Here is what a roach nest looks like.
When faced with an infestation, the need to get rid of roaches becomes a topmost priority. Part of the process involves inspecting your surroundings for signs of their presence.
What Does Cockroach Nest Look Like?
Because these pests are mostly nocturnal, you might have come across them when you suddenly switched on your kitchen lights at night.
These pests immediately scamper to safety.
To get rid of them, you must first identify their nests. Now, your chances of identifying these nests depend on knowing what to look for.
In other words, you need to know what a roach nest looks like before treatment is applied or carried out.
Do Roaches Actually Build Nests?
If you thought roaches actually set up nesting areas to live in, you’re wrong! These pests are opportunists and will take up residence in whichever area(s) they find suitable.
Suitability as mentioned here refers to certain attractions or conditions that draw these pests to your home.
i. What Attracts Roaches
For roaches to nest in, or around your home, certain favorable conditions must be available.
Such conditions include food, moisture, dirty living conditions, pheromones released by other roaches, warmth, and refuge from treatments carried out by neighbors.
Food is a primary attraction for roaches.
This is usually announced by messy conditions such as unwashed plates lying around and food crumbs and splashes on floors and cookers.
Such conditions draw roaches to your surroundings in no time.
Roaches take up nesting spots around areas with leaks.
Such leaks could come from roofs, pipes, and even the basement area among others. As long as moisture remains, these bugs will find your home irresistible.
Dirty Living Conditions
Roaches are best known for their attraction to filth. Cluttered surroundings provide these pests with ideal nesting conditions to thrive in.
Asides from the availability of food around such areas, excess clutter only makes matters worse.
Pheromones Released by Other Roaches
Like a lot of insects, roaches release pheromones that attract other roaches to a home. Finding a single roach within your home is a situation you’ll need to address as soon as you can.
When left for too long, other roaches trace pheromones released to unite and explore your home.
As weather conditions become harsher, your home provides safety for these bugs.
Roaches are known to move into homes to overwinter. The warmth indoors ensures they easily survive without much difficulty.
When there’s an onslaught on these pests by your neighbors, the chances of roaches getting into your home are higher. These bugs escape from treatment areas to find refuge in safer locations.
Where Roaches Nest
All the discussions we’ve had above have been in preparation to unveil the nesting areas of roaches in homes.
Speaking of what these nests look like, roaches do not build nests but only occupy hidden areas that keep them out of sight.
Common nesting areas for roaches include wall décor, bathroom, kitchen, pipes, basement, ceiling, furniture, bookshelves, attic, electronic appliances, etc.
As mentioned earlier, roaches will explore a variety of hiding spots in your home. This includes wall décor. Most people will least suspect roaches to be hidden behind or within wall décor.
Fumes from treatments like insecticide sprays will choke these pests out of hiding.
Your bathroom provides an abundance of possible nesting sites for roaches. Targeted areas include toilets, bathroom sinks, tubs, and spaces between cracked tile caulks.
Also, these pests may be holed up in your drain pipes, behind baseboards, as well as behind cabinets.
A look at these areas is necessary during an inspection.
This is mostly the ground zero of roach activity. Kitchen areas are most attractive to roaches due to the likely abundance of food.
Roaches are omnivorous insects that will feed on just about anything they can find. The voids behind kitchen art, your ovens, and stovetops, as well as kitchen appliances, are ready nests for these pests.
Speaking of your kitchen appliances, roaches will hide in dishwashers, refrigerators, dryers, blenders, coffee makers, microwaves, and ovens among many other kitchen appliances.
Kitchen cupboards and countertops are among other locations roaches love to exploit.
Drainage pipes serve as networks through which roaches love to explore newer locations. The moisture held by such pipes also tends to attract them.
When seeking nesting areas, you might want to take a look or focus on your pipes.
Your basement area provides a ready nesting ground for roaches especially when such basement is damp and cluttered. Roaches will nest in boxes and any cluttered areas within your basement.
Even the tiniest space between your wall and ceiling is exploited by roaches.
These pests will readily climb up to your ceiling area and nest there for as long as possible. They’ll usually descend in search of food before climbing back.
To confirm, you might want to carry out further inspections. Roaches in the ceiling are most common when there’s a severe case of infestation.
Furniture provides roaches with a nesting ground.
If you usually visit flea markets for the purchase of second-hand furniture, you’ll need to be more careful with the furniture take in.
You may be bringing in roach-infested furniture that could further spread out into your home.
Roaches nest in bookshelves too!
Your bookshelf provides ample nesting locations for them. The spaces between this furniture as well as the books you keep will serve as hiding and breeding ground for them.
Roaches will nest in your attic if they have to.
These pests hide within boxes and any tiny spaces within the attic to breed. This is most common when there’s a full-blown roach infestation.
Asides from kitchen appliances, pretty much every appliance you have can be explored by roaches. These bugs will nest within such appliances without your knowledge and only come out at night to feed.
You’ll need to ensure these appliances are covered in your treatment plan.
With the discussions held so far, it’s clear that there’s no particular way to identify a roach nest because they hide wherever they can. Roaches do not build nests.
They only hide in spaces that give them the needed cover until they come out to feed at night.