The very idea of cockroaches makes a lot of homeowners crazy. The sight of one crawling around the floor or in the kitchen sink is revolting to most people. It doesn’t matter that the cockroach is a marvel of evolution that has been here far longer than human beings and will probably outlast us. When you see cockroaches, you want them gone. But, how do you know you have an actual roach infestation?

You See a Roach

Few things are more disgusting than turning on the lights at home and seeing one or more of these creatures scurrying about. Roaches like to do their thing under cover of darkness, so you’ll most likely see them at night. If you spot one, rest assured that its friends and family are also nearby. If you see one during the day, that means the infestation is so bad that they’ve been forced out of hiding.

Your Neighbors Have Roaches

If your neighbors have roaches, especially if you live in an apartment, you probably have them too, or you will soon. Now is the time to take steps to keep cockroaches away from your home. Put down traps, put out bait, and plug up those tiny cracks where they can sneak in with steel wool. If the infestation is unbearable, call in a pest control professional. If you’re not squeamish about them, don’t kill harmless spiders, centipedes and lizards that live just outside your home. They’re fantastic at keeping down the roach population.

You Smell a Roach

A lot of roaches in the house give it a musty, fusty smell that gets worse as the infestation increases. Dead cockroaches also contribute to the stench because one of the byproducts of decomposition is oleic acid that starts to stink as it grows rancid. Incredibly, oleic acid is found in olive oil, and when it’s fresh and clean, it’s good for you.

You’ve Found Roach Droppings

Finding roach droppings at home tells you that you have an infestation. Cockroach droppings can resemble a spill of ground black pepper or appear as brown stains left on the countertop or in the sink. They can even look like oval pellets that resemble the droppings of mice.

These are the signs to watch out for that signal an infestation of cockroaches. It can be unnerving to imagine them eating their way through your home and depositing their droppings everywhere. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to keep the population in check.If you are ready to buy your dream home, let us help you find it!