Moisture, food, and many other things attract cockroaches and are a nuisance to homeowners. In our previous guide, we discussed how you can identify and get rid of baby German cockroaches, while today, we will help you identify and control baby American cockroaches.
What do American baby cockroaches look like?
Baby American cockroaches have an Oblong shape with 6 legs, flattened and shelled bodies with a long Antennae. These baby cockroaches develop a reddish-brown color during molting. The baby roaches will take 1 to 3 months to develop into adult American cockroaches. American cockroach nymphs are very small insects with soft bodies. American baby cockroaches have cerci but have no wings. So, if you find a small reddish brown bug with a thin antenna at the base of its body and without wings, that is your Baby American cockroach.
Are Baby American Cockroaches Dangerous?
There is no doubt that the presence of cockroaches is unpleasant and disgusting for homeowners. When we talk about cockroaches, whether adults or babies, cockroaches can all cause diseases. These insects can crawl through garbage, sewerage pipes, and even in the toilet, from where they pick bacteria and contaminate our flour, carpet, other surfaces, and foods. As baby American cockroaches are smaller than adults, they can travel through wall cracks and drop pathogens through their saliva. All these factors can spread disease. As a result, we can say that, like other adult cockroaches, American baby cockroaches are also dangerous, and we should try to get rid of them.
How small are baby roaches?
Baby roaches, most commonly known as Nymph, are tiny in size, approximately ¼ inches or even smaller than this; however, they are different in color and shape. There are two main types of baby cockroaches, i.e., American and German baby roaches. Both are dangerous for health. Therefore, eliminating them from your home, business or office is suggested.
Do baby roaches fly?
Baby roaches don’t have wings, so they cannot fly. Even adult cockroaches with wings cannot fly much. Actually, most cockroaches, whether adult or baby, are not good at flying.
Can American cockroaches fly?
Though American cockroaches have the ability to fly, they usually don’t fly. These cockroaches, in rare cases, can fly when the environment temperature is above 85° F. They have wings that help them in flying and can only fly for a short distance.
Can American cockroaches bite?
Technically speaking, these roaches can bite, but usually, it never happens. You don’t need to worry if an American roach bites you unless you do not see any sign of infection in that area. You should talk to the doctor if there is a sign of any infection or if the wound takes more time to heal.
How to Get Rid of Baby American Cockroaches?
To get rid of baby cockroaches, it is recommended that you do the following:
- Pest management experts agree that the key to controlling an infestation is eliminating food and water resources by cleaning up spills, sealing cracks and gaps around pipes and drains, removing trash piles, and repairing holes in exterior surfaces.
- The next step is to apply cockroach gel baits as a slow-acting poison that will kill roaches that eat it over a period of days or weeks.
- Spray insecticidal spray onto surfaces in hard-to-reach areas like under appliances and sinks or into cracks and crevices where cockroaches may reside.
Though Baby American cockroaches are annoying but not a serious threat to your home, they can be controlled with regular cleaning and vacuuming and by sealing up any cracks or openings where they might enter your home.