Just because you never see roaches in your Florida home doesn't necessarily mean that you do not have these disgusting insects living inside your walls. Cockroaches can live inside homes, unnoticed, for years, causing all kinds of problems from asthma to a whole host of illnesses and diseases. They come out at night, when it is dark to eat whatever crumbs have been left behind in the kitchen; but long before you roll out of bed, those filthy little critters are back all squished and piled together inside your wall voids.
How can you know you have roaches if you never see them?
There are four things you can look for, listen for, or smell for to see if you have roaches living in your house.
Shells: Cockroaches multiply faster than rabbits, even faster than fruit flies. No kidding. One female cockroach can carry as many as 40 eggs at a time and give birth to 300 to 400 babies every year! When she is forming the eggs, a protective shell, called an ootheca, forms on her body, which houses the developing eggs. Before the eggs hatch, the ootheca falls away. If you have roaches hiding inside your walls, you might find these shells littered around your home.
Smells: To attract mates, cockroaches give off a chemical called pheromones, and cockroach pheromones are particularly strong. If there are enough of them, they will emit a strong, oily, repulsive smell. Most cockroach infestations are first detected because of this smell.
Sounds: There are some cockroaches that actually chirp or hiss. It is possible, especially late at night, to hear these sounds coming from inside cockroach-infested walls.
Feces: Cockroaches leave behind feces that look like dirt particles or black pepper. If you notice a large amount of this, it either indicates a large number of roaches or an infestation that has been present for a long period of time.
The problem with roaches, seen or unseen.
When cockroaches venture out at night, whatever they touch can become contaminated with bacteria, parasitic worms, and human pathogens. The bacteria they carry have the potential to cause urinary tract infections, dysentery, diarrhea, pneumonia, cholera, polio, septicemia, and more.
If you want to be absolutely sure that your home is roach free, consider calling a professional pest control company. McCall Service has the experience and tools needed to detect and eliminate roaches, and a whole host of other unwanted household pests, from your Florida home. Treatment options for household pests start as low as $29.99/month. This plan includes the initial treatment (interior and exterior of your home) and quarterly pest control service. Pests covered include ants, roaches, spiders, wasps, silverfish, ticks, and more. So… If you want to find out for sure if there are disease-causing cockroaches (or anything else) living inside your walls, give us a call. We know how to protect Florida homes from roaches.