Cockroach Dream Meaning and Interpretation

Cockroaches are considered as pests and subjects for extermination or avoidance. Contrary to its negative image in the physical world, cockroaches can be perceived as spiritual figures in dreams.

Cockroaches can be interesting subjects in dreams because some of their characteristics symbolize a range of values in a spiritual context (e.g., oval shape meaning spiritual rebirth, survival capabilities representing resilience, perseverance, and longevity, etc.).

Dreams About Cockroaches: What Do They Mean?

Cockroach in Your House

Dreaming of finding cockroaches in the dreamer’s house signifies the need to conduct a major cleaning, reorganizing, or rearranging session in order to lessen or minimize clutter.

Cockroach in Your Bed

cockroach close bed

If the dreamer dreams of seeing a cockroach in their bed, it could be a sign that there will be a threat to the dreamer’s feelings of comfort. The immediate reaction the dreamer would most likely have towards this would be to feel provoked or intimidated.

The dreamer should remember that it’s not always a bad thing to step out of their comfort zone. There could be a potential for self-growth.

Cockroach on the Carpet

Seeing a cockroach on a carpet in dreams could denote that the dreamer might feel worried about losing the things that make life easy for them.

This could mean the loss of material comforts, wealth, or luxury. The loss could be caused by problems at work or business projects.

Cockroach on the Wall

cockroach on wall

Dreaming of cockroaches on walls can denote future problems that the dreamer will be facing. This suggests that the dreamer should be more cautious and careful.

Different Colors of Cockroaches in Dreams

A White Cockroach

Dreaming of white cockroaches is an encouragement for the dreamer to focus on positive things, and to be more motivated and creative in achieving them. On the other side of the coin, it could also be perceived as a sign of betrayal.

A Black Cockroach

Black cockroaches in dreams represent hindrances, secrecy, worry, and overthinking. When seen in dreams, the dreamer should prepare for negative things that might come to them.

Interaction with Cockroaches in Dreams

Crushing a Cockroach

Often in real life, cockroaches are classified as pests in the household. One way to get rid of them is by crushing them with footwear or other household items.

To see this act in a dream signifies the start of good things in the future. By crushing the cockroach, the dreamer is putting an end to something bothersome.

Searching for a Cockroach

crawling cockroach

Dreaming of looking for a cockroach denotes that the dreamer is looking for trouble. It’s a sign of provocation.

Something is trying to taunt the dreamer to do something they might regret. It’s important for the dreamer to try not to be impulsive, and to remain patient and diligent in handling these situations.

Setting a Cockroach Trap

There are many ways to set a trap for cockroaches. Dreaming of this denotes that the dreamer is reflecting about the negativity in their lives (like their vices and bad habits). This signifies that the dreamer is ready to change their ways.

Exterminating a Cockroach

Dreaming of exterminating cockroaches means that the dreamer is taking steps to “exterminate” or remove something negative from their life which could be causing the dreamer annoyance or trouble.

Killing a Cockroach

dead cockroach close up

A dream about killing a cockroach represents dark moments and thoughts that are coming to a close. This dream is a good sign that signifies an opportunity to move forward without the burden of negative things in life.

Being Forced to Eat a Cockroach

If the dream is about being forced to eat a cockroach, it’s related to the dreamer’s diet. Cockroaches are omnivores, which means they have a very wide variety of things to eat.

Cockroaches can consume almost anything, from rotten food to old books. If this is seen in a dream, the dreamer needs to observe their diet.

Being Allergic or Ill because of a Cockroach

Dreaming of becoming sick or allergic because of a cockroach is associated with the environment surrounding the dreamer. The dreamer might need to take steps to promote sanitation around them, which in turn would give a positive impact on their health.

Being Attacked by a Cockroach

Dreaming of being attacked by a cockroach denotes feelings of worry, inequity, and unfairness. It’s the manifestation of negative feelings building up inside the dreamer.

Being Bitten by a Cockroach

Being bitten by a cockroach in a dream is associated with the need for a confrontation with aspects in life that the dreamer doesn’t want to face. It’s an encouragement to stop avoiding these aspects and be ready to face them.

Turning into a Cockroach

cockroach with helmet

Dreaming of turning into a cockroach is a manifestation of the dreamer’s overwhelming feelings. The dreamer might be handling too much in life and this is telling them to take a step back and rest.

The dreamer might be too busy in their everyday affairs to the point that they don’t have time for themselves This makes them feel small and inadequate, and they could look at themselves like a cockroach.

Other Cockroach-Related Dreams

Seeing a Few Cockroaches

Seeing a few cockroaches in a dream is considered a good sign. It denotes that the dreamer can overcome the challenges they are facing in life, even if they have already been through so much.

The dreamer will learn to adapt and rise through these trying times. However, it’s discouraged for the dreamer to bite off more than they can chew. The dreamer should only take these challenges one at a time.

Seeing Multiple Cockroaches

cockroaches wood surface

Dreaming of multiple cockroaches denotes wealth and positive finances. This will allow the dreamer to be able to sustain themselves and their family. This dream could also denote the arrival of visitors that the dreamer did not expect.

Seeing Cockroach Eggs

Seeing only cockroach eggs in a dream can give two meanings. It could signify rebirth, as the cockroach is often associated with it. It could also suggest consecutive bad luck that will reproduce itself.

A Cockroach Flipping on Its Back

cockroach on its back

Cockroaches can sometimes lay on their backs, but they can regain their balance and flip back on their legs.

When this is seen in a dream, it’s considered a good sign because it could denote that the dreamer will also regain their balance despite facing some difficult situations that have knocked them off their feet.

A Cockroach Laying Eggs

Dreaming of a cockroach laying eggs represents the dreamer going through a dark phase in life, but coming out to a fresh beginning. This dream relates to how the process of birth is applicable to the things that people go through in life.

Final Thoughts

Contrary to the negative connotations associated with it, dreams about cockroaches can also be viewed positively. The above dream interpretations are general, and the interpretation that you think is negative (or positive) might mean the opposite for your specific case.  

To decipher its precise and personalized meaning, it’s best to seek the help of psychics who specialize in dream meanings, as they can provide readings that are specifically tailored for you. You can get in touch with professional dream interpreters on this website for a more in-depth interpretation of your experience.