Cockroach Poop: How to Identify Cockroach Droppings & Feces
If you found cockroach poop in your house, does that mean, you have an infestation?
Let’s find out.
Finding the poop of a pest in your house is the number one sign of pest infestation.
If you can identify the pest from its poop then there is nothing better than that.
It is because in most of the cases when people get to know that there is a pest infestation in their house, it becomes too late because the pest population becomes so large that it becomes very difficult to handle it on your own, and you may take the help of pest exterminators.
In the case of cockroaches, if you can identify the cockroach poop by just looking at the droppings then it can be very helpful to you. It is because you’ll get to know that you have a roach infestation in your house and you have to do something.
But, when it comes to dealing with cockroach poop, there are many questions that come to our mind.
So, let’s get the answer to these questions.
Do Cockroaches Poop?
There is a simple answer to this question.
Yes, they do.
Pooping is a simple way to remove the waste from their bodies, and this happens with all the species whether they are animals, birds or pests.
The droppings of roaches, animals, and birds are very different from each other.
Yes, they differ a lot.
You can tell the difference by just looking at them whether these droppings are of cockroaches or animals.
But, just knowing that, whether roaches poop or not will not help you a lot.
You should also be able to identify cockroach droppings otherwise, there is no use in getting information about their feces.
So, let’s get more information about it.
What Does Roach Poop Look Like?
The feces of small roaches and large roaches can differ from each other.
The poop of small roaches is brown or black specs which appear like finely ground black pepper. Sometimes, you can also find their poop as black stains or like dark ink stains on the surface depending on the size of the roaches and their species.
This his picture published by the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management shows the cockroach feces.
The larger roaches leave solid droppings that look more like cylinders.
This is also black or brown and that depends on species to species.
Cockroach Droppings Identification
Now, you already know that German cockroach droppings look like black stains or dark ink stains. These type of feces are released by smaller ones like brown banded or German roaches.
While the American cockroach droppings are more solid shaped like cylindrical in shape having brown or black in color. They also may have ridges that run from one end to another.
If you see solid shaped cylindrical brown or black feces, then it is most likely the droppings of American, oriental, or smoky brown roaches.
Cockroach Poop vs Mouse Poop
In most of the cases, people can easily identify roach droppings.
But, when it comes to distinguish between mouse droppings and roach droppings, then people make mistakes.
The mouse and roach feces look very much similar and people often make mistakes in identifying them. This can cause a problem for them because if there is a mouse infestation in their house, and they keep thinking that there is a roach infestation, and they don’t do anything about roaches, then it can be a problem for them.
But, how to tell the difference between roach poop vs mouse poop?
You can easily differentiate between German roach poop from rodents because smaller roach poop is more like ink stains.
But, the larger roach poop is very much similar to the mouse.
The poop of both large roaches and mouse are cylindrical in shape.
But, droppings of large roaches have ridges from one end to another, while the mouse droppings do not have any ridges.
Along with that, if you look closely, you’ll see that mouse droppings are slightly larger than roach droppings, and they may also contain short hairs in it.
Palmetto Bug Poop or Cockroach Poop
The term “Palmetto Bug” is generally used for many large roach species and for some beetles also.
In most of the cases, when people refer to palmetto, they are talking about an American cockroach. But, this term is also used for Florida wood cockroach or for other large species.
So, if we talk about palmetto bug droppings, then it is large roach poop.
As we know, large cockroach excrement are solid cylindrical in shape and black or brown in color having ridges from one end to another.
Where to Find Roach Droppings?
There is no specific place where you can find roach droppings. These pests try to stay close to their nest and their food sources.
In your house, unfortunately, your food source means their food source. So, there is no doubt about that kitchen is one of the most expected places to look for the roach feces.
You can find the droppings almost everywhere, where you see these pests. But, this is not a good answer if I say, their feces can be everywhere.
In the below, I’ve shared a few places where you can find their feces, and most probably, you can also crawling roaches.
- Corners of the rooms
- On the top of cabinets, doors, and shelves where they do not get disturbed.
- Cabinets, drawers, pantries, and closets are one of the favorite places of roaches, and there, you can find their droppings.
- Underneath and behind the large equipment like stoves, dryers, refrigerators, and sinks.
- Near and in the bathroom & toilet. You can also find them near the drain pipes.
Can Roach Poop Make You Sick?
Yes, cockroach poop can make you sick and these pests can spread various kinds of diseases.
We all know that where do roaches live, and from where they get their food.
They get their food from garbage, sewage, dustbins, and other dirty places where you don’t to go. Therefore, you can find diseases causing pathogens in their digestive system, and they release these disease-causing pathogens wherever they poop.
So, yes, these roaches can spread diseases and can make you sick.
Why Should You Find Cockroach Poop?
Now, you know where to find cockroach poop in your house, but I’m sure you must be thinking,
Why do I find feces of such a dirty pest in my home?
You need to find their droppings so that you can clean it.
The roach droppings are responsible for causing many kinds of diseases.
As told earlier, these pests live near the places like sewer, drain pipes, and garbage cans. Therefore, their digestive system contains disease-causing pathogens which can make you sick.
And, these pests do not have a place called a bathroom. So, they excrete anywhere, and this habit of these pests can make you sick.
Even, their droppings can increase the severity of asthma.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American clearly states that cockroach waste causes allergic reactions. Their waste can also trigger asthma symptoms and can lead to asthma attacks.
The roach poop can have allergens and can lead to allergic reactions to some people who are more sensitive.
Feces But No Cockroaches: What Does It Mean?
You may have found roach poop in your house, but you didn’t see any cockroaches.
What does that mean?
Are there any roaches in your house?
Yes, there is a cockroach infestation in your house.
You may not have seen these pests because they are more active in the night, and they prefer to come out in the dark when there is less to no activity.
So, these insects may come out when you fell asleep, and they crawl in your house, and in the daytime, you didn’t find any.
This is a symptom of a low level of infestation. If the infestation becomes severe, then you can see a few of them crawling even in the day.
So, if you only found the feces but no roaches, that simply means that you have a few roaches in your house, and their population is not very large.
What to Do If You Find Roach Poop?
If you found roach poop, then you have to do three things.
- Cleaning the Cockroach Droppings
- Getting Rid of Roaches
- Preventing a new roach infestation
These steps are so important that you should not skip any of it. Otherwise, you’ll not be able to eliminate their risk for a long time.
How to Clean Cockroach Droppings
Use a good vacuum cleaner to remove all the feces and droppings of these pests. Start from the top of appliances, in the cabinets, bathroom, kitchen, near the drain pipes, containers, and other places where you can find these disgusting pests.
You should also look at the places like microwave, dishwashers, and refrigerators.
Keep your house clean to prevent the entry of roaches.
These pests prefer dirty places, so if you make your home clean, then it works as an unsuitable for them.
Washing the Surfaces
Use water and soap solution to remove the allergens from the places. Clean all the walls and other places where you suspect their presence.
In most of the cases, simple soap and water solution is sufficient, but you can also use disinfectants.
Disinfectants will also help you to remove the germs and bacteria that are released by them.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
If you want to get rid of cockroaches in your house, then the first thing that you have to do is to clean your house.
Use of other methods and roach killers is next step, the number one thing that you have to do is to proper cleaning of your house. This will help you to remove the allergens and make your home unsuitable for them.
Identify the Problem
After cleaning, the next thing you have to do is analyze the problem.
What type of roaches is present in your house?
Are they German roaches or the Americans?
Where are they present?
You must be thinking, what difference does that make whether these pests are present in your kitchen or your bathroom.
Actually, that makes a lot of difference.
If the roaches are present in your kitchen, you may not want to use cockroach killing sprays because such products spray insecticide and this can go to the air. Therefore, there is a risk of accumulating insecticide over the food items and utensils.
Remove the Food Sources
After that, you have to remove the food sources.
If they are present in the kitchen, then you have to make sure, all the food storing containers are properly sealed. There are no food items that are placed openly which can be used by roaches as food sources.
Along with that, do not put the organic waste like remains of fruits & vegetables in the open.
Eliminate the Hiding Places
In the daytime, you do not see them.
Because they hide in the daytime, and they come out in the night.
But, if you can find their hiding places, then you can attack them or you can block these hiding places so that they won’t be able to hide from your eyes.
Use Roach Killers
There are many roach baits that work really well in killing these pests.
Personally, I suggest, you should use roach baits instead of using sprays. This is because after putting baits, these baits attract the pests and kills a lot of them.
By using the bait, you can eliminate the roach infestation in just a few days.
But, when it comes to using a spray, there are a few disadvantages that’s why I don’t like them.
First, you can only kill those roaches which you see. So, if you have a roach infestation, then you may only be able to kill a few ones because other roaches only come out when there is no disturbance and when it’s dark.
Second, if you use a spray, then it can contaminate the whole area. You may also feel the smell of insecticide after using the spray.
You can use the spray in the places like the bathroom, or in the room. But, I recommend, do not use it in the kitchen.
My personal favorite gel bait is Advion Roach Gel Bait. It is the best bait that I have ever purchased.
Along with that, you can also use roach foggers to kill these pests.
If you do not want to use commercial roach killers, then you can use some home remedies.
As we all know, home remedies are not as effective as commercial products but you can try them because they are not as dangerous as poisonous sprays & poison baits.
You can also read another article where I shared a few methods to kill roaches instantly, that’ll also help you.
Taking Help of Exterminators
If there is a severe infestation, and you are not able to get rid of them on your house, then you should take help of pest control services.
There are many exterminators that can help you to get rid of these pests from your house.
Preventing A New Roach Infestation
If you have eliminated a roach infestation, and you think your work is done, then you are wrong.
After eliminating the infestation, you have to do some preventing measures so that a new infestation does not grow in your house.
For that, the number one thing that you have to do is to keep your house clean. I have talked about it a few times earlier because it is important.
Proper Food Storage
Keep your food stored in a airtight containers. Do not store your food in the open areas where they can be used as a food for pests. Along with that, open food also attracts many kinds of pests.
Read this article to know about their eating habits.
Occasionally Use Roach Baits
After eliminating all the pests from your house, occasionally use the gel bait in different places in your house especially in the kitchen and in your bathroom.
You can use after every 10 to 15 days, and slowly increase the number of days between each treatment.
You may not think that roach poop is a big trouble in your house, but their droppings can cause a big problem for you.
Their feces can cause several types of diseases, and can even lead to asthma attacks.
So, the next time if you find the feces, you can identify whether these are of roaches or not.
But, don’t confuse between roaches and mouse droppings. They look similar but they have a little difference in it as told earlier.