Cockroaches are pesky household bugs that do not discriminate on where to invade. They are most common in kitchens, but roaches will still infest unlikely places, such as your bedroom. All cockroaches need is food, water, and shelter, which a bedroom can provide in the right circumstances.
Cockroaches may live in your bedroom if you leave crumbs or stains from spilled drinks around. They can also feast on dead skin cells or hair in your bed. If you keep mostly empty coffee mugs around or have a glass of water on your bedside table, this is a good source of hydration. Even in clean bedrooms, roaches will find access. They’ll sneak in through cracks or gaps in your walls, windows, flooring, and ceiling.
If a neighbor has an infestation, or you’ve brought home an infested box, the roaches will spread. They can hide in your drawers, under your bed, in wardrobes, and inside clothing. Although bedrooms aren’t roaches’ first choice, they’ll make do. If the infestation is overpopulated, the smaller roaches will look for new territory wherever it can be found. Roaches may also flee to your bedroom if you’ve applied pest control methods in other areas, driving them out.
What Attracts Roaches To Your Bedroom?
Cockroaches rarely infest bedrooms, but that’s due to a lack of interest, not because bedrooms can’t hold them. Roaches will prefer nesting wherever food and water can be found. This is usually in the kitchen or bathroom, but your sleeping area will occasionally fit the bill. If you find an infestation here, it’s likely because the roaches are:
- Overpopulated: If they can’t all fit in one nest, they’ll resort to cannibalism and in-fighting. This will encourage smaller roaches to find new territory, such as your bedroom.
- Fleeing: If you’ve set up baits and sprayed insecticides around your kitchen, the cockroaches will flee to safer areas. This may include your bedroom closet, under your bed, or in your wardrobe.
- Desperate: If your kitchen and bathroom are immaculate, the roaches may struggle to find any food or water. A bedroom that is rarely tidied will be a fine alternative.
- Entering via an access point. These bugs may be coming in from the outdoors. If your bedroom window has a gap, or there’s a hole along the baseboards, roaches may congregate here before moving to other areas.
Of course, there’s nothing about bedrooms that will specifically drive off roaches. It won’t be the land of milk and honey, but it’s a good second or third choice. Roaches will be attracted to your bedroom because of:
Suitable Nesting Conditions
Cockroaches prefer to hide and nest in dark, humid, and undisturbed spaces. Unfortunately, this is exactly what your bedroom provides.
You may spend very few of your active hours in the bedroom. This provides cockroaches with all the quiet they need to run around safely. Even at night, you’ll be sleeping, not traipsing around to scare off the bugs.
Likewise, bedrooms are usually kept dark at night (and occasionally during the day, if you’re at work or school). Unlike other spots in your home, which might have lighting from appliances, most people keep their bedrooms blacked out. These nighttime insects will love that.
To cap it off, your bedroom may be adjacent to a bathroom. This lets the steam from hot showers waft in. If you don’t spend much time in your bedroom, you may also not bother to place a dehumidifier in there during balmy summers. This air quality difference will be ideal for roaches.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep our rooms neat, but leaving your bedroom unkempt is what attracts cockroaches and other bugs. The clutter in your room provides ample spaces for cockroaches to hide and even lay their eggs. You are likely to spot a few egg cocoons in your wardrobe or in the corners of your closet. Any boxes or storage containers spread throughout your room will be ideal for roaches.
Dead Skin And Hair
According to Imperial College London, people shed dead skin cells and hair every single day. This is a natural process that can’t be helped. Since cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers, they will eat anything that comes their way. This includes dandruff, skin flakes, and even loose hair. Bedrooms will be full of it, especially on your bedding or in a dirty clothes basket.
Do you have a habit of eating snacks in your room? Then you are likely to drop some crumbs on the floor or leave the snack wrappers undisposed. Cockroaches love to eat leftover food, and even the trace amounts found on wrappers are enough to sustain them.
Even the cleanest person will leave behind nutrients for cockroaches by accident. If you don’t vacuum these crumbs regularly, the roaches won’t even need to work for it.
Why Do I Have Roaches In My Clean Bedroom?
If your room is kept immaculate, along with the rest of your home, it may seem baffling that you now have a roach infestation. The truth is, roaches have many ways of gaining access to a bedroom, even if there are no distinct lures. Some cockroach species, like the American cockroach, invade homes regardless of the sanitary conditions. The reason for cockroaches in your bedroom may be as simple as:
- Gaps along your windows or walls, letting roaches in from the outside
- Crevices or cracks in your flooring, allowing the bugs to crawl up from your foundation
- An infestation next-door that’s spreading into your home, especially if you share a wall with a neighbor
- Boxes or moving gear stored in the bedroom that had roaches in them already
- Thrift-store clothing that was infested and now sits in your closet
According to Animal Behaviour, the availability of water is more important to cockroaches than food. This means that roaches may also enter your bedroom en route to your bathroom.
Likewise, even if you have no leaky pipes or condensation around your home, you still drink water. Many unsuspecting people leave a glass of water on their bedside table at night. This accidentally gives cockroaches a way to hydrate. With this in mind, clean doesn’t always equal no roaches.
What Causes Cockroaches In Bedroom?
Before you can exterminate the roaches, you need to understand why they’re present. After all, if you just clean up your room, thinking the crumbs are the blame, you may ignore a crack in your wall. This could actually be why the roaches are getting into your room.
Here is a checklist you should review as you explore your bedroom. If one or more of these factors is present, that could be the cause of your roach problem:
- Is your bedroom extremely humid?
- Is there any paper or cardboard lying around that roaches can eat?
- Did you recently bring new clothing, furniture, or boxes into your room?
- Have you been eating meals in your bedroom more recently?
- Do leftover plates, glasses, or mugs stay in your bedroom once you’re finished with them?
- Are there any food stains or marks on the carpet?
- Are there gaps around your windows or sills?
- Are there gaps where your walls meet your ceiling or flooring?
- Is your neighbor dealing with an infestation?
- Is there a flower box attached to your bedroom window or plants growing up against the siding?
- Is there pet food or an aquarium in your bedroom, providing food and water?
- Do you have a pet door that allows your animals to come in and out (possibly carrying roaches with them or giving the roaches access to walk in)?
Some areas are more prone to cockroach infestations than others. If you live in such a region, you should also check on when you last had the area surrounding your home treated with pesticides. If you live in an apartment, you can also check with your property manager or landlord about the last treatment time. If this lapses, it could explain the sudden presence of cockroaches.
How Do Cockroaches Get In Your Bedroom?
If you’ve reviewed this checklist and still can’t find a reason, then try looking a bit closer. Roaches are nimble and fit through holes more than half their size. As such, you may have written off the gap under your door or the crevice along your baseboard as too small.
Rest assured, it isn’t for a roach. Because their exoskeletons are a bit flexible, roaches only need to splay out their legs or flatten out their bodies.
According to the Journal of Experimental Biology, cockroaches use their antennae as sensors to detect obstacles. This helps them negotiate their path when climbing different structures into your home (and, by extension, your bedroom). This also makes cracks on your ceiling or gaps around your ceiling fan good access points.
Most of all, roaches use these antennae to smell food from far away. It means they can detect a snack wrapper you left undisposed under your bed, even if you can’t. The smallest crumb or stain from a spilled drink can lure roaches back into your bedroom, even if it seems minor.
Found Baby Roaches In My Bedroom
Seeing cockroach nymphs in your bedroom is a bad sign. It means the roaches have established a nest and are beginning to breed. Within a short amount of time, your infestation will double in size.
At the least, you have one female that is possibly reproducing on her own. Even if it’s a small start, it won’t take long before a proper nest forms (and gets out of control).
Depending on the species, a female cockroach will produce as many as 200 eggs in her lifetime. After a few short weeks, this next generation will also reach breeding age and continue the process.
If you spot nymphs, there’s not much to be done to stop this generation, aside from normal pest control. However, you should try to locate the next batch of eggs and destroy it.
A cockroach ootheca (or egg sac) may be impervious to certain types of insecticide. As such, even after you’ve disposed of the adults, another generation may crop up. That makes it crucial to rid yourself of the eggs too.
Do Baby Roaches In Your Bedroom Mean An Infestation?
Baby roaches are a clear indicator that you have a proper infestation. Cockroaches do not lay eggs immediately after arriving at a new locale. Instead, they will investigate the area, become confident in the food or water source, and start breeding.
If the baby cockroaches are in your bedroom, then there’s a high chance the rest of the nest is close by. Female roaches would not lay their eggs too far away from water, food, and safety. That means they consider your bedroom to be a good haven, and they intend on staying.
Do Baby Cockroaches Look Like Bed Bugs?
People often mistake cockroach nymphs for bedbugs in their early development stages. Since bedbugs are more common in bedrooms, as their name implies, this seems like an easy answer. Sadly, it also means you can get misdirected. If you apply the wrong treatments, that allows the infestation to escalate in the meantime.
Soon after hatching, baby roaches are usually white in color. Within a small amount of time, they will turn red or brown, making them look like bed bugs. The good news is, some pesticides are highly effective against both roaches and bed bugs. The best options will be diatomaceous earth and boric acid.
Found A Cockroach On My Bed
Roaches may scurry around your bedroom, but it’s rare for one to crawl onto your bed itself. That’s because:
- It’s elevated off the ground, requiring more effort to climb
- You spend more time in or on your bed, and roaches will try to avoid a living creature if they can
- Beds are open and exposed, and roaches prefer to scavenge where they can stay out of sight
However, roaches may decide to explore your bed if the conditions are right. When their nest is overpopulated, they will need to find new hiding spots. If they’re beginning to starve, your bed will be full of skin flakes, hair, and even sweat residue. Even better, your mattress will be warm after you’ve rested in it (or while you’re still resting it in).
Roaches are capable of scaling up flat services, so long as they aren’t completely sheer. Glass repels them, but certain kinds of metal and especially wood cannot. Roaches will be happy to climb up your bed posts if they need food, water, or warmth.
Seeing roaches on your mattress is a big red flag. You can be sure there are several more cockroaches nearby. Worse yet, they’ve likely been present in the room for some time, and they’re getting daring. It’s high time to apply pest control methods.
Where Do Cockroaches Hide In A Bedroom?
Extermination methods work best if they’re focused. You need to find out where the roaches are, and then target those areas. In bedrooms, the most common hiding spots for individual roaches and a nest will be:
- Inside closets
- Underneath dressers
- Under beds
- In wall molding, especially those with cracks or gaps
- Around ceiling fan outlets
- Inside wall outlets
- In the back of your drawers
- Underneath clothes piles
- Inside or underneath appliances, like AC units or gaming systems
- In dark cabinets
Will Keeping Lights On Keep Roaches Away From My Bedroom?
Although cockroaches are believed to fear the light, this is not true. Keeping the lights on throughout the night does not mean that cockroaches will stay away from your bedroom.
According to the Department of Biology, cockroaches are most active at night. They prefer to avoid the light as a way to stay hidden from predators. Since they have no way to fight off attackers, they rely on staying in the shadows and moving carefully.
However, they can overcome light-related worries if they have time to verify the area is safe. This will only take a few hours or a few nights at most. The roaches will come to understand that your bedside lamp being on does not mean predators come out of the woodwork. As such, they will carry on, business as usual.
How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Bedroom
Cockroaches are resilient pests. If you have a full-blown infestation, you may need to contact a professional exterminator. Fumigating a bedroom on your own can be dangerous unless you can sleep elsewhere in the meantime. Exposure to high-grade pesticides will harm people as much as the roaches.
However, there are steps you can take if you only have a small infestation. This is also true if you’ve driven your cockroach problem out of all other areas of your home. When the bedroom is just the last stand, you can exterminate the stragglers by:
Using Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring powder that is safe for people. However, it’s toxic against cockroaches and other pests. It is a slow-acting natural insecticide that causes death to insects through dehydration.
Sprinkling diatomaceous earth in places where roaches frequent can gradually eradicate the full colony. You can also pair this with traps that utilize the poison, making it more effective.
Using Boric Acid
Boric acid is one of the most effective home remedies for killing cockroaches and other household pests. The acid contains potent compounds that work together to target a roach’s exoskeleton. You can mix it with flour, sugar, or eggs to help attract cockroaches to their death trap.
Wrap Silicone Tape Around The Bed Posts
While those poisons are working, you need to get the bugs out of your hair. Most cockroach species, apart from Oriental cockroaches, are capable of climbing walls and flat surfaces. To keep them out of your bed, wrap silicone tape around the bed posts.
This will prevent the roaches from getting traction. They fall down or slide off each time they try to scale the posts.
Spray Peppermint, Cypress, and Citrus Oil
You don’t want the roaches fleeing to yet another area of your home. You also don’t want them finding sanctuary in your closet or storage boxes. To help repel them from these areas, or keep them in one room, use oils that roaches dislike.
Roaches find peppermint, citrus, and cypress to be naturally distasteful. You can mix the essential oil with water to dilute it and then fill a spray bottle. Spritz this near your doors and windows and any items you want to keep roaches away from. Just keep in mind that it will stain fabric, so only spray it around your closet, not on the clothing
Avoid Snacking In The Bedroom
Of course, roaches will endure even the harshest conditions if they have a food and water source. To ensure you don’t make it easy on them, limit snacking or drinking to another room. This will limit how many spills or crumbs gather in your bedroom. You should also vacuum regularly to clean up possible leftovers or even dead skin.
Although roaches don’t prefer bedrooms, they’re happy to infest them in a pinch. As long as you limit what can attract them and take action if all else fails, you can ensure your bedroom stays safe.