Roaches are one of the most common household pests people deal with each year. In fact, more than 14 million households had roaches in 2020 alone. What most people don’t realize is that roaches can also infest businesses and office buildings.
As a business owner, you want to protect your building from damage and keep the space clean for clients and customers at all times. And the best way to do that is to deal with roach infestations as soon as they start.
So, how can you tell if you have an active infestation on your property? Watch for these common roach infestation signs in your office.
1. A Strange, Musty Odor in the Building
Believe it or not, roaches produce an odd, musty odor when they infest your space. And the more roaches there are, the stronger that smell will be. Pay attention to the way each room smells, especially in areas that roaches like to live in like cabinets, under appliances, and in dark corners of your office.
If you smell something off-putting, check for any visible causes like water leaks, mold, mildew, and even old bits of food. If you can’t identify the cause of the smell, call an exterminator as soon as you can. They’ll inspect your building and help you get rid of roaches once and for all.
2. Shed Skin
Roaches grow rapidly as they reach adulthood and, as a result, shed their skins several times until they reach full adult size. When they shed, they leave their skin behind throughout your building.
Start looking around your office and see if you notice any roach-shaped paper-thin skins on the floor or inside cabinets.
Finding one or two shed skins shouldn’t be cause for alarm, but it’s still best to start thinking about hiring an exterminator for your business. The sooner you can treat the property for roaches, the less likely it is that the infestation will spread.
3. Seeing Roaches Indoors
One of the most telling and obvious signs of roaches you’ll need to watch for is the roaches themselves. If you see a living roach skittering along the floor or crawling around in a cabinet, you’ll want to take action quickly.
That single roach may not indicate that you have a full-blown roach infestation in your office. But it does tell you that you’re at risk for one in the future.
The best thing you can do is schedule an inspection with your pest control specialist. They let you know if you’re dealing with a full bug infestation or if you just need to establish a perimeter to keep roaches from nesting in your building.
Watch for These Roach Infestation Signs
Dealing with a roach infestation in your office is something no business owner ever wants to deal with. While you can’t keep them out permanently, you can reduce your risk of infestations as long as you watch for these common roach infestation signs.
As soon as you spot a single sign, call your exterminator and let them assess your building’s risk factors and create a solid treatment plan for your business.
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