Shit.

Is that… cockroach poop?

If it looks like this, then yep— it definitely is. 

What Does Cockroach Poop Look Like?

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Cockroach poop looks like you’ve accidentally sprinkled a tablespoon of coffee grounds or black pepper flakes around. 

But instead of your kitchen counter, you’ll find these little surprises in odd spots like your cabinets, drawers, or behind the fridge.

These are all the favorite hangouts for cockroaches to gather, chill, and, well, do their business.

Roach poop (weirdly enough, it’s called frass) can vary depending on the type of cockroach and what they’ve been munching on.

Is It Cockroach Poop or Mouse Poop?

picture of cockroach poop vs mouse poop

Roach poop can look a lot like mouse droppings, which can be confusing. 

But here’s the difference: 

Mouse droppings are bigger, smoother, and often have pointy ends like this

Cockroach poop is smaller, more irregular, and kind of granular. 

Also, if you find shed skins and egg casings, that’s a big hint you’ve got roaches, not mice!

How to Clean Up Cockroach Poop

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First things first: let’s get that gross stuff cleaned up.

  1. Gear Up: Put on gloves and a mask. You don’t want to be breathing in or touching any of this. 
  2. Disinfect: Grab a disinfectant spray and thoroughly clean the area, wiping away the poop and any other gross residue.
  3. Vacuum: Vacuum or sweep up any remaining bits, and make sure to dispose of the vacuum bag or dustbin contents outside.
  4. Seal: Find and seal any cracks or crevices where those little guys might be sneaking in.
  5. Wash Up: Wash your hands really well after you’re done.

Will I See Roaches While I’m Cleaning?

Maybe. Disturbing their hangout spots might send them scurrying. 

But cleaning and sealing up entry points can help keep them from coming back!

If you can’t bear to clean it, we can always do it for you if you’re in Tampa Bay!

What Chemicals Are Best to Use?

For disinfecting, you can use cleaners with bleach or ammonia.

Lysol or Clorox will usually do the trick!

However, most people don’t let these disinfected sprays sit on the surface long enough. 

You should let your Lysol spray sit for at least a minute to get the full disinfected benefits!

These sprays can be harsh and smelly sometimes, so make sure to use them in a well-ventilated area and follow the safety instructions on the label.

What Are the Best Organic Methods?

Don’t want to use harsh chemicals? We don’t either!

  • Diatomaceous Earth: Sprinkle this around baseboards and entry points. It dehydrates and kills roaches.
  • Essential Oils: Mix water with essential oils like peppermint or cedarwood and spray in roach-prone areas. These oils are natural repellents.
  • Natural Cleaners: Vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice are safe for your family and pets and can be used to clean and deodorize.
  • Botanical Insecticides: Try products with neem oil or pyrethrin to repel roaches naturally.
  • Homemade Baits: Make traps with boric acid, sugar, and flour to lure and kill roaches.
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How to Permanently Get Rid of Cockroaches in 5 Steps

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Dealing with cockroaches is like hosting an unwanted house party—except these guests don’t leave. 

Here’s how to kick these freeloaders out for good.

Step 1: Clean Like Your Mom’s Visiting

Roaches love messy, food-filled homes.

  • Clean thoroughly: Wipe down counters, sweep floors, and take out the trash regularly.
  • Store food properly: Keep food in sealed containers and don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight.

Step 2: Set Traps

Catch them in the act!

  • Sticky Traps: Place sticky traps in dark, damp areas where roaches like to hide.
  • Boric Acid Bait: Mix boric acid with sugar and flour for an organic approach. Place this bait in roach hotspots like the ones we talked about earlier. The roaches will eat it and, well, let’s just say it won’t end well for them.

Step 3: Seal the Entrances

Roaches are sneaky and can squeeze through the tiniest cracks.

  • Inspect your home: Check for cracks in walls, gaps around doors and windows, and holes in screens.
  • Seal the gaps: Use caulk or weather stripping to seal these entry points.

Step 4: Maintain Your Yard

Contrary to popular belief, a messy home isn’t the only reason for a cockroach infestation. 

Roaches often come from outside!

Once you seal any gaps inside, go around your yard and give it a clean-up, too! 

We recommend:

  • Trim plants and shrubs: Keep vegetation away from your house.
  • Clear debris: Remove any piles of leaves, wood, or trash from your yard.

Step 6: Call in the Pros (If Needed)

Sometimes you need the big guns.

If your roach problem persists, consider hiring a pest control company— like us!

For example, we like to use techniques like Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which combines biological controls, habitat modification, and natural repellents 

  • Beneficial Insects: Aka we introduce good bugs that eat roaches.
  • Habitat Modification: Changing conditions to make your home less inviting to roaches.
  • Botanical Insecticides: Using plant-based sprays to target roaches.

These methods help keep your home roach-free without making your family suffer through breathing in those awful chemicals.

Getting rid of roaches permanently isn’t a sprint—it’s a marathon. Stay consistent with these steps, and you’ll have a roach-free home in no time. 

Cockroach Poop FAQs

How Big Is Cockroach Poop?

Cockroach poop is tiny, usually no bigger than a grain of rice. 

The size can change depending on the roach species and what they’ve been eating.

How Toxic Is Roach Poop?

Roach poop itself isn’t poisonous, but it can carry allergens and bacteria that can trigger asthma and allergies. 

According to one of our pest control collegues, “The saliva that cockroaches continually secrete contains hundreds of allergens that can cause rashes, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.”

And since cockroaches carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites, you’ll want to clean up thoroughly and quicky  

WebMD says:

“Roaches can also contaminate your food, utensils, and even the surfaces where you prepare your food. This may cause health hazards such as food poisoning and infections.

What Do Cockroach Stains Look Like?

Cockroach stains look like dark, smudgy streaks or spots on walls, floors, and baseboards. 

These stains show up in places roaches like to hang out, like kitchen cabinets, countertops, and baseboards. 

They’re caused by roach poop and body oils. If you see these, along with shed skins and egg casings, it’s a sign of a roach party at your place.

Are you tired of these unwanted guests crashing your home? Talk to Nick and Eric from My Organic Turf! Our science-based approach keeps kids and pets safe while effectively dealing with rodents.