Identifying and Dealing With a Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are an all-too-common household pest that can cause severe property damage and serious health problems. However, since cockroaches are primarily nocturnal creatures that spend most of the day hiding out of sight, they can be difficult to spot and equally challenging to deal with effectively.

If you suspect you have cockroaches inside your home, identifying and dealing with your cockroach infestation should be a top priority. Ready Pest Control can help eliminate your roach problem quickly, comprehensively, and at a price you can afford.

How to Spot a Cockroach Infestation

Of course, spotting a live cockroach scurrying around at any time of day could be taken as a sign that you might have an infestation, especially if you see it during daylight hours. However, there are some more subtle signs of cockroach problems that can be helpful to know when trying to identify an infestation.

Finding a dead cockroach inside your home could also indicate an active infestation. Additionally, if you see brown bean-shaped casings, very tiny granules about the size of pepper grains, or brown stains in dark, cramped spaces or inside wall cracks, you have likely found cockroach egg cases or cockroach feces.

Finally, cockroaches produce a very unpleasant odor that may be oily or musty and tends to get much worse as an infestation spreads. In extreme cases, this smell may linger in the air and make food taste bad.

Getting Rid of Cockroaches Effectively

When you have a cockroach problem, calling a seasoned pest control company is a more practical option than trying to get rid of them yourself. Supposed “home remedies” such as citrus juice, fabric softener sheets, cucumber peels, and soapy water are ineffective in killing cockroaches or stopping infestations. While other substances like white vinegar or peppermint may temporarily repel cockroaches, they are short-term solutions at best.

That said, there is a lot you can do on your own to prevent future cockroach infestations, starting with keeping your home clean enough to make it an actively unfriendly environment for roaches and other pests. It can be very helpful in this regard to make sure food is always stored in sealed containers, vacuum carpets and sweep floors regularly, fix leaky pipes, clean up standing water, and find and seal any cracks or holes in your home which might let pests get in from outdoors.

Consider Contacting Ready Pest Control for Help

The only way to permanently solve a cockroach problem is to kill every living roach and egg inside your home. This is a massive undertaking that may require several rounds of treatment depending on how large the infestation is, and put simply, it is not something you should expect to be able to accomplish alone.

Our skilled team members at Ready Pest Control can examine your unique situation and make a custom-tailored plan to deal with your cockroach problem. Call today to discuss your options.

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