What do Cockroach Eggs Look Like?

August 2019

When it comes to cockroach eggs, you really have to know what you are looking for, as well as where to look. While you may think you’re looking for individual eggs, you’re actually not going to find a single egg or a group of individual eggs just lying around. This is because cockroach eggs are contained in an ootheca. An ootheca is a protective casing that a female roach produces to keep eggs safe from predators and the surrounding environment. While oothecae can vary in appearance based on the species, most are small (about 8mm in length) and start out white in color. However, as the ootheca ages, it hardens and turns dark brown or reddish-brown in color.

How Many Eggs does a Cockroach Lay?

A cockroach’s ootheca holds multiple eggs. However, the number of eggs within each ootheca varies by the species of cockroach. Roaches with higher reproductive rates will obviously lay more oothecae, and in turn, more eggs. For example, the German cockroach, which is commonly found in homes across the U.S., reproduces quickly. For example, a female German cockroach can produce over 30,000 offspring within a year. Another common cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, will create around 20 oothecae throughout her life. Brown-banded cockroach oothecae typically hold between 10 and 20 eggs. Oriental cockroaches, on the other hand, only produce around 8 oothecae. These oothecae hold 15 eggs on average. Lastly, like the Oriental cockroach, the American cockroach produces an ootheca that contains around 15 eggs. During her lifetime, an American cockroach can lay as little at 6 oothecae or as many as 90 oothecae.

In short, while oothecae may look similar across cockroach species, the number of oothecae and count of eggs depends on the species.

Where do Cockroaches Lay Eggs?

Cockroaches don’t just lay there eggs anywhere. However, there are some places that cockroaches are more drawn too. While there are some species, such as the type: entry-hyperlink id: 3ru15u6tj241qRzghwdQ5c, that will carry their oothecae until the eggs inside are close to hatching, many cockroaches find secluded and safe areas to leave their oothecae.

In general, kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and attics are popular areas for cockroaches to leave oothecae. Additionally, many cockroaches will leave oothecae in close proximity to a food source. A female cockroach does this so her offspring will be able to find food on their own. As a result, you should pay close attention to pantries, cabinets, crawl spaces, and storage areas. Furthermore, roach eggs can be attached to just about any surface, such as walls, furniture, or other household objects, so most of the time you’ve really got to hunt for them.

Getting Rid of Cockroach Eggs

Getting rid of cockroach eggs involves much more than using a roach bomb. Not only do you need to be able to locate the cockroach eggs, you need to destroy them completely as well. While many people try vacuuming up roach eggs or applying boric acid or pesticides to them, your best bet is to call a pest control service such as Aptive.

Getting rid of roaches requires a lot of perseverance. An Aptive professional will be able to locate and eliminate roach eggs from your home. Furthermore, our trained technicians will go after any baby cockroaches or adult cockroaches you may have in your home. Cockroaches can get out of hand fast. However, by using a trained professional, you will be able to rest easy knowing that a rapid decline in roaches is in your future.

Because the presence of cockroach eggs is a telltale sign of a roach infestation, it is of utmost importance to call a pest control service right away. Cockroaches multiply quickly and you could have an even bigger problem on your hands in a small amount of time. Rather than relying on ineffective DIY pest control methods, let an Aptive pest professional take care of the roach problem for you. Aptive professionals recognize how important it is to feel safe and comfortable in your own home. This is why we create a customized pest control plan, tailored to your specific needs, in order to get you back to feeling secure and relaxed in as little time as possible. If you notice cockroaches in your home, or spot cockroach oothecae, call your local Aptive Environmental branch today.

Recommended Reading

Pest Control: The Lifecycle of Pests

Pests are a nuisance to homeowners, and can cause a lot of damage to property, as well as health risks to humans and pets. To effectively control pests, it is important to understand their lifecycle and behavior. In this article, we will explore the lifecycle of...

Feb 17, 2023

Data, Patterns, and Pest Control

As a leading pest control provider, Aptive service professionals encounter all kinds of pest activity across the country. Our ability to monitor this pest activity has provided valuable insights into understanding the prevalence of specific pest types at different...

Aug 1, 2023

Jumping Spider Control: Effective Methods to Eliminate and Prevent

Jumping spiders may seem harmless, but they can quickly get out of hand. With their swift movements and sharp vision, jumping spiders can be a nuisance and even pose risks to you and your surroundings. That's where effective jumping spider control methods come into...

Jul 26, 2023

Brown Recluse Spider: Facts, Bites & Control

Did you know that brown recluse spiders, also known as violin spiders, are among the most common venomous arachnids found in the United States? These elusive creatures are famous for their distinctive violin-shaped markings on their bodies. Brown recluse spiders...

Jul 14, 2023

Ultimate guide to identifying, preventing, and treating earwigs

Did you know that there is an insect with a rather peculiar name that often sparks curiosity and even fear? Meet the earwig, a nocturnal creature belonging to the order Dermaptera. With elongated bodies and distinctive pincers called cerci at their rear end, these...

Jun 19, 2023

Carpet Beetles: Identification, Prevention & Control Tips

Did you know that there are tiny creatures lurking in your home that can cause significant damage to fabrics and other materials? These are carpet beetles, small oval-shaped insects with a varied color pattern. There are several species of carpet beetles, but the...

Jun 12, 2023

Flea Bites: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Have you ever noticed a red bump on your skin that is itchy and painful? If so, you might have been bitten by a flea. Fleas are tiny insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals, and their bites can cause discomfort and irritation. In this article, we will...

May 31, 2023

Get Rid of Silverfish: Your Ultimate Guide!

Silverfish are common household pests that can be found in dark and damp areas of your home, such as basements, attics, and bathrooms. They are named after their silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like movements. These insects have a three-stage life cycle: egg,...

May 25, 2023

The Short Lifespan of Flies

Flies have a relatively short lifespan, typically living for only a few weeks to a few months, depending on the species. Their lifespan is influenced by various factors, including temperature, humidity, and availability of food and water. Flies lay their eggs in...

Feb 15, 2023

What Attracts Ants to Your Home?

Ants are small, seemingly harmless pests, but without proper treatment they can quickly become a massive nuisance. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t know where to start with ants and typically try solutions that only temporarily fix the problem. It can be difficult to...

Nov 22, 2022

How to Pest-Proof Your Garbage Cans

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with managing pest-ridden garbage cans. What many city-dwellers and suburbians don’t realize though, is how easy it is for their own trash cans to become home to opportunistic pests. Allowing bugs to live in your...

Oct 20, 2022

Take back your home with pest control today.

Pin It on Pinterest