What I'm Seeing Now


Roach Infestation

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.



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 6 commentsJay Markanich • October 10 2016 03:04AM


Wow, that is a big roach. I had no idea about the Black Widow spider link. Ick.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 4 years ago

Jay Markanich That one there is a youngin' according to my experience here in Sunny  Florida!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for giving me the creepy crawlies!  I understand completely the need to leave tool bags outside the house.  Those little buggers get into everything.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 4 years ago

Hi Jay - Nice, but he's about 1/3 the size of the flying roaches we had in South America. They're why we slept under a mosquito net.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 4 years ago

Roaches are a terrible problem, I know from my own experience! They got in our condo when someone moved in next door! They came through the wall. We had the German variety. My exterminator told me the German are harder to get rid of than the American. I had to gas the condo twice to get rid of them. My exterminator also said lack of cleanliness is not the cause of them. He said they ar not indigenous to most of North America! He said they are always brought in in boxes, bags etc. He did say however that the more unkempt a home is the faster they spread and the harder they are to get rid of!

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) almost 4 years ago

Tom - people don't realize that roaches are a favorite food of spiders, particularly the Black Widow.  I was in a house once with about 2 million roaches, and the Black Widow spiders were everywhere in the unfinished basement!  I have heard that the German roach is a big problem.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

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