dark, hidden and wet places in the house. Hence, you might find them around garbage points, garage and bathroom and behind the sink.
Simply speaking, these creatures will hide in place where there’s seldom disturbances and away from human predators.
What Type Of Roach Do I Have?
American Cockroach: Also known as the “palmetto bug,” they like hot, humid conditions.
Oriental Cockroach: drawn to humid areas, sometimes referred to as water bugs.
German Cockroach: proliferate quickly and usually nest around the kitchen and bathroom.
Brown banded cockroach: thrive in hotter, drier regions and will nest in areas eye-level or higher inside [source: Ogg et al].
How to get rid of a cockroach infestation
You won’t have to actually find more roaches to know if something needs to be done. Finding signs of their presence will be enough.
If you’ve found those, the next step is to begin a thorough pest management plan. You’ll use a combination of baits, liquid pesticides and preventative measures to eliminate roaches and keep them out.
Insecticides and Other Chemical Cockroach Killers
Comprehensive cockroach control involves more than scrambling for the bug-killer spray any time you happen to spot one. You’re savvier than that.
You’ll use strategy, perseverance and the knowledge you now have about cockroaches’ habits and habitats to target them efficiently.
Cockroach control products come in several forms:
- Insecticidal Dusts
- Residual sprays
- Non-Residual Sprays
- Perimeter treatments
A few roaches probably doesn’t warrant a full-on chemical assault. That’s a lot of work for a problem that’s potentially very small.
Instead, consider starting with roach traps. A few strategically placed traps can help you diagnose the size of the problem and find its epicenter.
Cockroach baits contain insecticides that kill roaches after they’ve gone back to their hiding place and, ideally, spread the poison to other roaches. In combination with a residual spray, which can kill on contact, baits can effectively reduce a cockroach population without requiring too much work on your part.
If you’re worried you’re facing a cockroach infestation on the larger end of the scale, it’s probably a better idea to call a professional pest control service than to take on the problem yourself. A professional can treat your whole home with a perimeter spray and better target cockroach habitats indoors and outdoors.
Natural Cockroach Control
There are a few natural ways to kill cockroaches, too.
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe for people and pets (though you should take care not to breathe it) but lethal to cockroaches. Sprinkling this around areas you suspect they’re hiding is a good way to eliminate some of them.
You can also mix boric acid and sugar to make a mixture that’s a natural bait and insecticide.
How to avoid cockroaches coming back?
When you have finally got rid of cockroaches, chances are you will be living in fear of seeing them make a come-back. Fortunately, there are a few steps and preventative measures which you can take to avoid that.
cleaning routine: keep your place very clean, looking out for food on surfaces or on the floor.
Seal holes and cracks: A more advanced step would be to fix holes and cracks in walls and floors. Those spaces are very hospitable to cockroaches, and the more you can minimize them, the less appealing your space will become for them.
always keep windows covered with screens: if you like to leave them open , especially at night. Many flying cockroaches are attracted to lights and they’ll fly straight through an open window to get to your living room lights.
Eliminating food sources: is an effective way to keep them away. You can also make a few external changes—such as clearing piles of sticks and leaves and organizing boxes in the garage—to keep cockroaches outside.
Fix any water leaks: Examine all faucets and pipes for any leaks, call a plumber to fix the pipe leaks if found and dry out sponges and draining racks regularly.
These simple preventative measures can make a big difference in your cockroach control efforts.
As a general rule, finding even just one cockroach in your home should not cause you a lot of panic. But it could be a sign of a probable infestation. This should get you ready for a roach control plan. Your first steps should be to look for signs of additional cockroaches, to increase the sanitation of your space, and to get professional help. And remember, as i said there is no need to panic. Cockroaches are quick to enter a space when they find a hospitable environment there, but they can also be quick to leave when they no longer find what they are looking for there. Simply take well-thought-out, logical steps, and watch as the signs of cockroaches progressively disappear from your home!