Nobody wants cockroaches for roommates, but these gross insects are found in as many as 98% of homes in urban areas. Here are three signs that you're sharing your home with cockroaches.
You're suffering from allergy symptoms
If you're suddenly starting to suffer from allergy symptoms, like sneezing, coughing or itchy eyes, cockroaches may have moved into your home. Cockroach allergies are fairly common; they affect as many as 12% of people who aren't allergic to anything else and one-third of people who have other allergies.
If you don't see the roaches, you may think you're allergic to something else—like pollen or your dog—but the absence of visible roaches doesn't mean that you're not infested. Roaches like to hide in places like wall voids and crevices; however, just because you can't see them doesn't mean that their allergens aren't floating through your home.
Your house smells strange
Cockroaches produce pheromones to draw other roaches to the area, and if enough roaches are present, you'll be able to smell their pheromones. This smell has been described as oily or musky, though you may just notice that your house smells strange and unpleasant.
This odor can get into your food and give it an unpleasant odor. You may also notice the odor clinging to porous objects, like your clothes. If you notice that your house has taken on an unusual odor, you need to have your home inspected for cockroaches.
You find cockroach feces
The presence of cockroach feces is a clear sign that these pests are living in your home. They tend to go to the bathroom near their food sources, so your kitchen is a good place to start looking. Check your counters, inside your cupboards, under your fridge or microwave and in other similar areas.
If your kitchen tends to be messy, you may have trouble distinguishing the feces from other substances. The feces can look like either black pepper or ground coffee. Try to clean up spills in your kitchen quickly so that it will be easier to identify the cockroach pellets. If you're sure you've found feces, vacuum it up promptly and then wash the area with soap and water.
If you're suddenly feeling allergic inside your home, your house smells strange, or you see cockroach feces, your home may be infested with cockroaches. Contact a pest control company like Rice's Inc Termite & Pest Control right away before the problem can get any worse.