Cockroaches do not build nests in the traditional sense. If someone is talking about a cockroach “nest,” they are referring to a large gathering of roaches that are living in one small area. Cockroaches produce a scent that will attract other roaches, so it is common to find these large congregations in homes that have an active cockroach infestation.
What are the signs of a cockroach nest?
Any time a large number of roaches are living close together, you will find plenty of signs, some of which may include:
- Cast skins from the molting process
- Fecal matter that looks like dark smears or ground black pepper
- Roach egg cases
- Live or dead roaches
Where are roach nests most often found?
Cockroaches love warm, humid spaces that are close to food and water. In homes, they most often are found in kitchens or bathrooms. Specific areas to look for roaches and nests are: under refrigerators, inside kitchen cabinets, behind appliances, in crawl spaces, inside cracks and crevices, and even in closets and bedrooms.
How do you prevent cockroach nests?
Prevention efforts are worth your time because roach infestations can be difficult and costly to get rid of. Prevent cockroaches by sealing the exterior of your home. Use caulk to fill small cracks and crevices, and use spray foam to seal larger holes. It is also important to install weatherstripping on the bottom of doors so pests cannot enter your home. You should also keep your home and yard tidy by eliminating debris like cardboard boxes, trash, and leaves. Keep your bushes and lawn neatly trimmed and perform regular cleaning inside your home. Cockroaches also love wet, humid environments. Moisture around your home and yard will attract them. Help prevent roaches by fixing leaky pipes and faucets and getting rid of the excess moisture.
How do you get rid of roach nests?
Since roaches release a pheromone to attract others, it is very important to thoroughly clean areas where a large population of roaches has been living. Wipe these areas down with soap and water. It is likely those specific places will need more attention as you try to treat the infestation.
Cockroach baits are regularly used as part of a treatment plan. Baits come in the form of dusts, granules, gels, and roach tablets. Apply baits in hard to reach areas where you have noticed significant roach activity. Chemical treatment may also be beneficial. Various insecticides have been proven to be successful against roaches. These can be sprayed on baseboards, behind appliances, in crawl spaces, and other areas. When using chemicals, always read and follow all label direction to make sure that they are safely applied.
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