are unwelcome anywhere, but are particularly concerning in areas where food is handled.
live and breed in unhealthy environments like garbage and sewer systems.
from those places into homes and businesses, endangering the health of people who come into contact with it.
They carry bacteria
have a responsibility to protect customers from the consequences of cockroaches.
Food service facilities
routinely shut down facilities where cockroaches are discovered.
And health departments
Roach infestations leave some obvious signs and some not-so obvious ones...
Finding living or dead roaches is an obvious sign of infestation, but what do roaches look like?
food service infestations are those from the American, Oriental, and German cockroach species.
The most common
are a large, reddish brown species. They often enter facilities through drains and sewer grates.
are large and dark in color. Like the American roach, they enter food facilities through grates and drains.
are small and tan-colored. They often enter facilities through food and supply deliveries.
are extremely good at hiding, the only time you're likely to see one...
Since all 3 species
has already occurred.
...is if an infestation
Roach droppings look like ground black pepper, coffee grounds, or unsightly brown or yellow smears.
anywhere roaches have been. They appear on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
You'll find roach droppings
Roaches leave tiny egg cases that vary in color from tan to nearly black.
and typically well-hidden. You may find them underneath appliances and in corners of storage rooms.
Cockroaches leave a certain smell behind.
as musky or oily, it becomes increasingly intense as an infestation worsens.
Cockroaches are prolific breeders, and you may encounter their tiny wingless nymphs.
as they mature, you may find discarded cockroach shells, and pieces of shells.
Since they molt
eat their dead, you may find cockroach body parts that haven't been totally consumed.
a creature that looks like a cockroach, but is creamy white in color. This is a cockroach mid-molt.
Rarely, you may find
infestation calls for immediate action.
Any sign of a cockroach
report the issue to a supervisor.
If you're an employee,
or an owner, contact a pest control company to provide a solution.
If you're a manager
If you need to learn more about types of cockroach infestations