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How To Tell If Roaches Are In Your PS4?

Cockroaches can find their way into anything, including game consoles, computers, and other electronic devices. 

If you think you have roaches in your PS4, you must deal with the problem immediately to avoid damage to your gaming system.

You can tell if roaches are in your PS4 by inspecting it carefully for droppings, a strong odor of urine, egg casings, or the actual insects themselves. Cockroaches are more likely to be active at night or when there are no lights, but you may also hear them inside the device during the day.

What Are Some Signs of Roaches?

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If you think you have roaches in your house, you should check for signs of an infestation – it’s not always obvious, and cockroaches are very good at hiding. 

The following are telltale signs of cockroaches in your PS4 (or other areas of your home).

Bad Odors

The smell of one cockroach won’t be strong enough to draw your attention, but a swarm can stink.

Dead cockroaches release odors during decomposition, and living cockroaches are usually covered in some kind of rot or sewage.

The smell becomes stronger as the infestation continues to grow. 

Egg Sacs or Casings

Cockroaches lay their eggs in sacs called ootheca, which contain 14 to 50 eggs, depending on the species. 

Once laid, the eggs hatch, and the casings remain behind.

German cockroaches will often carry their egg sacs around until they hatch, but other species will leave them in their idea of an ideal environment. 

Cockroach sacs and casings may appear near leaky pipes, around the base of your refrigerator, on piles of wood or cardboard, or inside food cabinets. 

If you see an egg sac or casing, remove it immediately, and clean the area thoroughly to prevent the roaches from coming back to the site.

Insect Droppings

Cockroaches leave behind droppings that look like pepper or coffee grounds. The droppings also smear and stain.

Some species leave behind larger droppings, and others leave behind droppings that are not easily noticeable. 

There is no doubt that roaches leave a trail of droppings wherever they go, but they tend to frequent an area repeatedly. 

They tend to defecate in spots like floor corners and cabinet tops, as well as underneath appliances like refrigerators and stoves. 

Cleaning up droppings should be done wearing protective gear like gloves or a mask, as they can contain bacteria that could make you sick.


There is no such thing as a lone cockroach; if you see one, there are likely many more where that came from. 

They are also nocturnal and great at hiding.

You usually only see them during the day if there’s an overcrowding problem, so chances are your roach infestation is large if you spot them in the light.

Why Do Roaches Nest in PS4s?

Bugs are attracted to game consoles as they’re typically kept inside home entertainment centers, providing the dark, warm environment that insects prefer. 

The Xbox, PS4, and PS5 are all gaming consoles with powerful processors and chipsets designed for extreme games. 

As a result, these consoles produce intense heat and end up being the perfect place for roaches to nest. 

They also have large air vents and cooling fans for heat dissipation, which are easy entry points into the device. 

Once the roaches enter the PS4 and establish a colony, they produce pheromones that attract others, and they will reproduce.

How to Remove Roaches From a PS4

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If you do find roaches in your PS4, it is important to remove them as soon as possible so the console does not get damaged. 

Step 1: Cut the Power

It is necessary to unplug your PS4 from the electric supply before attempting to get rid of cockroaches. 

Firstly, it stops the console from producing heat, which is likely why the roaches are there to begin with.

Secondly, when the power is off, you can inspect your device without worrying about electrocution.

Step 2: Inspect the Console

Any devices contaminated with cockroaches (or their byproducts) require careful inspection. 

There is an unmistakable musty urine-like smell to a gaming console infested with roaches, so it’ll be fairly obvious that your PS4 has unwelcome guests.

If you are convinced there are insects inside your console, you’ll have to start the elimination process.

Step 3: Clean It Outside

Once you confirm it is infested with roaches, take your PlayStation 4 outside to avoid spreading the infestation to other parts of your house. 

The further away from your home you take the device, the better. You don’t want a cockroach to accidentally escape and find its way back into your house.

Step 4: Open Up the Console

Here’s where things get tricky. 

You will have to open the device to remove the roaches inside. This will require learning how to safely open your PS4 without damaging any of the parts.

Once you’ve watched a video or confirmed with a professional, open your device and see what’s inside. 

Don’t lose screws or other parts of the device. 

You should not open your PS4 if it is still under the manufacturer’s warranty. Instead, use compressed air to force the roaches out.

How Can I Keep Roaches Out of My PS4?

Because you cannot close vents on a gaming console or PS4, bug proofing isn’t really an option. 

Game consoles rely on their air vents to stay cool and operate properly. 

Your device will burn out immediately if you try to close them. The good news is that you can keep your PS4 free of roaches if you follow a few steps.

Stop Eating While Gaming

When playing games and eating, ensure you don’t leave crumbs or spills overnight. 

Whenever you are not using the console, clean the area around it. 

This will prevent the smell of food and drinks from attracting the roaches to your console.

Store It Properly

Although roaches can climb walls, keeping your gaming console away from cockroaches as much as possible is important. 

They can easily find it if it is sitting on the floor, but if you put it up higher, they won’t be as likely to enter it.

Use Repellents

Keeping your gaming console free of roaches is easy with roach repellents (like essential oils) or sticky traps to catch them before they enter. 


Mothballs repel cockroaches and many other pests because they think the strong scent is poisonous and avoid it. 

If you don’t mind the smell of camphor, put mothballs in the area near your console to keep the roaches away.


If you see roaches in or around your PS4, they could be inside, causing damage. 

There are ways to remove cockroaches from your console and keep them from coming back

Keep in mind there is also a high chance that the roaches are in other places in your home. 

If you cannot remove them successfully on your own, you may want to call an exterminator.