The fastest way to identify between adult and baby cockroaches is to look for distinguishing marks on the body. Usually, on an adult cockroach, you will notice a hard exoskeleton shell where the head would be. But not all cockroaches grow wings as adults, and a complete lack of branches does not necessarily prove that you are dealing with an adult cockroach. Cockroaches with missing wings are called hatchlings or infant cockroaches, and these can often be identified by observing their method of movement.
Characteristics of Baby Cockroach
The most distinct type of cockroach is the baby cockroach; they have wings but no tail and do not appear to feed. Usually, these are found in houses that have had a lot of water damage. They have white or light-colored eggs, which look like rice. They don’t have wings and eat just like an adult cockroach would.
When a baby cockroach begins to molt, it’s not unusual that the adult version will follow along. To identify whether it’s the same species or not, you should look for signs of molting. This may be done by looking at the moths that come out of the sac containing the eggs. Moths that come out of the sac are most likely to be baby cockroaches since molting is common. If you find a single moth in a sac, it is most likely not the same species as the rest of the moths, but you still need to know for sure.
These moths come out of their sacs because they are either ready to reproduce or because they are fed. Cockroaches are omnivorous animals, and they will eat almost anything if it fits into their mouths. While they can get sick from overeating food or eating the wrong kind, they generally do not become ill from starvation. However, this is generally not a good sign since you never know when your pest may turn on you for its next meal.
In the case of baby cockroaches, they have their first molt as they are developing. The developing baby cockroach will generally crawl around the floor, looking for moisture to complete its metamorphosis into adulthood. When water is present, this can cause the baby cockroach to leave its shell and molt back into its original environment, looking and acting like an adult. You may see this happening to infestations that you have had before.
Baby cockroaches are found in almost all parts of the world; however, they are more commonly found in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asian countries. Cockroaches tend to be less of a problem in other countries because of sanitation. Generally, people clean up infestations easily, and the pest is gone for good. However, some people in undeveloped and underdeveloped countries can become infested through traveling or near pet stores where cockroaches are often sold and housed. A baby cockroach infestation can also occur in homes made from flammable substances such as paint, lead-based paint, wood, and furniture.
There are three different species of baby cockroach: the common house cricket, the western boxelder cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach. Each species has slightly different movement patterns, growth habits, and life cycles. You can tell the difference between the species by their color pattern and their size. Generally, the common house cricket is smaller than the other two but has an enormous brown-banded variety.