One of the most problematic insects is the cockroach. When you spot one inside your home, it’s likely that it’s hiding somewhere else, so it’s important to identify and eliminate these insect nests as soon as possible.
Each species of domestic cockroach prefers a different area of the house. The Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources states that identifying the type of cockroach is important in order to better control their spread.
Cockroaches are attracted to pockets of dirt where food waste or garbage is stored where they can live and feed. This allows them to become transmitters of germs and infections such as E. coli gastroenteritis or salmonella through food contamination. According to Saber Vivir, it is even more serious in developing countries and they can spread leprosy, cholera or dysentery.
Of course, eliminating these insects is a challenge, as they are not easy to eliminate, however, there are remedies that work, such as baking soda or garlic, but they will be useless if we do not identify the nests first. Here are some keys to quickly find their hiding places.
Signs that indicate that there are cockroaches in the house
Here are some signs that allow us to know the places where spoonbills hide:
- Cockroaches droppings. The feces of these insects are black in color and hardly 1 mm long. If the cockroach is large, the excrement is cylindrical and can be up to 15 mm long.
- Egg Capsule. These residues are an indication of where the cockroaches are in the house. These insects lay these oval-shaped capsules with many eggs in them and are most commonly seen when the young (nymphs) hatch.
- Skin splinters shed their skin as they grow. If you have cockroaches in your home, you can find these shells of different sizes, they look like balls of skin and you can find them in different places.
- Cockroaches. Seeing one doesn’t necessarily mean you have an infestation, but they reproduce very quickly, so it’s important to act quickly to destroy them.
Where can cockroaches hide in the house?
According to American Pest Control, it is important that you check places where these insects are likely to find easy and quick food. some of them are:
- Kitchen: In the kitchen you should check under drawers, inside corners of cabinets, under and behind the fridge, cracks or crevices on the floor, and the sink or pantry.
- In the basement: If you have a basement, it is important that you check this space, as it is one of the favorites of these insects because it is dark and moist.
- In the bathroom: This is one of their favorite places because of the humidity. They can hide in a false ceiling, a crack in a wall or tile, or in a drain in a sink, shower, or bathtub.
- In the laundry room: Look behind and under the washer and dryer
Now that you know some of the most common places these bugs hide, you can use home remedies such as baking soda, borax, roach insecticide, or chemical gels to attract and eliminate them.