As you go about your business at home, work or in the neighborhood, you may have spotted a white cockroach. You probably got it mistook for some other insect, after all, they all seem the same. It commonly goes by the name nymph or albino cockroach.
It is not common knowledge that cockroaches appear white at one point in their lives. There really is nothing like an albino cockroach. Just an ordinary cockroach advancing to another phase of growth through the molting process. The name was just coined because of the appearance of their pigmentation.
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* Size and Shape
The general shape of these white cockroaches is oval. Their size is similar to the ordinary brown or black cockroach, although depending on the species, the size may vary slightly.
It appears white, cream or tan or color before the exoskeleton forms to a hard brown color.
Some have wings while some do not. It depends on the species.
During molting, they lose most of their pigmentation and shed their outer skin. Their pigmentation is later replaced through a chemical reaction that takes place in their bodies.
Roaches are invertebrates classified under arthropods. This means that they lack a spine; matter of fact, they don’t have any bones in their bodies. For this reason, they must attach to something rigid for them to operate and move their body parts. That is why they need an outer skeleton known as an exoskeleton.
The exoskeleton, being rigid, cannot change once it grows on the roaches. Therefore, the roaches need to go through the molting process as they grow. It involves the old outer skin shedding to allow for a larger model exoskeleton that will be more ‘fitting’ as the cockroach grows to a new size. A typical cockroach goes through this process for at least 14 times depending on the cockroach species.
But before molting happens, a new skin has to form on the outside to retain moisture and keep the body parts intact when shedding of the outer skin happens. When molting starts, they split and crawl out of their old skin. After the molting process, the cockroach is left with a new soft shell that does not have any pigmentation. The new skin is what appears white, cream or tan.
At this stage, they are highly susceptible to predators and to drying out, so they tend to remain hidden most of the time. They are also not rigid enough to make a lot of movements, so it gets difficult for them to run away and hide from predators; they, therefore, opt to stay in dark area. If you see a white cockroach, the chances are that their harborage area has been interfered with. That may also mean a possible infestation of a mature roach population that are breeding somewhere in your home.
The exoskeleton may take some minutes or even up to 6 hours for the skin to tan, harden and regain its pigmentation depending on the cockroach. The cockroaches will start hunting for food, water, and shelter and if this is the final molt, they will look for a mate.
These need to be gotten rid of before they fully mature, and become egg-laying roaches. Although they are not lethal, white cockroaches are a nuisance to your home. They might not bite you, but they pose a health and safety risk for you and your family. This is through the shedding of their shell and skin which are possible allergens.
N/B: Kids’ asthma is mainly caused by roaches especially in the cities. Killing roaches inside the house will make this worse. Vacuum or trap them instead. All roaches skin, feces, saliva or shed skin contain allergens.
They are real cockroaches, so you are bound to find them where the rest of the mature population commonly resides in. You can check out the following areas;
Check your cabinets especially the top areas because that is where they are bound to hide. The farthest corners are a good spot for them too.
* Cracks and Crevices
Cockroaches are very good at making themselves impossible to spot especially in crawl spaces. These areas tend to be dark, so it is a huge convenience for them. Make sure to check the whole crawl space if possible (thoroughly).
* Washers and Dryers
This is a perfect hiding spot for them while molting because it is a dark and damp area. They can molt undisturbed.
They take well to the environment around and sometimes even inside drains. This is because of the dampness associated with the area.
A perfect place filled with darkness like the basement will ensure the roaches feel completely protected for a peaceful molting process.
Do not neglect the barns and sheds. It is also an ideal place because of the dampness and darkness. While trying to eliminate these pests, You will need to include the barns and sheds too in your routine.
* Near Soil Areas
The chances are that the white cockroaches are still around the areas where they were hatched. Places with abundant soil are a favorite spot so make sure to have a look in these regions.
Once you can locate their hiding places, it is pretty easy to get rid of them. You could be in big trouble if you notice one lurking somewhere in your home; there’s definitely many more where that came from.
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* Sanitation is a sure way to drive them away as they thrive well in dirty environments.
* You can also opt for homemade treatments that are available in a wide range of forms such as traps, powders, baits or repellents.
* If the pests persist or you want a thorough treatment, consider extermination services which will save you on a lot of time, hassle, and money.
White Cockroach Prevention
* Eliminate all food sources
* Remove the clutter from your house
* Seal cracks and crevices
* Spray insecticides (read the instructions carefully)
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