Baby roaches are anything but cute and lovable. In fact, they can be your home’s worst nightmare if you do not take them seriously. You can keep your home safe and sanitary and also keep a possible infestation at bay by knowing what to do when you see baby roaches in kitchen, bathroom or other areas of your house, which we also covered extensively in our main guide of how to get rid of cockroaches.
Baby Cockroach Consequences
So just what does a baby cockroach being in your kitchen mean? Yes, it can be simple just to crush a roach or kill it using spray or boric acid. That particular roach may no longer be a threat, but what about any others that you find? The old saying goes that if you see one roach then there are probably hundreds more lurking somewhere else in your home.
That’s the truth when it comes to baby roaches. If you see one, then there are probably dozens more somewhere close by simply because a typical female cockroach lays about 16 eggs in a single clutch. Even if half of those eggs hatch in your home, you’ve got the makings of an infestation that could overtake your house if you do not stop the baby cockroaches before they mature.
In fact, it only takes a few months for a baby roach to reach maturity and start the process of mating and procreating itself. As we told you before, depending on the species the typical baby roach can grow and mature in as few as two to three months. Once it reaches maturity, it starts looking for a mate to make more baby roaches.
If you let a baby cockroach problem fester in your home, you could be facing a huge population of roaches in your home within just a few months’ time. The number of these pests could be so significant that you may have to spend a lot of time and energy to get rid of it.
Even though a single baby cockroach may not seem like that big of a deal at the time, it is important that you realize the potential that this single little creature has when it comes to wreaking havoc on your home. It is best to take steps now to get rid of it and to treat your home for a possible infestation, just so you know that in a few months that your home will not be overtaken by cockroaches and an ever-growing number of baby cockroaches hatching and thriving without being stopped.
Risks of Baby Roaches
We also told you about the health and safety risks that come with cockroaches being in your home. You know by now that these pests carry viruses and bacteria that can make you and your family very sick from dysentery, diarrhea, and other infections.
But did you know that baby cockroaches in particular can be dangerous to people in your home who suffer from respiratory illnesses asthma and allergies? A baby cockroach not only carries viruses and bacteria. It also sheds its skin numerous times before it reaches maturity. As it matures, it replaces its entire bodily skin, a process that is called molting.
Every time it molts, the baby roach leaves behind this dander-laden shell. When you have a bunch of baby roaches in your home, you also probably have countless molted shells laying around in corners, crevices, and cracks in your walls, floors, and elsewhere.
You may not even see these shells. However, if you or a family member has asthma, allergies, or another respiratory condition, chances are that you or this person will be doing more sneezing, coughing, and suffering from itchy, watery eyes. It may also get to the point that over-the-counter or prescription medication makes no dent in keeping the symptoms under control. The only remedy is to get rid of the baby roaches entirely.
Knowing What Baby Roaches Look Like
You know what adult cockroaches look like. But do you know for sure what a baby cockroach looks like? You may be surprised to learn that baby roaches look nothing like full-grown adults. In fact, baby roaches, also called nymphs, are usually white or gray, depending on their species. They are not the dark brown or black coloring of a mature adult roach.
Adults like the German cockroach also have markings like fine yellow lines on their bodies. Baby roaches, however, do not have these markings. They have smooth bodies and only are around three millimeters in length.
They also do not have wings like adults, although they do grow wings as they get bigger. So when you see tiny white or gray bugs crawling around your kitchen, bathroom, or elsewhere, you should not assume that these baby cockroaches are something different like sow bugs or a type of beetle that you have never before seen. They are in fact baby roaches that could signal a possible infestation.
You also will not find a baby roach population in places where you will find adults. Because they are so young and immature, baby cockroaches will typically stay hidden close to where they hatched until they are old enough to forge out on their own.
If you have read the other information on the website, you know that female roaches lay their eggs in dark corners, crevices, and cracks in your kitchen, laundry room, or anywhere they can find food, warmth, humidity, and shelter. If you look in these nooks and crannies, you may find the baby cockroach presence that confirms that you may have a possible pest control problem that you need to deal with now.
Getting Rid of Baby Cockroaches
The health risks, along with the fact that baby roaches grow up and start reproducing quickly, should be enough to convince you to take measures to stop these pests. We have given you several helpful and proven ways to get rid of an infestation in your home. Whatever method you choose, your sole focus should be on getting rid of the baby roaches in your home and putting any growing or established infestation to rest.
You should also make sure that you avoid bringing baby cockroaches into your home. Even the cleanest and most sanitary of homes can be at risk of an infestation if you bring in an egg sac with you. Roaches have been known to lay eggs in paper grocery sacks, cardboard boxes, and even your suitcase if you stay in a hotel with a pest problem.
Once an egg sac is in your home, it can hatch on its own without the female cockroach being present. Like we told you, a single clutch can contain as many as 16 eggs in it.
Sixteen baby roaches can quickly grow into mature adults that can then lay more eggs and start a pest problem that may soon get out of hand. Before you empty your groceries, boxes, suitcase, or other parcels, you should check them for egg sacks, especially if you know you have been somewhere that is dealing with a roach problem of its own.
A single baby cockroach may not seem like that big of a deal when you first see it. You can simply step on it or spray it to get rid of it, right? Unfortunately, a baby roach can be more of a problem than you think. By learning what the presence of baby roaches in your home mean, you can take the right steps and deal with any possible infestation quickly and efficiently.