Do Cockroaches Make Noise? Yes – Here Are The Top 5

Nobody wants to deal with a cockroach infestation in their home. So if you think that there may be cockroaches in your living area, you may be wondering how to spot them or hear them.

Cockroaches are very difficult to see and even more challenging to catch. Many people need to rely on their ears to let them know if they have cockroaches in their homes.

Since cockroaches are one of the most annoying pests that can infest a home, those affected want to evict them immediately.

After all, why would you want these disgusting pests freely galavanting around your home, eating your food, leaving feces, spreading illness, and generally making the place look bad?

If you listen carefully, you may detect cockroaches by the sounds they make. While cockroaches aren’t loud insects, some subtle noises can be linked to them.

Do cockroaches make noise? Yes, they do. Here are the main noises that a cockroach will make in your home.

Do Cockroaches Make Noise Yes - Here Are The Top 5

What to listen for if you think you have cockroaches

One question we hear a lot is, “Do cockroaches make a noise?” Cockroaches are small and rather lightweight. If there is one or two in your home, you likely won’t hear anything.

However, as you may be aware, cockroaches can multiply quickly. If you have a cockroach infestation, then you may hear some noise.

Cockroaches aren’t noisy, but you may begin to hear some noises in the walls. This will most likely happen during the night because they are active then. But, again, you will probably only hear them if there is a colony of cockroaches moving around in there.

Listen for sounds of cockroach movement.

close up cockroach

Knowing right off the bat about cockroaches is that they aren’t noisy.

While there are some sounds that they make for various reasons (which we will discuss in a moment), the most telling sound that will point to a cockroach infestation is their movement.

No matter how small a creature is, it can’t move around without making a noise. Especially if there are a lot of them.

The sound of cockroaches moving around won’t be loud at all. If you’re used to playing music or having the TV on as background noise, you may not notice the noises at first.

However, the sound may become more apparent once you have gone to bed for the night. This is when you are most likely to hear them moving around.

Do cockroaches make noise? Yes, these 5 are the most common

close up cockroach on wood

There are 5 noises that are associated with cockroaches, but you may not hear them all, especially the hissing noise!

  1. Shuffling
  2. Scurrying
  3. Hissing
  4. Chirping
  5. Clicking

As we mentioned above, the most apparent sound of a cockroach infestation is when you hear them scurrying around at night. Unfortunately, not many creatures can move around without making noises.

If there are enough cockroaches in your home, you’re very likely to hear the little pitter-patter of their footsteps.

Hissing and chirping sounds, on the other hand, are very rare.

If you do hear these sounds, there is a chance that it could be another insect, such as crickets or beetles.

While most species of cockroaches found infesting North American homes don’t make these sounds, these noises can be linked back to the Madagascar hissing cockroach.

Do cockroaches hiss?

big cockroach

Yes, as discussed above, the Madagascar hissing cockroach is, given the name, famous for making hissing sounds. Unfortunately, hissing is not limited to the particular member of the cockroach family, though.

Hissing is a sound that could signify cockroaches are in your home. This is a rare noise, but it can happen.

If you hear a cockroach hiss, it will be coming from a male.

When a male cockroach hisses, he uses it as an intimidation tactic. He is likely trying to intimidate other cockroaches.

Do cockroaches chirp?

A cockroach chirping is not a good sign for homeowners. This is because the cockroach chirp is a mating call, which means more cockroaches will be created in your home, and you could have a sudden appearance of many more cockroaches on the horizon!

The cockroach chirp is distinctly different from chirps from other insects.

Are there other noises that cockroaches make?

cockroaches on a house

It likely isn’t a cockroach problem if you hear other noises, like buzzing or tapping.

Many different critters can infest a home, and people often mistake them for cockroaches.

Even chirping and hissing sounds can easily be linked to other insects.


Do cockroaches make noise? Yes, they do, and now you’ve read our guide, you should have a much better idea of the noises that cockroaches make.

Use this to fight any infestation you might have now or in the future.

Cockroach noises are merely the beginning!

A cockroach problem is something that you don’t want on your hands.

Not only are they challenging to spot with your eyes, but they can also be tricky to distinguish with your ears.

Cockroaches are not noisy insects, and they could infest a building without making any hissing or chirping sounds.

The most apparent sound that points towards cockroaches is the sound of their movement. You will most likely be able to hear it in the middle of the night when they are active.

You can notice these noises in walls, cupboards, cabinets, or behind furniture/appliances.

As cockroaches are flat, they can get pretty much anywhere. Arm yourself with the knowledge to get rid of roaches! I suggest that you read the following articles:

  1. The best places to put cockroach traps.
  2. Store food correctly by understanding what food attracts cockroaches.

As always, if you are not confident in tackling an infestation, discuss your problem with a pest control company.

Good luck!


About the author

DIY Pest Control Enthusiast Since 1996

After spending the entire night lying awake in a cockroach-infested hotel, I have driven myself to build knowledge on all things pest control. Since then, I've tested pest control techniques to see what works and what doesn't. Now, here I am giving you all the info I have learned!

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