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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Stoddard

What Does Cockroach Poop Look Like?

cockroach infestation and cockroach feces

After being asked numerous times by various clients and consumers who wonder what cockroach poop looks like, I have decided to write a pest control blog. Being a local pest control company, we encounter many questions, but one we receive more than others are. What does cockroach poop look like? Read a little further, and learn the answer to that burning question. By the end of this blog post, you will understand what cockroach poop looks like, how to identify the differences between mouse poop vs. cockroach poop, cockroach egg identification, how to get rid of cockroaches, and everything you need to know about pest control.

Cockroach Droppings Identification

Cockroaches defecate numerous feces droppings wherever they frequent. With uncontrollable bowels, any surface they walk on will be contaminated with waste. The type of cockroach and size will determine what the cockroach poop will resemble. For the most part, cockroach poop looks like small coffee grounds, tiny specks of dark pepper, or even blackish brown grains of rice. The size of cockroach poop will vary depending upon the size and species of the cockroaches. German cockroach poop will be much small than American cockroaches | Palmetto bugs. Juvenile cockroaches will also have smaller droppings than adults.

How Do I Know If I Have A Cockroach Problem?

Suppose you notice little droppings that resemble coffee grounds, black pepper specs, or dark little rice appearance droppings behind your refrigerator, under kitchen cabinets, in cabinet drawers, cracks, and crevices, or in locations where countertops and cabinetry meet the walls; you probably already have a more significant infestation than you anticipated and need the help of a pest control company as cockroaches are allergies and asthma triggering bugs.

Why Are There Suddenly So Many Cockroaches In My House?

Great question! Cockroaches breed at a highly alarming rate. Young cockroach nymphs reach sexual maturity fast; along with inbreeding, they readily mate, resulting in cockroach infestations.

Cockroach Mouse Droppings

There are many times were people can misidentify mouse poop vs. roach poop. Many people can easily have this happen, as they resemble one another depending on cockroach species.

Mouse Poop

Mouse droppings resemble black dark grains of rice. Mouse poop ranges from an eighth of an inch to a quarter-inch in length with tapered ends. For a detailed article written by our Entomologist, read our pest control blog post titled "How to Identify Different Pest Poop".

Cockroach Poop

Cockroach poop has a dark brown, waxy appearance and texture, rounded edges, and have ridges on the sides. For a detailed article written by our Entomologist, read our pest control blog post titled "How to Identify Different Pest Poop".

Cockroach Eggs

Cockroach ootheca / Egg Capsule image

Cockroach egg casings, also known as Ootheca, look like pill-shaped capsules. The female cockroaches deposit the cockroach egg casings, which will hatch to reveal cockroach nymphs soon. Discarded cockroach egg casings typically have already hatched, resulting in the start of a cockroach infestation.

What If I Only Seen One Cockroach?

One cockroach is a rarity. There are more than likely hundreds more that are unseen and hidden. Cockroaches crowd themselves into small gaps and tight spaces. Many people don’t notice a cockroach infestation until it has become a more significant issue than they know. Employing a pest control service is the best way to keep a cockroach infestation from occurring. Regularly scheduled pest control visits not only help with cockroaches, but ants, spiders, and other general pests. If you live in Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Deland, Deltona, Debary, Sanford, St. Augustine, or any other locations in Volusia, Flagler, Seminole, or St. Johns Counties of Florida, give us a call. Imperial Pest Prevention is locally owned, certified, and provides pest control, termite control, tent fumigation, WDO inspections, and lawn spraying services We can help you understand how much pest control costs in Florida, and quote rates over the phone.


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