Cockroach Poop (Roach Droppings): What does it look like.

Spotting cockroach poop in your kitchen requires immediate attention, people confuse it for mouse droppings or mere debris.

Ever seen specks or dark crumbles in your house corners or old boxes? You might be looking at cockroach poop, also known as roach droppings. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! They make everyone aware of their presence everywhere they go. 

So, how can you tell the difference between dirt and a disgusting roach poop? Well, Let’s find out in this post.

What do Cockroach Droppings look like?

Cockroach droppings

Cockroach poop comes in different sizes, bigger roaches leave behind bigger droppings, which look like dark brown or black cylinders, about the size of a grain of rice. Some have little ridges running along their sides. 

On the other hand, smaller roaches leave behind specks that look like coarse coffee grounds or even finely ground black pepper.

The color varies a little too, depending on what the roach has been snacking on. But it’s usually some shade of brown or black. Fresh droppings are a bit darker and even smudge a little if you touch them (but maybe use a tissue for this!). Older droppings are lighter in colour and drier.

What Attracts Cockroaches?

So you’ve identified cockroach poop, but what exactly is attracting these insects to your place in the first place? Like any other living thing Cockroaches love a place with three key ingredients: food, water, and shelter. Let’s break it down:

  • Leftovers: Crumbs on the counter, forgotten spills, or that half-eaten bag of chips hiding in the pantry – it’s all a feast for a roach.
  • Dirty dishes: Leaving dirty dishes in the sink or on the table overnight is like putting out a welcome sign for roaches. Food residue is a delicious snack they can’t resist.
  • Water: Roaches need moisture to survive, so leaky faucets, dripping pipes, and even condensation under the fridge bring them out.
  • Garbage: Cockroaches look for food around an overflowing trash can or a forgotten fruit bowl and leave their poop scattered about the place.
  • Cardboard: Roaches love to hide in dark, cramped spaces. Cardboard boxes piled high and stacks of old books are roach apartments.

Where can you Easily Spot Cockroach Droppings?

what attracts cockroach poop

Since roaches are messy insects that scatter their droppings about, you will find their poop trails where they have the most activity. Below are places you have a high chance of spotting roach droppings:

  • kitchen – counters, under the cabinets, near the stove and behind the fridge.
  • Bathrooms – sink, behind the toilet, and around any leaky pipes.
  • pantries, drawers with food storage, and inside cabinets where you keep snacks.
  • dark, cramped spaces behind appliances, under furniture, and in any cluttered areas. 
  • Cardboard boxes piled.

Does Cockroach Poop have a Smell?

The truth is, on its own, roach droppings don’t have a strong smell. They have a faint musty odor, but it’s not strong enough to notice unless you get close.

So your nose is filled with dread, Will that unpleasant, musty odour linger forever? 

If you’ve only found a few droppings and acted quickly to clean them up, the smell won’t be too strong and should fade away with thorough cleaning. 

Now, if you’ve discovered a full-blown roach party and the odour is quite noticeable, it will take a little more effort. Here’s why: roaches not only leave behind droppings, but they also emit pheromones, the tiny scent signals for other roaches. These pheromones cause that lingering musty smell.

Is Cockroach Poop Harmful?

Finding roach droppings in your home is gross. But can roach poop make you sick? The answer is, YES, but it’s not an immediate cause for panic.

Roaches like to scurry around in all sorts of dirty places. So, their hairy legs pick up all kinds of bacteria and germs. When they leave behind droppings, those germs hitch a ride.

So, if you inhale roach poop dust or accidentally touch it and then your eyes or food, there’s a chance you could get sick. 

Symptoms might include diarrhoea, vomiting, or allergic reactions.  Young children and people with weakened immune systems are more at risk of these complications.

How do you know if you are Infested with Cockroaches?

So you’ve learned all about cockroach poop here already, but how do you know if you’re under a full-blown roach infestation attack?  Here are some red flags to watch out for:

  • If you constantly find cockroach poop in various places around your house, it’s a strong sign roaches are more than just passing visitors.
  • Do you hear a creepy scurrying sound at night? Roaches are nocturnal, so nighttime activity might indicate an unwelcome roach party.
  • Roaches shed their skin as they grow. Keep an eye out for tiny brown exoskeletons – basically, roach shells – around your home.
  • If you spot small, brown, capsule-shaped egg cases tucked away in dark corners, that’s a definite sign you have a breeding population of roaches.
  • The most obvious sign? Seeing actual live roaches scuttling across the floor or darting behind appliances.

How do you get rid of Cockroach Poop?

how to get rid of cockroach droppings

Here’s how to get rid of cockroach dropping permanently and easily tackle it safely and effectively:

  • Before you get scrubbing, wear some gloves and a disposable face mask.
  • Avoid sweeping the droppings, as it will stir up dust and spread germs.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to suck up the droppings. This will trap any dust particles and prevent them from spreading.
  • For any leftover residue or droppings in tight spaces, use a damp paper towel with hot, soapy water or a disinfectant solution.
Edet Ubok-Obong
Edet Ubok-Obong

Edet Ubok-Obong is an experienced Writer with a deep passion for Gardening, Fishing and home improvement. He shares his knowledge of these fields through this website.