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Cockroach Poop: What Does it Look Like? (Real Pictures)

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Cockroaches—these creatures are the most dreaded thing anyone could see in their home. With their ability to reproduce at such high rates, cockroaches seem to invade a home and conquer it within a few months.

One of the biggest things you need to worry about if you have cockroaches is their poop. These creatures poop everywhere they go, leaving a trail of germs and filth wherever they go. So, let’s go through how to identify cockroach poop and explain why it’s so hazardous to your pets.

What Does Cockroach Poop Look Like?

The most common cockroach in North America is the German cockroach. The German cockroach is smaller than other cockroaches, meaning its poop is also smaller. Some cockroaches leave pellet-shaped poop, but German cockroaches leave tiny specks instead.

Cockroaches don’t excrete solid waste because their urine and feces mix together and get excreted as semi-solids. German cockroach scat usually looks like small stains or specks. People sometimes mistake them for coffee grounds.

If you are unsure if the droppings you see are from cockroaches, you can look up cockroach poop images on your web browser or phone. 

Cockroach Poop Pictures

A real image of cockroach poop, via Terminix:

Picture of cockroach poop

Cockroach vs. Mouse Poop: Difference Between Cockroach Poop and Mouse Poop

German cockroach droppings don’t resemble other types of poop, but the closest is mouse poop. When you think of cockroach poop vs. mouse poop, just remember the size difference. Mouse poop is about an eighth of an inch long with pointed ends. Usually, mouse poop is solid and not smeared.

German cockroach poop is much smaller and doesn’t have pointed ends. Instead, their poop looks like specks of dirt or dust. The most distinctive thing about cockroach poop is that it’s soft. Often, it will smear, leaving trails of poop where the cockroaches walk over it.

Roach Poop vs Termite Poop: The Difference Between Roach and Termite Poop

One difficulty in identification is that cockroach feces is so tiny that you may mix it up for other things. Termites, for example, leave a similar dropping behind. 

Color is the most obvious way that you can tell the difference between roach and termite feces. Cockroach poop attest that roach scat is dark brown, while termite feces is often beige. Both are about the same size and can resemble ground pepper. Termite droppings are usually more oval-shaped and can resemble sawdust instead.

Size, Texture, Shape, and Color

German cockroach feces is usually soft due to their affinity for moist areas and wet or rotten foods. German cockroach poop generally has a dark color, ranging from tan to an almost black shade. 

German cockroach poop is round, but its shape can be difficult to determine. That’s because it smears and spreads out due to its soft consistency. If you see cockroach scat before it smears, you’ll notice that it’s tiny, barely a millimeter wide. 

Is Cockroach Poop Hazardous for Pets?

Cockroach poop is among the most hazardous types of animal poop you can find in your home. Cockroach poop can carry more than 60 different diseases, the most prominent being:

These diseases can affect both pets and humans. If you think you have cockroaches in your home, cleaning up their poop isn’t enough. You need to contact a local pest control expert.

Pest control experts not only know how to rid your home of cockroaches, but they also know safe cleaning methods. Don’t try to clean up a large amount of cockroach poop alone because you risk picking up a nasty disease.

Cleaning Up

At times, identifying roach poop is tricky, but there are many tricks to recognizing it. Roach feces most closely resembles ground coffee, black pepper, or dark grains of rice. If you spot these things near places roaches typically hide, such as cupboards, fridges, or cabinets, you can safely assume that you have cockroaches. We recommend you contact professionals to deal with the infestation.

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Tips from Our Vets

Though it may seem weird to try to identify different animals’ feces, there are many cases where you may need to do exactly that.

Many home and property owners come across animal feces and are concerned about what animals may be lurking. Being able to identify the feces that wildlife and rodents leave behind will not only let you know what animals are in the area, but also can give clues as to how many of them are present.

At first, it can be distressing to find foreign looking animal feces in your home or on your property. Fears of aggressive or rabid animals, as well as the diseases they may carry are often the first worries.

Protecting your family and pets is of utmost importance. However, taking the time to correctly identify the feces is essential in assessing the threat or risk from the animals.

This research will also enable a home or property owner to devise an effective strategy for keeping any pest animals out of their homes, barns, or other areas where they are not welcome.

Scat Identification Techniques

  1. The first thing to do if you come across scat, or feces from animals, is to observe the location of the droppings. Notice where the feces are in relation to buildings, other structures, other animals, water, roads, and vegetation. Different animals will place their droppings in particular locations and this can be the first clue to identifying them.
  2. Next, observe the placement of the scat. Are the feces hidden or buried? Are they randomly dropped all over an area with seemingly little regard for placement, or are they tucked away in corners or neat piles? These factors can greatly narrow down the list of possible culprits.
  3. Note the size of the scat. If you are investigating feces found in your home or on your property, it is a good idea to obtain a ruler or tape measure that you can use to measure. Some animals’ feces may look identical to others from the same family, and size may be the only distinguishing feature. *REMEMEBR: animal feces can carry both diseases and parasites so they should never be handled without gloves.*
  4. What is the shape of the found fecal matter? Some shape characteristics to look for include if the feces are round, tapered at the ends, completely tubular, round pellets, twisted, or moist mounds.
  5. An additional clue to the species of animal leaving the scat is what is included in the feces. Berries, hair, seeds, and plant parts should all be looked for in the droppings. This information can be used to identify the animal that left it.
  6. Lastly, look around the area where you first identified the scat. In cases of feces from animals that have similar appearing feces to another species, it can be helpful to search for nearby footprints or tracks left by the animals. This can be used to confirm species.

Final Thoughts: Cockroaches & Your Pets

Cockroaches are disgusting pests. They poop everywhere and then track their fecal matter across your entire home, and if you have food-motivated pets they can cause a lot of issues. If you think you see cockroach feces in your home, don’t hesitate to call a pest control expert immediately.

Not sure about the droppings you’re seeing? Check out our other guides to animal scat:

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