Do You Have Straw Between Your Window Screens and Where They Slide Out?

Jessica N. Abraham
5 min readAug 5, 2021
Image via Master Gardner’s of Northern Virginia.

Here in Warren, we’ve been experiencing some beautiful summer weather. When it’s raining, many of us open our windows to the fresh air of an afternoon shower and welcome the breeze of a gentle wind, carrying the fragrance of nature as it enters our environment.

What we don’t welcome are the pests that have buried themselves under our screens, only uncovered when they’re slid out to clean.

If you’ve recently cleaned the tracks that allow your screen to open and close, you may have noticed a dry, straw-like grass protecting what can only be described as a nest of debris with eggs ready to hatch. These eggs may even catch you off guard.

At first, you may wonder how you ended up with such a big cockroach nest without seeing one cockroach.

Well, I got news for you — those aren’t cockroaches!

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Actually, if you’ve ever seen a cockroach egg, they are rarely left within a nest. And, they’re much smaller than the ones you’re probably seeing in your screen.



Jessica N. Abraham

Jessica N. Abraham writes about Business, Technology and Career Development. | Twitter: @jessicanabraham