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Cockroach Infestation Signs

Cockroaches are nasty little insects. They have been around for thousands of years and are even thought to predate dinosaurs. This means that they are especially good at surviving many different hostile conditions. There are also over 4000 species of them worldwide.

Thankfully, in Maryland there are really only four species of roaches that will infest homes: the German, Brown-banded, American, and Oriental cockroach. But, how do you know when you have roaches in your home? Today, we answer this question by listing the most important signs of a roach infestation and tell you how to solve the problem.

Signs of Roaches

The best way to keep a roach problem from getting out of hand is to spot their presence in your home early. The following signs indicate a roach problem, consisting of german cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and oriental cockroaches. If you experience any or all of them, you should contact a reputable pest control company like Barefoot Pest Control.

You see a roach.

Probably the best sign that you have a cockroach problem is if you actual see a roach. This may be somewhat hard as roaches are nocturnal insects. But, witnessing them in your home at any hour is a sure sign that there are others that you don’t see living in your home.

You see roach droppings.

Just like physically seeing a roach in your home, finding roach droppings anywhere in your home is a 100% accurate way to tell if you have a roach problem. Since roaches come in different sizes, their feces be various sizes as well. But, all cockroach feces will have the relative shape and texture of ground coffee or black pepper.

You smell an unpleasant odor.

You may be wondering how an odor could indicate a roach presence, especially since there are many causes of odors in your home. A way to tell if an unpleasant odor in your home is due to roaches is if it has a musty smell or grows in intensity. The more roaches you have the worse and more intense the smell. As the smells continue to grow, and the cockroach infestations begin to grow you are likely to notice dead cockroaches around the property as generations come and go. 

Also, if you experience the musty smell in combination with some of the other signs on this list, you will know for certain that you have roaches.

You find egg casings.

As a final sign, the presence of roach egg casings or oothecae is a strong indicator that your home has a roach problem. You will recognize a oothecae by it oblong shape and brown color, when you find the egg casings in their hiding places. Roaches breed extremely fast and the roach eggs casings are left behind by the hatching roaches. You will find oothecae in pantries, behind furniture, or in other dark and protected areas surr.  

How to Get Rid of Roaches

Alright, so you have seen the signs of roaches and know that you have a problem. Now, what do you do? You can always buy roach traps and sprays at a store, but these will not guarantee the complete eradication of the problem. Your best bet is to call in professionals.

If you live in or around Waldorf, Maryland, call Barefoot Pest Control. These professionals are fully trained and certified and will provide prompt service and free inspections or estimates. Anyone with a roach problem needs to contact Barefoot Professional Pest Control today.

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When your doorbell rings, you can be confident that the person Barefoot Pest Control has sent to your home to take care of your control and extermination is a true professional. We carefully screen, background check, and conduct lengthy interviews with prospective employees. Barefoot Pest Control technicians also undergo extensive training, both in the classroom and on the job with a mentor, before they are allowed to work on their own. You can rest easy knowing that your problem is in good hands with Barefoot Pest Control.

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  • November 28th, 2019

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  • July 29th, 2019
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About Us

Barefoot Pest Control has proudly been providing expert pest control and bed bug control in Waldorf for over 7 years. During this time we've helped over 20,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their pest problems.

Barefoot Pest Control is a Waldorf locally owned and operated company; we take pride in servicing the community that we live in. We value your time, so when you call we'll schedule an inspection or service time that is convenient for you.

Our technicians are thoroughly screened during our interview process. We only hire professionals we would want to service our own homes. We background check and drug test all employees and make new hires go through extensive training both in the classroom and on the job before they can service a home or business alone. We also believe in and practice continuing education, ensuring our technicians are always providing the best service possible. You can rest easy knowing that when your door bell rings Barefoot Pest Control has sent a true professional to resolve your Waldorf pest issue.

Barefoot Pest Control provides a zero obligation free inspection and estimate in Waldorf. Our technicians will take the time and care to thoroughly explain the treatment options best suited for your particular problem. Our professional service is convenient as well as effective.

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