What Does Cockroach Nest Look Like?

It’s an unsettling feeling when you spot a cockroach in your home. Roaches produce a scent that attracts other roaches to the area. It's not uncommon to find large numbers of roaches nesting together in a very small space. Roaches have been linked to allergic reactions in people due to the accumulation of their feces and discarded caste skins.

Cockroaches need a source of food and water. Cleaning up debris in the home, especially cardboard boxes, and repairing leaky pipes is a good preventative, as it removes the food and water a cockroach needs to survive. Keeping the outside of your home cleaned up is also essential. Trim bushes back from air vents and get rid of plant debris to help control the roach population and lessen their ability to build nests.

Cockroaches have three life cycle stages: egg, nymph and adult. Depending on the type of cockroach, an adult female can lay between 10 to 48 eggs. On their way to adulthood, cockroaches go through a molting process. Their molted skin is often deposited in their nests and can prove helpful in identifying a cockroach nest.

Finding and cleaning up roach nests will help control an infestation. Roaches like tight, warm spaces, so it’s a good idea to start with these areas when looking for a cockroach nest. Nests are often found behind refrigerators, in kitchen cabinets, crawl spaces, in corners and other compact places.

Telltale signs of a nest include mounds of cast skins, egg cases, dark spots or smears and live or dead cockroaches. Egg cases can even be found on the underside of your furniture. Also, check in drawers or under false bottoms of cupboards for signs of roaches.

To get rid of cockroaches, it’s most important to eliminate the nest. The nest area must be completely cleaned up by removing cockroach debris and egg cases. It’s critical to seal off openings to your home by repairing cracks or installing weather stripping under doors.

Once the cockroach nests in and around your home have been cleaned, many people try to place bait to attract and kill the roaches. Bait is available in dust, granule and gel form and is relatively easy to apply in the hard-to-reach spaces where nests are often located.

It’s best to leave the chemical treatments to the professionals. A Terminix® pest professional can help with your infestation and will know what chemicals to use and what method in which to administer them.

Cockroaches can be difficult to control and require regular monitoring and visual inspection. A professional pest control program, combined with controlling the environment by maintaining cleanliness throughout the home, can help prevent re-infestation.