Dead or Alive: 3 Signs a Bug is Dead
October 5, 2021
“Bug season” usually occurs in spring or autumn. During these times, insects are either coming out of hibernation or getting ready to go into hibernation. It is not unusual to see insects in and around your home. It is important to know how to know if an insect is dead and what this could potentially mean for your home.
Do Bugs Play Dead?
Not all insects play dead, but many do. Pests like ladybugs, weevils, and cockroaches, just to name a few, can play dead. However, other insects, like bed bugs, do not play dead but after a full feeding can lay very still giving the same effect.
Generally, a bug on its back indicates that it is dead. If an insect is on its back, its instinct is to kick itself right-side up. If an insect is on its back too long, it will dry out and die. One exception to this is cockroaches. Cockroaches play dead by lying on their backs, and then once the danger is gone, it will flip over and scurry away.
Three signs that a bug is dead:
- Lying on its back.
- Shriveled or dried up.
- Curled up.
What Does it Mean to See a Dead Bug?
If you come across a dead bug, it could mean one of two things. A dead bug is just that-- a dead bug. However, if you come across multiple dead bugs in one place or multiple dead bugs throughout your home, you could have a pest infestation on your hands. Bugs tend to live and move in groups, so where there is one there is probably more. It's always a good idea to take precautions when you spot a dead insect and protect your home. Look for bugs, dead or alive, in damp and dark areas, in and around cracks, around water, and behind furniture.