I have a line in my inspection reporting program called, "Roach Infestation."
From there I can go on to describe where the infestation was noticed.
In this house the roaches were hard to miss!
Sometimes the roach infestation is so bad I do not want to place my tool bags on the floor! A couple of times I have left everything on the front porch!
This guy stopped long enough for me to snap a photo. The yellow band behind his head identifies him as an American Roach.
He is almost as long as my thumb! So I named him Tom Thumb.
What people don't realize is that roaches are the favorite food of a number of different species of spiders. And in particular the Black Widow spider. So I was particularly wary when we walked into dark areas, looking for them and their distinctive, cream-colored eggs. They hide well and I did not run into any.
Roaches get this big because they are well fed. Sure, they prefer starches, sugars and meat. But they will also eat cellulose (they love cardboard), hair, and old magazines and books.
The house was vacant, and mostly empty of the former owner's stuff, but it was very dirty and there were belongings hanging around in closets and the rooms, including boxes that I did not look into.
My recommendation: some things are indicators of other things! Seeing roaches indicates a lot - the general unkempt dirtiness of the previous owner, trash, and spiders! Roaches are hard to get rid of, requiring multiple visits from the pest company to continue spraying because eggs can survive the poison and hatch. A female American roach produces an average of 150 young. Yummie.
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