The Baby Roach and What to do about them.
We all detest roaches lets be honest. A baby roach is not an exception. The only difference between the two is that the nymph lack wings and are smaller in size. Other than that, both still remain a great nuisance. Apart from the German roaches, the other species of baby roaches are lighter in color than the adult roaches.
Most people confuse the cockroach nymph for albino cockroaches which is not the case. In general, female roaches are bigger in size in comparison to their male counterparts. Some male roaches also lack wings.
Baby roaches in your kitchen, walls, window, etc., is an indication of an existing problem or a blow up waiting to happen. It is enough evidence that there are adult roaches nearby continuously reproducing and if the problem is not nipped in the bud, will get out of control in the near future.
These little creatures have the ability to crawl across surfaces and even scale walls and ceilings. They have special pads on their bodies that enable them to do this. It is important to know what cockroach eggs look like. This will help you to identify nests harbored somewhere in your home.
Depending on the species of roaches available, an egg sack has about 40 eggs. Roaches’ eggs are known as oothecae and are usually enclosed in a protein like substance. This substance later hardens to form a protective casing. The eggs will either be dropped or the female can opt to carry them around till they hatch.
For these species, the females will carry the eggs with them until they hatch. The eggs produced are long and brown in color. They measure from 6 to 9 mm long. Both male and female roaches have wings but they cannot fly.
These are the hardest to control. The main reason is that each ootheca contains about 50 eggs. The rate of reproduction is therefore very high. It takes a period of 103 days for this roaches to mature to adulthood. This type is found in all structures. It is the most common species in the home today.
The American roach oothecae contain up to 15 eggs. They are a dark brown in color and can be up to 8 mm long. It is the largest type of cockroach. The females make about six to 90 of these cases in their entire lifetime. They carry the cases for some hours or a few days. The cases are then deposited in a hidden location to emerge after 24-38 days. The American roach can bring 800 new roaches in a year compared to 300,000 for a German cockroach.
For this type, the development largely depends on the environment. It can take up to 600 days to reach maturity from the nymph stage. A single case contains about 16 eggs. The females produce one to 18 oothecae before they die. They appear slightly swollen and their case is dark reddish-brown in color. The length of the egg case is 8mm. These are larger than German roaches. They have spread in the USA over the years but their origin is in the Middle East.
• Brown-Banded Roach Eggs
They are also known as Smokybrown cockroaches. These species are originally from Asia. The egg case of this type would be identified by a light reddish brown color. The case measures 5mm long and holds 10-18 embryos. In one lifetime, the brown-banded roaches produce 20 such oothecae. It can take approximately three to six months for them to mature from the nymph to the adult stage. Their nymphs are easily recognizable evidenced by the presence of a yellow band on their abdomen.
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How Long will a Baby Roach Stay a Baby
They remain in their egg pouch for a period of 21 days but can take months to hatch depending on the environmental conditions and the species. They emerge as nymphs, mostly appearing white or grey in color, and darken after a few hours. It only takes a couple of minutes for them to start using their limbs. Nymphs produce their own offspring after a few months and are often mistaken for other bugs.
After they emerge, the nymphs move around in search of their next meal. They will go through the molting process a number of times until they come into full maturity after about one year. Roaches have a life expectancy of up to a year. As they are most comfortable in their area of harborage, this is the best place to kill them. They may not wander far away from their nesting area which may make it difficult to find them.
Most Likely Places You Will Find Baby Roaches
Environments best suited for roaches are wood areas or near water and food sources. They also prefer darker areas and are nocturnal little creatures. This is probably why you will see them scattering away in kitchens and bathrooms when you turn on the light; the two most common areas where they are found. The damp environment and food remains are responsible for their infestation in these areas.
Surprisingly enough, some roaches get into your home through sewer lines. Unknown to most people, they can spread allergies and diseases such as dysentery, diarrhoea, and hepatitis. It is safe to
put the blame on roaches for food spoilage sometimes.
How to Get Rid of Baby Roaches in Your Home
Treatment depends majorly on the size of the infestation. There are some basic tactics that you can employ to reduce the roaches in your home.
1. Overall hygiene of your home will reduce the number of roaches that you see skitter across surfaces.
2. Clean up your kitchen and living area properly to avoid leaving food crumbs and residues lying around. Don’t leave food out in the open. Ensure that all the stored food is tightly sealed.
3. Reduce the moisture in your home and fix any leak points present.
4. Take the trash out as often as you can.
5. Repair any cracks and crevices in your home. These are a sure hiding-place for roaches.
6. Sticky traps are a great way of determining the breeding and hiding places of the cockroaches.
7. Insecticide baits are a great way of eliminating the roaches. They should be sprayed or poured (powder} along the cracks and crevices after clean up. There are a variety of sprays, traps, and solution in the market to rid you of this menace.
8. Pest Extermination. After all is said and done, and the roaches just seem relentless, this is a great option. Sometimes the problem is already out of control especially if you live in an apartment. Leave it to the Professionals to do what they do best.
Things You Did Not Know About Roaches
1. Roaches live together in groups but unlike ants, they are not social beings.
2. Roaches are cold blooded creatures. They cannot survive a week without water but can go for even a month without food.
3. They can actually live without their heads for up to a week.
4. The American roach is specifically attracted to beer and other alcoholic beverages.
5. Cockroaches are older than dragons. They are estimated to be about 280 million years old.
6. The American roach is originally from Africa, ironic right?
A common myth is that roaches only have their habitats in dirty places. So your home must be dirty, right? Wrong. They exist in clean homes too. These notorious creatures are resourceful and they will find the water and food available in your house. It should definitely raise an alarm when you notice a baby cockroach. It is an indication of several more lurking nearby.
Basic home techniques may reduce the problem but fail to eradicate it completely. Deal with the baby roaches as soon as you spot them to prevent a greater infestation before it gets out of hand.
If it gets out of hand or you do not or don’t want to deal with this issue yourself, we can provide you Free Pest Control Services Quotes in your area to get you a free quote to eradicate them for you.