Cockroaches are found almost everywhere, and most of the time; they are found hidden in homes. Due to the ample supply of food and water along with a good place to hide, they will never leave your home once they have entered.
Since they are nocturnal, it gets challenging to identify a cockroach infestation. It is only when you see a live specimen crawling around on your kitchen table at night, do you even suspect an infestation.
However, by the time you notice it, the infestation has grown severe and will cost you many visits by the exterminator. So what can you do? Look for the nest in advance and get rid of them while you still can!
How does a Cockroach Nest Look?
Since cockroaches are tiny and have flat bodies, it is very easy for them to sneak themselves in between any gaps or cracks in your wallpaper or wall.
When a cockroach finds a suitable location to nest, it usually produces a scent, attracting many more. Common signs to spot a cockroach nest are eggshells, droppings, and other dead cockroaches.
Where to Look for a Cockroach Nest in Your Home?
- Bathroom: Since cockroaches love humid, moist, and dark places, the first place to look is the bathroom! Be sure to check under the titles, in or behind your cabinets and shelves, the sink, etc. Because it provides them with food, water, and hiding spots, they love the bathroom area.
- Kitchen: Because the kitchen provides every need the cockroach might have, the kitchen is also a suitable hideout, and since your food should never be in contact with pests, it is best to keep them away from your kitchen.
Ensure you check your kitchen food cabinets and storage shelves in your pantry, check any hole in the wall or tiling, look behind all your electrical appliances and stands, as well as inside your small electrical machines like blenders, toasters, coffee machines, etc.
And most importantly, do not forget to check-in and around your fridge, dishwasher, and freezer.
- Laundry Rooms: Most often, people make the mistake of ignoring the laundry room thinking that there is no food source there.
However, it does provide shelter and water to cockroaches, and since they feed on cardboard and paper materials, they are fully sorted when it comes to food needs.
- Basement: Basements are another perfect hideout for cockroaches, not only does it provide shelter in crack and crevices in ceilings, walls, and old furniture, but it also provides water, and ample storage boxes and paper materials, to feed on.
And let’s not forget, that since the basement is rarely visited or used, it also gives them privacy and a lot of time to build their nest and increase their number.
- Drains: Drains are rarely used by cockroaches for shelter and mostly for travelling from one place to another. However, if not used for a long time, drains too can be a place that they hide in.
- Outdoors: Sometimes, cockroaches prefer staying out rather than inside your home as some of them prefer cooler temperatures and not the warmth of your home.
An easy hideout outside your home could be the garbage bins, the garage, pipe ducts, porches, or your backyard. Cockroaches can also appear in non-residential areas, which is why commercial pest control services are also available.
How to Remove a Cockroach Nest?
- First, inspect your home thoroughly and find the exact location of the cockroach nest.
- After you have spotted the nest, destroy it by getting rid of any dead carcass, droppings, eggshells, and get rid of the unpleasant stench that is attracting more pests.
- Once the nest is destroyed and removes, seal any entry and exit point that is allowing these cockroaches from entering and exiting your home.
- They can’t survive without water. Thus, it is essential to fix the leakages in your walls or drains and control the water supply.
- Use over-the-counter baits such as gels, pastes, or dust, to prevent them from entering and to kill any daring intruders. Make sure you check the instructions before using it and if you have a pet or a child, ensure you select your bait accordingly.
- Lastly, if you have followed the above steps but still haven’t solved your infestation, call an exterminator to help you deal with the infestation.
- Regularly inspect your home for any signs of cockroach activity.
- Fix any broken pipes or cracked walls and limit their water and food source.
- Use baits and if needed, get your home services with pest control and removal treatment.
Since prevention is better than cure, always be aware of any pest activity going on in your home by getting your home inspected and treated regularly.