If you’ve ever seen a cockroach scurrying around in your home, you know how unpleasant it can be. Cockroaches are not only gross and creepy, but they can also cause a lot of damage to your home. Not only can they contaminate your food with their droppings, but they can also spread germs and harmful bacteria, cause allergies, and spread disease.

There are thousands of types of cockroaches in the world and about 69 different types of roaches in America. The most common you’ll find in your home include German cockroaches, American cockroaches, oriental cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches.

No matter what type of cockroach you find, you’ll want to get rid of it! Fortunately, there are some effective ways to get rid of any cockroach species in your home, which we’re going to talk about here. We’ll discuss how to identify the signs of a cockroach infestation, the best methods for getting rid of them, and how to keep them out of your home for good.

Signs of Cockroaches in Your Home

Maybe you haven’t seen a cockroach in your home yet, but you’ve started seeing some of these signs of their presence, you’ll want to take immediate action. Any of the hints below may be signs of infestation. Where there is one roach, there could be many, so you’ll want to treat any sign as if it’s a potential roach infestation in hopes that you’ll wipe out the cockroach population in your home and give you peace of mind before it actually grows out of control.

  • Unusual droppings: Cockroaches leave behind small, dark droppings that look like ground pepper or coffee grounds.
  • Unpleasant odors: Cockroaches produce a musty smell that can be detected in infested areas.
  • Shed skin: As cockroaches grow, they shed their skin, leaving behind small pieces of it in dark, moist areas.
  • Egg casings: Cockroaches lay eggs in egg casings that are brown, oval-shaped, and about 1/4 inch long.
  • Damaged items: Cockroaches can cause damage to items in your home by chewing through cardboard and paper.
  • Grease marks: Cockroaches leave behind dark, greasy marks on surfaces as they move around your home.

How Roaches Get Into Your Home

Your first thought when you see signs of roaches might be how did they get in here? It happens, cockroaches are one of the most common household pests and it doesn’t mean your house is dirty. You don’t have to be living in filth to end up with a roach problem. Here are some ways they can get into your home.

  • Open Doors and Windows: Roaches can squeeze through the smallest of openings and make their way into your home. Make sure to keep doors and windows closed and sealed, and if possible, install screens.
  • Small Cracks and Gaps: Roaches can find their way into your home through tiny cracks and gaps, around pipes, or through window frames. Seal any openings with caulk or a similar material.
  • Vents: Roaches can enter through air vents, so make sure to keep these sealed and screened.
  • Drains: Roaches can make their way up from the drains in your home, so make sure there are no gaps or cracks around these points of entry.
  • Groceries and Other Items: Roaches can be brought into your home on groceries and other items like furniture, boxes, and clothing. Make sure to check any items you bring in from outside.

What Attracts Roaches to Your Home?

One of the main things that attract roaches into your home is food sources. Roaches are scavengers and will eat almost anything, from pet food to food crumbs left on the counter or floor. They also like damp and warm places and will hang out near hot water pipes, behind refrigerators, or behind kitchen appliances.

Roaches are attracted to clutter because it gives them plenty of places to hide and easy access to food. Other things that may attract roaches include leaks, unmaintained garbage disposal, and dirty homes in general. Roaches are also attracted to certain smells like food, dish soap, or perfume.

Keeping a clean house may not necessarily keep roaches out, since they can end up in your house in a variety of ways, but when they don’t find food particles or other attractions they will be less likely to hang around.

I saw a roach in my kitchen, what do I do?

Whether you see live or dead roaches, you’ll want to spring into immediate action. Take the following steps for the best results.

Contact Pest Control Professionals

If you have seen a roach in your kitchen, the first thing you need to do is call BuzzOFF of Southwest Florida. When it comes to roaches, you don’t want to take a chance. Roaches are difficult to get rid of on your own, especially if you are dealing with an infestation. A professional pest control company like BuzzOFF will take care of the problem quickly and effectively so you won’t have to worry about a growing roach population in your home.

Home remedies and store-bought baits may be effective if you aren’t dealing with an infestation, but there is no guarantee and the population of roaches could be continuing to grow while you’re experimenting with DIY treatments. There is a big difference in store-bought and commercial-grade pest control and while we do often recommend courses of action that homeowners can take for certain pests, cockroaches are a much more difficult issue to address once they are present. 

A BuzzOFF treatment plan created by one of our pest control professionals is your best bet for eradicating any roach issues in your home and keeping them away in the future. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you still need to do around your home if you see a roach.

Do a Thorough Cleaning

Start by wiping down all surfaces, including kitchen counters, cupboards, and floors. Vacuum up any crumbs or food particles that may have accumulated, and scrub down all surfaces with a disinfectant. This will help to remove any potential food sources that roaches may be attracted to. 

Clean the rest of the house as well just as a preventative measure, especially if you have kids who might have made messes with food in places you haven’t seen. Cleaning your appliances is also important because roaches love grease and warm places. Be sure to clean these regularly and make them unwelcoming to these pests.

Get Rid of Cardboard 

Cardboard is a major attraction to roaches, as well as newspapers. If you have items stored in cardboard boxes in your home or garage, consider switching to plastic. Recycle old newspapers and don’t keep them around in the future. 

Seal Cracks and Gaps

Once you have finished cleaning, you should also inspect the area for any cracks or other entry points where roaches may be entering your home. If you find any, seal them up with caulk or another sealant. 

Repair leaks

If you have any leaks in your home they should be repaired immediately. Roaches like moisture and just a small drip every now and then is enough to give a roach all the water it needs to survive. Keep a regular check on your plumbing for any leaks. 

Get Superior Results with BuzzOFF of Southwest Florida

When it comes to roaches, you don’t want to guess at getting rid of them. Contact us online or call us at (239) 430-0097 today to schedule your free estimate and get a custom treatment plan to take back your home from a pest problem. BuzzOFF of Southwest Florida is a local, family-owned and operated business. We pride ourselves in meeting our customer’s exact needs with completely custom plans for more affordable and effective results.