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Five Telltale Signs You Have A Roach Infestation

There is a reason that the word “roach” has a derogatory connotation to it. These creepy crawlers are incredibly unpleasant, and their presence in your dwelling can also cause some severe health problems if left untreated. If you notice any of the five following signs of cockroaches in your residential or commercial property, contact cockroach control professionals in Toronto immediately to prevent turning an avoidable infestation into a larger one:

identifying a cockroach


Unfortunately, if neighbouring properties have a cockroach
infestation, it’s highly likely that your property will be next. This is especially
true if your home is in an apartment or condominium building and if your
workplace is in an office building or shopping complex. If you hear talk that
the people next door are dealing with a cockroach problem, start taking steps
to reduce the risk of developing your own infestation. These steps include
cleaning up food or drink spills right away, using sealed garbage cans, and
keeping outdoor trash cans sealed and far away from your door.

Another step you can take to avoid cockroach infestations from
neighbouring properties is to check to see if the building you’re planning on
moving into has or has had cockroach infestations. There are several online
databases you can refer to check past cockroach infestations in commercial and
residential properties.


Check your floor corners, cabinet tops and underneath major appliances like your refrigerator and stove for cockroach droppings if you’re concerned about a potential cockroach infestation. Typically, cockroach fecal matter looks like coffee grounds, minuscule specks resembling pepper, brown grains of rice or simply a brown stain. If you’re unsure whether or not there are cockroach droppings in a spot in your house or workspace, contact cockroach control experts right away. They will accurately identify whether or not you have a cockroach infestation.

Eggs or Eggs Casings

If you notice what you think are cockroach droppings in your house, ensure you additionally keep an eye out for eggs or egg casings. Cockroach egg casings are long, hollow and light brown and typically about the size of a grain of rice or an apple seed. Check the base of your refrigerator, in your pantry, near pipes or in any humid areas of your house. Cockroaches reproduce very quickly. Most egg casings contain at least 20 to 50 eggs, so if you notice eggs or egg casings in your home or office, you need to enlist the help of pest control specialists immediately to prevent a more significant infestation.


Another telltale sign that you may be dealing with a roach
infestation is a strong, pungent, musty and oily smell. Single cockroaches
typically do not leave a noticeable odour, but if there are several
cockroaches, you will definitely be able to detect a scent.

Seeing a Roach

Of course, the most obvious sign that you have cockroaches
in your home is when you actually see one. Roaches typically travel in packs.
Chances are there are more than one even when you only see one. Cockroaches are
nocturnal. If you suspect you are dealing with a cockroach infestation, walk
into your kitchen or washroom at night and turn on the light. If there are
cockroaches present, they will quickly scurry back to their hiding spots.

cockroach in a corner

Identifying Roaches

If you’re affected by even one of these specific signs,
your home or workplace likely has a cockroach infestation. If you’re unsure
what a cockroach looks like, the following are descriptions of the three most
prominent types of cockroaches:

German Cockroach Control

German cockroaches are the most common type of roach in Canada. They can be identified by the wide, flat and oval-shaped body. They are yellowish-brown, with two dark lines running from its wings to its head. Adults are typically 10 to 15 millimetres in length. They have wings but don’t fly.

german cockroach

American Cockroach Control

American cockroaches are the largest type of roach in Canada. They are approximately 30 to 40 millimetres in length. They can be identified by a reddish-brown, shiny body and long antennae.  They have wings, and a few of them will fly.

american cockroach

Oriental Cockroach Control

Oriental cockroaches can be identified by their very dark brown and almost black shiny appearance. They have a wide oval-shaped body. This type of roach is also known as a “water bug” because they are often found in dark, damp areas.

oriental cockroach

If you notice any of these signs of cockroaches in your home, contact Pestend Pest Control immediately. We can assist you in all of your cockroach control in Toronto issues. Pestend Pest Control offers highly affordable 100% money-back guaranteed cockroach extermination services in the Greater Toronto Area. Get a free quote for our pest control services now.