What Does A Roach Nest Look Like? Looking For The Source Of Infestation

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When it comes to dealing with roaches, a lot of people will choose to use a product that can kill them right on the spot. But if you really want to stop these pests from flying around the house, you will have to kill them at the source, the roaches’ nest that is hidden somewhere in your house.

So you can deal with the nest, you will have to use products that can easily target the eggs or their larvae. You will also have to know where most of the adults have been hiding since they will typically forage then go back to their own larvae. Most importantly, you should know what the nests look like.

Nests are actually the source of infestation. By dealing with the nest, you will most likely be able to deal with the next generation of roaches and you will be able to finally control the ongoing infestation. Unless of course, if there is more than one nest hidden elsewhere. So, what does a roach nest look like?

What Does A Roach Nest Look Like?

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It is very important to know that roaches’ nest do not look anything like bird’s nest. What I mean to say is that their nests do not have a distinct shape or form. Roaches will also not use a specific material in order to make their nests. What is important for them is to have a place that is well hidden and safe.

In order for you to easily identify a roach nest, you will need to take a look at what is around a hidden spot aside from the presence of roaches. Obviously, you can consider a place as a nest if you start seeing roach eggs in one spot. You should also see egg shells or fecal matter in the form of smears or cylinders.

You should also be able to find cast or molted skin all over the spot. With that said, the nest will typically look dirty especially if dozens of roaches have been using the spot for quite some time. This is however, not always the case because roaches can lay their eggs on new spots with clean surfaces.

How Can You Find The Roaches’ Nest?

a roach by its nest

In most cases, roaches will make their nests in an area that is dark and damp. They might want to make their nest near water or somewhere hot and humid. Roaches can also make their nests near places where food or rotten organic matter is readily available for them and also their young ones to feed on.

Their nests can be found in the bathroom or in the kitchen. They can make nests inside the cracks of the walls as well as inside cabinets. It can also be very easy for them to make nests inside electronics or on the areas behind appliances like the ref or below the oven where food stains or debris can be found.

You should also know that the nests can also be upside down. Roaches can actually lay eggs on the underside of tables and drawers. Most nests can also be found underground or in unused or undisturbed areas of your house like the basement, the attic or in between walls were water pipes are.

How To Destroy The Roaches’ Nest?

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Destroying their nests is quite tricky. Finding it can be very hard and you might never be able to know if there is more than one nest. You will need to use a flashlight and go on a hunt so you can destroy them. You can start by taking note of where you will typically find the roaches.

In most cases, you can also try to trace back their escape routes as soon as they are detected so you will be able to see their possible nesting spots. As soon as you see the nests, you will have to use a roach spray that can kill adults, nymphs and the eggs. If the nests are hidden well, you can use baits.

The baits will allow you to kill the mature ones as well as the nymphs since the insecticide will not take effect right away. This allows the roaches to take the poisoned baits with them to their nesting spots so that it can share it with the other roaches hiding in the area.


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In order for you to control the infestation or at least deal a crippling blow to the roach population, you need to target their nest. Roach nests do not have a typical appearance, instead, you can identify it by looking for the presence of eggs, egg casings, molted skin and also roach poop all in one area.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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