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No one wants to take the time to search for cockroach poop, but doing this can actually help you to stop infestations and even diseases. If you find any roach poop, and you are likely to find where the roaches are going. You will also be able find out where their water and food source is, which gives you the upper hand. Anywhere that you find a large amount of droppings, will give you the ground zero area where you will need to start your control methods.
How You Can Identify Roach Poop
Cockroach poop is easy to spot, which makes the most common evidence of roaches. Smaller roaches will leave black or brown specks which will range in appearance from finely ground black pepper to coarse coffee grounds. They may also show up as black or brown stains, or they can be as dark as ink, depending on surface and the type of roach. These stains may also show up as smears and may be raised.
Larger roaches will leave behind solid poop that is shaped like cylinders. This matter will be black or brown, depending on the type of roach. The droppings will have ridges around the poop. These ridges can help you to tell the difference between mouse and roach droppings. Mouse droppings are a bit larger and will sometimes have short hairs in them.
Small roach species include brown banded roaches and German roaches. These happen to be the most common within the U.S. Larger roaches include smoky brown roaches, Oriental roaches and American roaches. Both can be really intimidating because of their size. Young roaches will leave behind the smallest droppings, which are called specks. Young roaches will leave cylindrical and ridged droppings. They will be a lot smaller than the adult droppings, which may be as big as a grain of rice.
Where To Look For Cockroach Droppings
Cockroaches will literally poop wherever they want. They don’t just have a specific area to use the bathroom, though they do have places where it is more likely to happen. They will frequently poop near their food sources, gathering areas or nesting places. Unfortunately, their food sources are often near or in your food, it could become contaminated and diseases my spread.
Cockroach poop is found everywhere that a roach is. If you have seen one run behind a picture on the wall or under your bed, then you will most likely find droppings there. Common places that you can find droppings include:
- Inside of drawers, cabinets, closets, pantries and other food storage areas
- Along baseboards or in the corner of rooms
- Children’s playpens, toy chests, and other things that sticky hands may touch
- On top of cabinets, doors, shelves and other high objects that provide a hidden entryway
- Any openings or cracks in the walls, structure, or floors
- In storage areas that may have organic storage materials like paper or cardboard boxes
- Under and behind stoves, sinks, dryers, washers and refrigerators
Why You Need To Look For Roach Droppings
Cockroach poop has been shown to increase the severity and instance of asthma and has been acknowledged by the EPA as an asthma trigger. The poop also adds to the musty odor of an infestation. Besides that, do you really want your children or pets having contact with roach poop?
If you still need a reason to search your home for roach poop, know that ignoring it will just cause more roaches. There is a pheromone in roach poop. It acts like a summoning beacon for other roaches. Pest control professionals use this to their advantage. They will place bait in areas near roach poop so that more roaches will have contact with the poison. The more that they respond to the pheromone that is left behind, the more that they will die.
How To Remove Roach Poop
To remove the cockroach poop, start with vacuuming up loose droppings from the area. Using vacuums that have a HEPA filter, could cut down on airborne contaminants. Ensure that you are disposing of the vacuum contents immediately, while keeping sanitation in mind. Next, use hot soapy water to wipe down all the surfaces. If you have smears or stains present, try to remove as much of them as possible.
This will not only remove the roach poop; it will also remove the musty odor as well as pheromones. Although, it does take a completely thorough search followed by some really heavy duty cleaning methods. Roaches may also travel and poop inside of your walls. So, even if you find and clean up all of the poop in your home, there may still be infestation areas that you can’t reach, clean, or see.
That is why the best way to remove all traces of roach poop, is to remove the culprits.