Signs You May Be Dealing With A Cockroach Infestation In Your Charlotte Home
December 3, 2021
Every year, there are more than a billion cockroach encounters in the United States. Cockroaches generally live up to a year, and more than half of American homes have at least one cockroach infestation. Cockroaches are often confused with other insects but are a type of insect called an Insecta. Cockroaches have two antennae-like projections at the tip of their head called ocelli. Their bodies are segmented, flattened, and oval-shaped.
Cockroaches are dark brown, reddish, or tan. Their size is 1/2 to 5/8 inches in length, depending on the cockroach species. Cockroaches live the majority of their adulthood inside homes and outside as they feed on decaying organic matter and animal dung. They are very fast runners, and you might catch a glimpse of them in your Charlotte home scuttling away when exposed to light.
Cockroaches multiply quickly, with females can produce up to 12 egg cases (each containing about 16 eggs) in a single breeding period. Each egg case can take up to 50 days for eggs within it to hatch into nymphs, which themselves will mature over an additional 100 days.
7 Signs Of Cockroaches In Your Charlotte Home
You are likely to see signs of their presence before seeing the actual roach. Here's what to look out for:
1. The presence of cockroach skin, also known as nymphs exoskeletons. Cockroaches shed their skin several times before reaching adulthood.
2. Cockroach excrement or "frass" is another sure sign of an infestation.
3. Smear marks are usually found on walls, light fixtures, drawers, and cupboards. These can stain surfaces permanently if not wiped off immediately.
4. Wings are found between walls or behind objects. Cockroaches will tear off their wings if threatened. The cockroach will leave its wings behind before escaping to protect itself from being tracked down again.
5. A strong, musty odor.
6. Dead cockroaches.
7. Cockroach egg capsules, also called egg capsules or ootheca, are egg-like packages that are often seen in cracks and crevices in which cockroaches hide.
The Dangers Of Having Cockroaches In Your Home
Cockroaches will feed on just about anything and love warm and humid climates. Cockroaches are a major health concern because they transmit many diseases and germs, cause food poisoning and dysentery. Not only can they spread these diseases to humans, but also pets. Cockroaches carry pathogens on their bodies as well as in their feces and other waste products.
Cockroaches may bite and inject their saliva with germs and pathogens like salmonella, hepatitis, and E. coli. Their bites can cause mild irritation to the skin but may also cause more serious problems. Cockroaches also carry allergens called endotoxin that can cause health issues such as allergic reactions in humans and animals, for example, asthma.
Cockroaches are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of because they are found nearly anywhere. They are also small and can move very quickly, making it easy for them to evade detection. One of the best precautions you can take to prevent a cockroach infestation is to make sure your Charlotte home is clean and structurally secure.
Are you seeing the signs of a cockroach infestation in Charlotte but not sure how they are getting into your home or where they are hiding? The best thing to do if you spot signs of cockroaches is to call the residential pest control professionals at Aruza Pest Control.