If you have ever experienced a cockroach infestation, you will know how bad it can be but it takes quite sometime for a lot of people to realise that their house is home to them.
It goes without saying that seeing any cockroach in your home is not exactly an ideal situation. But there’s a big difference, in terms of grossness factor, between that cockroach being a loner or that cockroach being one of the hundreds infesting your home.
There is one simple tip that can help you figure out if seeing a cockroach is a one-time deal, or if you’re dealing with a bigger, problem. Just approximate the size of the bug—if it’s longer than an inch, it’s probably “an outside cockroach that found its way into your house.
If it’s shorter, it’s probably living in your house with lots of friends, and it might be time to call the exterminator. While we are not suggesting that you grab a ruler and measure the length of the roach in your kitchen, but eyeballing it should be enough to estimate whether or not it’s longer than an inch.
Keep in mind however that our tip isn’t the golden rule and seeing a cockroach bigger than an inch doesn’t automatically mean it’s a one-and-done situation.
However, it is true that the type of cockroaches that’s most frequently responsible for home infestations is usually smaller than an inch. They are known as German cockroaches, and they can breed very rapidly and average about 0.6 inches in length.
Another common culprit of home infestations is the brown-banded cockroach, which is even smaller and prefers dry spots, like walls and ceilings.
As for the big bugs, they are not that common inside homes, but if you see one, you’ll know. Another type of larger roach, smoky brown cockroaches, prefer damper environments, but are attracted to light and will enter homes when they see it.
If you prefer being safe to sorry when it comes to pest control, you might want to call in the experts no matter how big the bug, especially since all types can carry harmful bacteria. But if you see a roach that’s on the smaller side, it’s definitely more likely that it’s one of many.