What Do Cockroach Eggs Look Like?

Cockroaches are quite the unsightly critter, and just their presence alone is problematic. The best rule of thumb for cockroaches is “where there’s one. There’s two” because it’s only of a few exceptions where there might be a single roach in one place.

A cockroach infestation is an awful experience because sometimes it’s not even a matter of your cleanliness, but just bad luck. You could be the cleanest person and still get an infestation; no one is immune. You can look for specific details to help better identify the size of the infestation, like spotting their eggs.

If there are eggs present, then it’s best to contact a professional pest control company, like A-1 Bonded Termite, quickly because it might be getting worse soon.

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    What are Cockroach Eggs?

    Cockroach eggs are pretty interesting because of their dynamics. Female cockroaches will not lay one egg but multiple at a time; it differs for each species. The eggs grow in this sac called an “ootheca.”

    The female cockroach creates the ootheca to hold and protect the eggs until they’re ready to hatch. Interestingly enough, depending on the species, the female cockroach won’t carry the ootheca till they’re willing to be hatched.

    Some species will attach their ootheca to a hidden spot that’s often next to a food source for the nymphs to eat when they hatch. Their ootheca turn brownish-red as they get older and sit out longer, but they are tiny, less than an inch big.

    Characteristics of Different Species of Cockroach Eggs

    German Cockroaches

    The German Cockroach lays on average 20-40 eggs at a time. It takes about a month for the eggs to hatch, which doesn’t seem like a long time, but consider they only live for just over half a year.

    American Cockroaches

    On average, the American Cockroach lays about 16 eggs that take up to a month and a half to hatch. A female American Cockroach will lay up to 224 eggs over its almost 700-day lifespan!

    Turkestan Cockroach

    This cockroach produces some of the highest numbers of eggs out of all the species. It will lay around 1-2 ootheca per month that contain on average 20-30 eggs at once. They only take about 2-6 weeks to hatch, which means one sight of a Turkestan Cockroach, and you might have some troubles on your hands.

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    Where to Find Ootheca?

    While some species carry the ootheca till they hatch, many cockroach species don’t. They will produce the ootheca and then place it in a hidden location that typically will have a food source closer to feed the nymphs when they hatch.

    Finding these hidden oothecae can be challenging because they will be in more hidden and secure locations, like areas you don’t typically search through. The crawlspace, attics, bathrooms, and kitchens are often harborage points for cockroach ootheca.

    Aside from those places, it may be best to check areas like pantries, plumbing lines, behind refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and other household appliances. These spots typically have access to food sources and offer good protection from predators and the elements.

     You’ve Found Ootheca

    Another added challenge that cockroaches bring to the table is their camouflage ability and glue their ootheca to specific locations. If you happen to find an ootheca, consider yourself a great detective; otherwise, if you can find the females, they’ll typically be carrying it. Spotting a female having an ootheca sac is easy because they usually stick out greatly compared to other roaches.

    What to do if You Find Oothecae

    If you come across an ootheca sac, you have to first celebrate this victory because of how sneaky the cockroaches can be with them. After your celebration, contact A-1 Bonded Termite to get a free estimate on a cockroach treatment.

    A single cockroach may indicate a much larger hidden issue that needs attention as soon as possible. The cockroach population can begin to double in size the longer they have to sit there, and it doesn’t take very long to happen. Cockroaches are known for carrying various diseases at a time. They are a health hazard to you and your family.

    Stop them before they get out of hand, call A-1 Bonded Termite today, and get cockroach treatment that not only gets rid of them but keeps them away.

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