This is not a particularly exciting task but finding roach poop can be beneficial to how you deal with cockroaches in the long term. What if we told you finding cockroach poop is the key to getting rid of cockroaches. Where there is roach poop is where they congregate and close by is their food and water source. This is where you begin to treat your house and exterminate the cockroach populations in your home.
Where to find cockroach poop
As mentioned above cockroach poop is always close by their source of food and water. But cockroaches also leave their poop wherever they travel and eat. If you find a large amount of poop in one area they probably live there as well. Typically roach poop is found in the cupboards, room corners, in the storage rooms, inside the cabinets and under appliances. They also live in the pantry and garbage can or the compost area not to mention hiding in the baseboards and you will find their poop dotting those areas as well.
Unfortunately, roaches will defecate near your food sources because these are also their food source thereby contaminating your food.
How to identify cockroach poop
Fecal matter varies depending on the roach species you are dealing with. The smaller the cockroach, like the brown banded cockroach or the German cockroach, the smaller the size of their droppings. In fact, their droppings look like small coffee granules or black pepper granules. The larger species leave dropping that are cylindrical in shape and slightly larger in size. This is the poop you expect to see from the American cockroach and other larger species. Their poop is black in color, the size of a grain of rice and has a blunt end with ridges running through the face of the droppings.
Getting rid of cockroach poop
The best way to get rid of cockroach poop is by vacuuming the droppings off the surface where they lay. Just ensure the vacuum has a HEPA filter to reduce air contamination from the poop. Next clean the area with hot soapy water which will help loosen the smear of the droppings. Always wear gloves during the washing process to clean out the poop and keep your hands uncontaminated. Keep in mind that some of the dropping are along the walls and inside the walls so make sure that you eventually get a professional exterminator to get rid of the remaining fecal matter in the base boards and other hidden areas. If you don’t you may be leaving behind pheromone attractants that just call out to more cockroaches even when the original ones are gone.