Why are There Small Cockroaches in My Kitchen?

Why are There Small Cockroaches in My Kitchen?

Seeing small roaches in your home might not feel like something to panic about. However, there is more to panic about when you start seeing these tiny roaches. They are normally a sign of a roach infestation in your home, that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Just like smoke signifies fire, having small roaches in your house signifies a colony. In case this is ignored, the colony could grow exponentially to uncontrollable levels. You don’t need to panic, in this piece we will explain everything you need to do to win the battle against small cockroaches.

How do baby cockroaches look like?

Small cockroaches are baby cockroaches, and they are a bit smaller than their adult counterparts and lighter in colour. After hatching, they are nymph-like and grey or white. However, these vary depending on the species. The main difference between the adult and baby cockroaches is that the baby cockroaches do not have wings. When they have just hatched, the babies are very tiny; it might be very difficult to see them since they will often stay close to the hatched zone or hide in dark corners.

How soon can the small cockroaches hatch?

Normally the baby cockroaches grow through stages of moulting, which is the process where they shed their outer shell to expand. They will normally do this about seven times before they fully become adults. The female adult cockroaches will release pheromones that attract male cockroaches, and after they mate, the female will produce an egg sac that is known as ootheca. These egg sacs have the capabilities of producing up to six baby cockroaches at a rate of one or two egg sacs in a week. Cockroaches live up to eighteen months, and during this time, they can produce hundreds of offspring.

What health risks can small cockroaches bring to your home?

Both small and big cockroaches carry bacteria and viruses that could easily cause diseases such as diarrhea and dysentery. Cockroaches are also known to affect individuals who have respiratory problems such as allergies and asthma. People who have these issues will have watery eyes or start coughing more than usual when they get exposed to areas with small cockroaches.

How can you get rid of small roaches?

The best method to get rid of these small scurrying creepers would be to kill them.  A multi-prolonged method is normally required to get rid of them by penetrating their breeding grounds to deal with the infestation source. Here are a few things you can do.

Seal up any cracks and holes in your home. It’s important to thoroughly check your household for entry points where these cockroaches could be getting in from. Check on floors, baseboards, walls, interior pipes, porches, decks, and steps. Use sealants like spray foam or caulk to block up the cracks and holes.

Avoid leaving standing water on home surfaces. Just like humans, cockroaches rely on the water to survive; they will normally gravitate towards water sources available. Therefore, ensure you didn’t leave water lying in pet bowls, your dishwasher or even your sink. Check for leaking faucets in your home; they could be supplying water to your small roaches.

Keep your home clean and clutter free. Just like keeping off any other pest, cleaning your home regularly will deter cockroaches. Cockroaches are interested in food sources; it’s therefore important never to leave food out in the open. Always wipe off your working surfaces in the kitchen, and avoid leaving dirty dishes unwashed. Uneaten food should be thrown in a tight lid bin. Also ensure you regularly clean your appliances such as your microwave, stove, fridge or toaster since this is where food particles tend to accumulate. In case you notice a cockroach in your home, it is important that you contact your local professional cockroach exterminator Toronto. They will be in a better position to figure out how to quickly get rid of your cockroach problem.

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Joe The Exterminator
Joe The Exterminator

Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.