In the middle of the night, you started noticing a daunting craving for a sandwich. Then you need to get to the kitchen if you have to satisfy that craving, but unexpectedly a big, giant roach scurries past you. It came out of nowhere and out of shock, your only response what to remove your slippers and squish it as hard as you can.
So what does it mean, if you found one roach inside your kitchen scurrying around? Does it mean you should expect or have an infestation? Or maybe your home isn’t tidy enough?
Found One Cockroach in House
There’s a high tendency that seeing a roach scurrying around means your home is already infested with the little creepy insects. A single roach might not be able to cause significant damage to your property or health; however, a massive infestation hiding somewhere in your home can.
They are different than most types of insects like bed bugs, dust mites that affect you in all ways. These annoying insects do not hide and cause more significant damage to both properties and health compared to cockroaches.
Cockroaches are known to be nocturnal; they do not affect you in the day by staying hidden in hole, and crevices. While at night, when you are probably sleeping, and the lights are off, they scavenge for food and water in your kitchen, garbage, etc.
A single roach does not scurry around your home unless it needs food and water. However, a single cockroach cannot go out hunting alone or it probably close to the colony’s nest. They often move out in groups and not singly. So if you a roach, there’s every reason to be looking around you would find others scurrying around in proximity.
If immediate measures are not taking to stop the little stubborn insects from building a nest inside your home. It becomes challenging to find the nest and destroy it.
They can cause wreak havoc and become a treat to everyone’s health. Most homeowners use pest control measures that eradicate few roaches and entirely ignore their nest; such method are only temporary. Destroying cockroaches nest makes hour home safe and free from the creeping insects.
How to know for sure that there are more cockroaches than the scurrying roach?
There are few signs you need to note to be sure.
- Dead Cockroaches – the little creeping insects are reputable for their stubborn and surviving nature. They have survived mass extinctions, yet they can die due to various reasons. So, If you want to be sure about a roach infestation, then a dead roach laying around your home is one sign among others.
- Discarded eggshell casings – when you notice the presence of an eggshell more like a capsule in shape, then you looking at an infestation. Roaches are known to lay from ten to hundreds of eggs in a capsule-like shell. So, you should know the places where roaches lay their eggs.
- Feces Trail – there is another sign to determine if your home is under infestation. Roaches are known to leave a trail of feces as they scurry around, which looks like ground coffee. See these pics of cockroach feces to easily identify them.
- Oily Smell – with lots of roaches hiding in several spots in your home, oily smell tends to linger all over the place.
- Scurrying Cockroaches – this is one of the important signs of an infestation. Once you observe a cockroach gliding around during the day, then you should take immediate actions. Roaches are nocturnal, and always love to move out to scavenge at night. For a cockroach to have left its hidden spot during the day means the nest has become overcrowded.
To fight these pests, you should do some preventive measures to get rid of them and also eliminate those which are already present in your house.
Do I have an infestation because of poor sanitation?
A lot of people often think an unkempt house is an invite to a cockroach parade. Although roaches love homes littered because it is an excellent source of food and water, even clean home can still be a right place for them to check out. Neat dwellings suffer roaches, probably because of the neighborhood with a roach infestation.
Roaches make use of the adjoining wall, water pipes electrical and ventilation systems to move around the house. They are in constant search for food and water, which is why homes with poor sanitation are like paradise with milk and honey for them.
Cleaning up leftovers and placing dirt in airtight airbags are effective ways to avoid inviting them over to your homes.