Dreaming of Cockroaches

Dreams have long held a mystic allure, serving as a window into the subconscious mind and often leaving us with lingering questions about their significance. Among the myriad of dream symbols that can manifest, many of us may wonder what is the biblical meaning of dreaming of cockroaches. 

In the realm of biblical interpretation, dreams have played a prominent role, with various symbols and visions holding profound spiritual and prophetic implications. To explore the biblical perspective on dreaming of cockroaches, we must delve into the scriptures, seeking insights that shed light on the spiritual messages these dreams might convey.

Cockroaches are insects that can be found anywhere in the world. Their unique characteristics make them possess profound symbolism. They have both positive and negative sides.

Let’s dive into the crawly world and discover the meaning of cockroaches in your dreams!

What Is the Biblical Meaning of Dreaming of Cockroaches?

Cockroaches aren’t explicitly mentioned in the Bible. However, there are plenty of times when insects are. They are usually associated with their habit of living in dirty and dark places. The darkness that cockroaches surround themselves with may signify the agenda of darkness that a person can have.

They can also be interpreted as demons the devil sends to stop you in your ways, to disassemble and ruin your plans. Roaches in dreams are carriers of evil spirits; they are related to pollution and sin.

On the positive side, dreaming of cockroaches can reveal the need to clean the dirtiness in your life or home. This dream can represent endurance, courage, or ability to withstand home battles. 

Furthermore, a cockroach dream might indicate a demon trying to stink an odor onto a person’s life. When a cockroach is killed, it releases a nasty odor and bacteria.

In the Bible, such insects represent poverty, illness, disease, and unresolved issues. You may see that from Deuteronomy 14:19: “And all the teeming life with wings are unclean to you; they shall not be eaten.”

Dreaming of Cockroaches
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Meaning in Judaism

Roaches can be associated with barriers to stop or challenge you on your way to enlightenment. If you have dreams of roaches, it might be a symbol telling you to start changing things for spiritual and personal growth.

If you are a Kabbalist, dreaming of roaches might signify to you to try and take a new approach to your spirituality, a different angle.

Meaning in Islam

Roaches in Islam are seen as a bad omen and bad luck. So, if you are chasing around the roach in the dream, trying to catch it, it may signify that you have surrounded yourself with a bad circle of people. It would be best to be more careful with your actions and who you trust from the people close to you. 

If the roach is running around in your house, it may mean a family member has no good intentions for you. They are not evil, nor do they wish you serious harm. But they may be toxic towards you.

Interpretation of Cockroach Actions in Your Dreams

A cockroach lying on its back

Having dreams of cockroaches can be quite weird. One of the weird dreams that you may have is of a cockroach lying on its back like a turtle flipped on its shell. 

It is a positive sign if the roach prevails, which it almost always does. It means that not giving up made it and survived another day. For you, that means that even though you might face some problems, you will get through them. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

If the roach doesn’t flip, it is not good news. It means that a long and difficult journey full of challenges awaits you. Don’t discourage yourself; you might make it through, but it will not be easy.

Cockroaches roaming in and around your mouth

This dream couldn’t be less pleasant, especially for those fearing cockroaches. Having cockroaches near your mouth signifies miscommunication or a misunderstanding with somebody, that somebody might be important to you or they may not be. Yet, the fact is that it is bothering you.

It could also mean that you should be more careful with how much you share or what you say around people. Because of this, you could have hurt somebody’s feelings with what you said.

Infestation of cockroaches

Discovering a cockroach infestation in your home may not be a visually pleasing sight, but it could hold significance or symbolism in your life. It might mean that you need to clean some stuff up. Whether physically cleaning your home, solving your family issues, or cleaning the dirty parts of your life, you need more cleanliness. 

Roaches like to live in dark and dirty places, so seeing them in your dreams that something around you is either dark or dirty needs to be changed.

You may find more in Leviticus 11:23-24: “But all other winged insects which are four-footed are detestable to you. ‘By these, moreover, you will be made unclean: whoever touches their carcasses becomes unclean until evening.”

Dead cockroach

Having a dream of a dead cockroach is, unfortunately, bad news. Your goals and plans for the foreseeable future may not work out. Or at least they will not be accomplished as easily as you thought. 

Although this might be disheartening, what you need to do is what a cockroach would: continue fighting and chasing your goals. Dreaming of cockroaches might mean you are as resilient as they are, so prove it. Take another angle; listen to somebody else’s advice. They could be wiser than you and help you get through the difficulties. 

From a psychological standpoint, a dead cockroach might mean that you will have your mind cleared. You should take a few steps back to go forward; stop worrying because you will go forward either way.

A person turning into a cockroach

Seeing somebody you know, like a family member or friend, turning into a cockroach can have two opposite but profound meanings. 

The positive symbolism might mean that your relationship or friendship will be strengthened greatly with that person. Roaches are associated with strength and resilience. Therefore, you might become closer to that person.

The negative symbolism might affect your relationship with the person you dreamt of. Your relationship or friendship might become problematic for both of you. You might become distant. This might be a good sign to talk to that person to iron things out before they get out of hand.

Interpretation of Cockroach Actions in Your Dreams
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Interpretation of Colorful Cockroaches in Dreams

Each color of a cockroach has different characteristics, each representing something else. A cockroach of one color in a dream might mean one thing, but another color could mean something else.

As they have differences in nature with how they live, their abilities, and more, they bear different meanings in dreams.

Black cockroaches

When dreaming of black cockroaches, prepare for some trouble in your daily life. You might have a bundle of problems coming your way and face a lot more challenges.

Black cockroaches, even though covered by wings three-quarters of their body’s size, cannot fly. Their inability to fly, despite possessing wings, symbolizes being severely hindered, depicting the challenges of navigating a difficult situation and the struggle to break free.

One positive note about these roaches is that dreaming of them might mean you will likely enter a relationship soon. That is if you are not in a relationship already.

Killing a black roach might mean the end of dark times. Your problems and tribulations are now behind you; you are like a new person.

Red cockroaches

Dreaming of red cockroaches might only have positive aspects. It may mean that you are about to encounter a large financial increase. This might mean that somebody is going to give you money. It might be someone you know or have never met. 

Or, if you have been doing good, you might get a raise at your job. You never know; you might even be the next lucky lotto winner!

White cockroach

When dreaming of a white cockroach, be wary as somebody may betray you. Somebody that may seem like a good person, too good to be true, somebody you least expect it from. They will act nice, get close to you, earn your trust, and then they may deceive you. 

This doesn’t mean that you can’t ever trust anybody around you; be more careful around them from now on!

Another interpretation is that you have lost your focus and motivation. You should try doing things you love to regain your motivation and achieve your goals.

Green cockroach

Seeing a green cockroach in a dream might mean that a wealthy person has put their trust in you. They may be looking to entrust you with their wealth. They might believe in you and trust they are making a good investment by giving you their wealth.

Pink cockroaches

Dreaming of a pink cockroach may signify that you have some small problems that may subconsciously bother you. Trying to iron out those wrinkles may improve your quality of life significantly. Although they may not seem like big problems, they pile up and put a lot of weight on our shoulders after a while. 

Trying to fix some of your problems can have a lot of benefits but no drawbacks. As they say, doing a little bit of something is better than doing nothing.

Yellow cockroach

Yellow cockroaches signify that somebody from the past is looking to contact you again. Maybe an old friend, family member, or an ex. They have been thinking about you lately and might soon try and get in contact with you.

If you are dreaming of touching or holding a yellow cockroach, it might mean that you are that person trying to get in contact with somebody else. 

Spiritual Meaning of Dreaming of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are known for their uncleanliness. They like to live in dark and dirty places, defecate where they live, crawl, and eat virtually anything. Plus, they are not pleasant to look at.

Dreaming of cockroaches may signal the need to address toxic relationships or harmful habits, suggesting it’s time to clean up and improve those parts of your life.

However, the positive side of dreaming of cockroaches is they are known for being some of the most resilient creatures on earth. This might mean you should not stop fighting your fights until the end. To be courageous and strong, not to give up easily!

They can also mean letting go of our old beliefs or habits. Seeing them in a dream might signify that you need to explore your spiritual journey, get out of your comfort zone, face your fears, and gain personal growth.

Spiritual Meaning of Dreaming of Cockroaches
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are cockroaches lucky or unlucky?

While the interpretation of dreams can be quite subjective, dreaming about cockroaches generally carries negative connotations due to their association with uncleanliness. 

What do insects signify in dreams?

Bugs, insects, and roaches signify something bothering your subconscious. By dreaming of these creepy crawlies, your subconscious is trying to speak to you indirectly. Telling you that something is bothering you even though you may not know it.

Did your dream cockroaches that were deceased or still living?

If the roaches were alive in your dream, this may signify their strength and resilience. You are likely to bounce back stronger than ever.

Suppose the roaches in the dream were dead. That may symbolize the end of a challenging part of your life. You have maybe got through the obstacles, and now you are at the end of the tunnel, entering into the light.


What is the biblical meaning of dreaming of cockroaches? You could have found that such dreams may symbolize impurity, sin, or the presence of negative influences. 

They may also point towards personal and spiritual growth. However, the interpretation of dreams is subjective; consider your personal beliefs alongside biblical symbolism. 

Whichever way you interpret it, dreaming of roaches may be a call for self-exploration and personal development, as most dreams are.


Greetings in faith! I'm Tracey, a devoted follower of the Word. This blog shares my passion for Christ, prayer, and biblical studies. I practice daily meditation, have visited sacred sites worldwide, and cherish my Holy Land pilgrimage. In my leisure, I craft prayer beads, spiritual artwork, and faith-inspiring handmade items. Join me as we explore the Bible's richness and the transformative power of faith.

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