It happened, you saw a tiny cockroach run across your floor. Now you are wondering, was that a baby roach? You may also be asking, if it was a baby, is it still dangerous? These are incredibly important questions. The more information you have, the quicker and easier you will be able to get a handle on the situation. Here, you will find information to help you identify baby cockroaches from adults. You will also find quite a bit of other vital info and facts regarding baby roaches.
How To Identify Baby Cockroaches
Identifying a baby roach may be incredibly easy, or incredibly difficult. It is dependant or two primary factors, stage of life and species.
There are many different species of roaches all over the world and each one looks a bit different. Shape, coloring, and size can all differ from one type of roach to the next.
Beyond species differences, roaches look different at various stages of life. All cockroaches have three stages of life. The first stage is the egg stage. Roaches lay eggs contained within a sac called the ootheca. Depending on the species, this sac can contain anywhere from 10 to 40 eggs. The time that a roach stays in the egg stage is dependant upon the type of roach. If you see the young cockroaches at this stage, you will see a small, often kidney bean shaped sac.
After hatching, roaches enter the second stage of life called the nymph stage. If you come across them during this stage, they will be easy to identify as babies because they will be white in color and quite small. They will quickly begin molting after they reach this stage. They will molt multiple times as they work toward the final stage, adulthood. When they first begin to molt, they will still be easily identifiable as young.
After a short while though, they will begin to look exactly like the adults, perhaps a bit smaller.
Are Little Roaches Dangerous?
To understand the answer to this question it is important to differentiate exactly what you are asking. The term “little” can have two meanings. The first meaning to consider is the literal meaning of small. If you are using the term in this way, it is incredibly likely that you are referring to a species of roach that is smaller than the ones that you are used to seeing. The second meaning of “little” is used as a synonym of young. This is just a way of referring to baby or immature roaches. To answer the original question, yes.
Now, to break it down a bit more. All species of cockroaches are equally bad to have in your home. They all have the potential to spread diseases, exacerbate asthma, and generally contaminate things. Therefore, a small roach, in this context, is every bit as dangerous as a large one. In terms of a young or baby roach, they are not harmless. They have the same DNA as the larger roaches which produced them.
Young roaches are especially dangerous in terms of asthma and allergy responses. This is because the young cockroaches shed their skin quite often. This leads to a release of the special protein contained on their body that produces the allergy response in many humans. The more times they shed their skin, the more of the protein is being released. Also, where there is one roach, there are more, particularly where babies are concerned. This means that there will be an exponential rise is the dangers and risks associated with the presence of cockroaches.
Controlling Cockroach Babies
If you find baby cockroaches in your home, it is vital that you get them under control as quickly as possible. Generally speaking, bait traps tend to work quite well in controlling baby cockroaches. This is because they will be looking for any and all possible food sources. Once found, they will all head directly for the food source. If there are not many, using bait traps will often allow you to get them under control without the aid of a professional pest control expert. However, if there are more than you first thought or there are adults hanging around as well, you will likely need the help of a professional.