In general, roach droppings look like little black or dark brown pellets, very similar in appearance to coffee grounds or crushed pepper. When fresh, these pellets are usually round or oval and, unlike coffee grounds or pepper, these pellets stick to surfaces and might smear.
That's because these roaches consume filth which is greasy or pasty. The smear marks are either black or reddish-brown, and roaches indiscriminately leave them wherever they crawl. Yes, roaches are indiscriminate poopers, and they discard on places like your bed, food, upholstery, and even on the walls.
In areas with high moisture, cockroaches will produce dark, irregular shaped smear marks as they crawl along walls or even when they rest. You may see these marks on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches are most active.
If you step on a cockroach, the white stuff that comes out is fat body tissue which looks white because they store uric acid there as a form of storage excretion. They have microbes in their fat body that on demand can recover nitrogen from uric acid, which is normally thought of as an end point nitrogenous waste.
2. Smear Marks. In addition to droppings, cockroaches tend to leave streaks behind. You can often find these markings on walls; they are dark, irregular smears, you can find in areas where they are most active.
The most common places for a roach nest in the house are in kitchens or bathrooms, particularly behind refrigerators, in cracks and crevices, and under furniture. Roaches prefer a warm, humid environment, so these places should be considered first, especially if they are close to a food source and water supply.
Borax is a readily-available laundry product that's excellent for killing roaches. For best results, combine equal parts borax and white table sugar. Dust the mixture any place you've seen roach activity. When the roaches consume the borax, it will dehydrate them and kill them rapidly.
WHAT DO COCKROACHES SMELL LIKE? The signature cockroach smell — the one they emit while still alive — has been described as oily, musty, and even sweet in some cases. Roaches use their unpleasant odor to communicate with each other, helping them find food, safe places to live, and breeding opportunities.
The myth that killing a cockroach will spread its eggs isn't true, but killing a cockroach with force can attract more. But that can be used to your advantage if it brings bugs out of hiding to be eliminated.
Cockroaches are omnivores that eat plants and meat. They have been recorded to eat human flesh of both the living and the dead, although they are more likely to take a bite of fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands. The bites may cause irritation, lesions and swelling. Some have suffered from minor wound infections.
Droppings. Roaches leave their black feces in many places. Small roaches leave little black specks, but large cockroaches, like the American cockroach, can leave feces that are large enough to make you think you have a mouse infestation. If you know where to look for feces, you can detect cockroaches early.
Cockroaches produce a large number of feces. They can poop anywhere they go, but their droppings tend to remain close to their nesting or feeding areas. Roach droppings look like specks of pepper, coffee grounds, or dark grains of rice. The size of the feces is directly related to the size of the cockroach.
Moisture. Roaches need moisture to survive and this search for water will bring them into even the cleanest of homes. Leaky pipes and faucets are one of the most common attractants for cockroaches and is one of the main reasons you often see them in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
Smaller roaches leave behind brown or black specs which range in appearance from coarse coffee grains to finely ground black pepper. They can also appear as brown or black fecal stains, or even as a dark ink, depending on the roach and the surface. These stains might also appear as smears and are sometimes raised.
When a roach is dying, its high center of gravity pulls its back towards the floor. Its rounded back and weakened muscles prevent it from righting itself, especially on smooth surfaces, which results in it flipping. This is the simple reach why cockroaches die on their backs.
Why Do Flying Cockroaches Fly Toward You? If you think flying cockroaches are flying right toward you, they actually aren't. Most cockroach species aren't good "flyers," and what you take as them flying toward you is actually just them being startled and gliding uncontrollably in a certain direction.
Can Cockroaches Play Dead? Cockroaches can, indeed, play dead. Many have reported seeing cockroaches stay completely still (sometimes even roll onto their backs) until a human presence or threat has gone away. Once they detect the coast is clear, the cockroach will flip back onto its feet and scuttle away to safety.
Roaches themselves do not produce any smells that are comparable to urine. However, you may confuse the smell of mildew or rot with urine. The cockroaches may also be coated in urine. Since these pests have no issue walking through unclean areas, there's no telling what covers their body.
Your best bet for finding roach eggs is to look near things that adult cockroaches like, such as food, water, and cardboard. Check for them in kitchens where there is plenty of food and water. And bathrooms where drips and condensation make water easy to find.
Odors: When cockroaches infest a home, they often create a smell that is very noticeable. This odor is hard to describe. If you're noticing a smell that you would describe as "unpleasant," it may be cockroaches.
Fogging systems are great at killing roaches on contact, but foggers can actually push the majority of them further into their safer hiding places. Fogging or bombing roaches creates a long-term problem for you and your loved ones that will not go away.
Because cockroaches dislike light, they disappear during the daytime to dark places, including the undersides of appliances like stoves and refrigerators, underneath sinks or other installations, near plumbing, inside light switches and behind wall paneling or doorjambs.