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If I See One Cockroach, Do I Have An Infestation?

October 23, 2023 Bug Baron Cockroach Control
If I See One Cockroach, Do I Have An Infestation?

A cockroach infestation can make you uncomfortable in your own home. But before you have a serious problem, there are steps you can take to prevent an infestation from developing. The presence of one cockroach does not necessarily mean there are thousands more in your walls, but cockroaches can multiply quickly and if you don’t act immediately, it’s quite possible the cockroach population in your home will grow. If you see a cockroach in your home, it is time to take some preventative steps to make sure it doesn’t hang around, and treat your home to make sure there aren’t more cockroach buddies  soon to follow.


Preventing cockroach infestation starts with keeping your home tidy and clean. Cockroaches much prefer a cluttered, messy home that has places with water leaks and available trash to skitter through. Doing your part to keep certain areas of your home clean will go a long way in keeping cockroaches out of your home.

Your indoor and outdoor trash:

  • Food scraps and food trash can be a big attraction for cockroaches so take out stinky trash, even if the can isn’t completely full, to not entice cockroaches to come inside.
  • Be sure to empty all trash cans promptly when full.
  • Keep your outside trash away from the house.

Cleaning and food storage:

  • Sweeping after each meal and wiping down countertops is a great way to discourage cockroaches from coming around. Adding a deterrent scent like tea tree oil to your countertops will go a step further in keeping cockroaches from creeping around your kitchen.
  • Storing all your pantry items in an airtight container will prevent cockroaches from getting into your food. This will also prevent cockroaches from infecting your food with bacteria that could get you sick.


  • Cockroaches love a moist environment. A drippy faucet or a humid basement is just the place to find cockroaches. Stay on top of plumbing repairs and use a dehumidifier in rooms that have a lot of moisture in the air.

Preventing an infestation

Unfortunately, neighbors, especially in an apartment situation, can draw cockroaches to your home even if you follow all of the prevention tips.  If you start to see cockroaches around your home and you see other evidence that your close living neighbors don’t keep a pristine home, do not hesitate to call an experienced pest control professional.

If you live in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, our team at Bug Baron Exterminator are ready to eliminate every last cockroach in your home so you can relax once again. If you have a cockroach infestation or want to prevent an infestation from developing, give Bug Baron Exterminators a call today.