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Signs Of Cockroach Infestation

Signs Of Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are not just unsightly; they also indicate poor sanitation that could ruin your reputation if you are in the food industry.

They should not invade homes as well because they can carry diseases as they contaminate surfaces.

The first sight of roaches should be a cause for concern because there might be a lot of them hiding in the dark areas of your home or place of business.

Stay on the lookout for these warning signs.

Cockroach itself

Perhaps seeing a cockroach drove you to suspect an infestation. Roaches are nocturnal insects so if you are thinking of finding them, try doing it at night in areas where it is dark and cold.

If you also see them in the day time there is a chance of a higher roach population.

P.S. Check out this article on how to get rid of cockroaches.


Cockroaches feed on almost anything from garbage to plant matter, dead skin cells, or even feces. They have a fast metabolism and their droppings are sure signs of their existence.

Depending on what type of roach is in your property, the feces will look like coffee grounds, tiny pepper to oval pellets.

A large amount of droppings is a good indicator of roach infestation. These may be common in kitchen sinks, behind refrigerators and stoves, cupboards, and food storage.

Roach eggs

Roaches are fast breeders. They are often betrayed by their eggs that they do not lay in singly. They produce ootheca or egg cases that we often see.

The ootheca is dark brown and about 8 to 10mm long. Each of these contains approximately 16 eggs depending on the species. German roaches produce up to 50 eggs in one ootheca.

The female cockroach deposits this egg case in a suitable environment. You can find these egg cases with or without eggs but roaches are smart enough to hide those with eggs in places that humans and pesticides are not likely to reach.

You can even spot mother roaches that carry their eggs with them for protection. You will be surprised to see empty or full ootheca in books or inside cabinets but they are common in any dark and protected area.


Roaches have that distinct pungent smell that also serves as evidence of their existence. This musty odor gets worse as the infestation gets heavier. They leave this odor because they secrete pheromones and they create odor trails.

The smell can come from live or dead roaches as the latter is known to produce oleic acid as they decompose. It is strong enough to linger in the air and serve as an indicator of an infestation.

The mentioned signs are the common indicators that are easy for untrained people to recognize. Professionals can read more evidence and provide effective treatments if you think you have an infestation.

Empire Pest Control offers dependable cockroach control in Malaysia. We have many years of combined experience in eliminating roaches and other pests and preventing future infestations.

Our service includes a thorough inspection and regular treatments that aim to meet your goals.

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