When you see a German cockroach in the home, it’s rarely the case that it’s alone. Many, many more are lurking somewhere in the shadow, in something that is known as the cockroach nest. Let’s take a closer look at these nests and all the info you need to know about them.
The characteristics of the roach nest
Roaches do not build nests or colonies in the same way that other social insects such as ants and wasps do. Instead, whenever you have a lot of roaches in one area, they will find the spot with the best conditions for survival and congregate there. Once the nest is formed, the roaches start to mate and reproduce, laying eggs all over the nest. When the eggs hatch, the adults will help rear and protect the young roach nymphs.
There are several locations which the roaches prefer to nest in. Indoors, these locations are usually located near a water source, such as underneath the kitchen or bathroom sink. They will also nest behind appliances, inside various crevices and under furniture. As long as the location is warm and humid, the roaches will be able to settle in it.
Outside of the home, roaches will be very happy to set up in the yard, especially in garbage containers if they are open. Once the weather gets cold, the roaches will simply move indoors to take advantage of the warmer temperatures.
And last but not least, it is not uncommon for roaches to set up inside cars. They may nest in the spare tire compartment, in the trunk, under the floor mats, or under the seats, especially if they have access to food supplies inside the car.
Getting rid of the nests
If you have a German cockroach infestation, it’s for the best to work with a pest control pro to get rid of the nests. The process starts with an inspection, during which the pro will try to locate the nest so that he can apply insecticides directly on the roach population. If the nest is hard to locate or unreachable, then baits will have to be used. By the time the control process is done, the entire cockroach population responsible for the infestation will be destroyed.
If you would like to know more information about German cockroach infestations, or if you currently have an infestation in your home, contact us today.