Seeing baby roaches in your kitchen and in other parts of your home only means one thing; you have a problem (or one coming your way). They are a sign of a serious infestation charging your way. Of course, that’s only if you don’t already have one that you aren’t aware of. Here’s what you need to do ASAP to minimize their chances of taking over your home.
What it Means
Like I said above, having baby roaches means you’ve got a cockroach problem. If there are babies running around then that means there are adults that are reproducing and creating them. It doesn’t always necessarily mean you have a serious infestation already, but they are a sure sign of one. Sometimes it just means you’ve got a minor problem leading to a major problem; one that’s going to be very difficult to solve should you let their numbers grow too big to control.
There might even be a chance that there are actually no adults in your home at this point. Before you read any further, you must know what do baby cockroaches look like. Knowing the difference will help you tell if you have small adults, or babies. So in other words, know the average size of the type of cockroach you are dealing with and know what they look like. In general, if they are smaller, or are not fully developed and doesn’t possess the features of an adult (like a baby german cockroach without wings) then it is a baby.
You may even have gotten lucky. You may have just introduced an egg sac from the outside; this is usually from cardboard boxes and other packaging. A single egg sac, depending on the species of the cockroach, can contain maybe over 40 eggs or more. While this is a possibility, I would say that it is likely not the case. It’s best to assume the worst and treat it as so. You need to:
- Using a sprayer, spray contact killers, like Demon Max, immediately
- Lay down as many glue traps as you can
- Use Gentrol, an insect growth regulator, to stop the baby roaches from being able to mature into reproducing adults. You can use the same sprayer you used for the Demon max.
You want to stop them RIGHT now and nothing else will do so faster. Not killing them ASAP could give them the chance to grow, reproduce and explode the population—the one thing you want to avoid.
What are the risks should you choose to ignore these baby roaches? As I said a few times ready, the biggest risk is a giant infestation. If you already have an infestation then their numbers and the problems they bring with them will only get worse. Leaving them alone and allowing the population to explode will only cost you more in wasted money to remove them, wasted time and effort to deal with them, and a lot of frustration and stress; because it will seem like nothing will dent their numbers no matter what you do, try, or hire. Let’s not forget that one single female can produce an egg sac that contains over 50 roaches or more. Let’s also keep in mind that one single female will produce multiple egg sacs within one lifetime.
What to Do
The only thing you need to do is get rid of them. That means kill them off. There is no room, or time to find a friendlier way of removing them. After all, you can’t just ask them to move out. Even if we were in some bizarre, alternate world, where they understood you, they wouldn’t even bother to consider your request anyways.
You have two options. One, you hire a professional exterminator to come and take care of everything. Or two, you kill them yourself; and you do it immediately. Option number one is great for those who can afford the extra monthly expenses. However, option number two is way more practical for most of us who have a tighter budget.
If you want to do it yourself, do what I recommended above:
- Spray Demon Max, a contact killer, using a sprayer
- Place a bunch of Catchmaster glue traps
- Mix and spray Gentrol (using a sprayer) to stop them from maturing into adults that can reproduce
Alternatively, you can also use other slower, but still very effective methods of dealing with them.
Don’t Forget IGRs (Insect Growth Regulators)
If you choose to exterminate them yourself then you need to know about IGR, or insect growth regulators. I mentioned them a few times earlier, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to use IGRs with which ever method you decide to use. You can’t use IGRs alone, because they will not kill roaches. Just as their name implies they are just growth regulators. That means they stop baby roaches from molting into adult roaches. Stopping the juveniles from reaching adulthood means stopping them from becoming adults that are capable of reproducing.
IGR’s are just imitated juvenile hormones. For a juvenile cockroach to molt into an adult there has to be no trace of juvenile hormones left in their body. Exposing them to these imitated hormones trick their body into thinking they are not ready to molt into adults. So as you can see they don’t kill them. They just stop them from being able to reproduce. Keep in mind that this has no effect on adult roaches whatsoever. Again, it doesn’t kill cockroaches. It is absolutely critical to remember this fact because so many people have attempted to use IGRs alone only to get poor results and give up.
When you’re looking for an IGR to use, you’re probably run into various brands. Each manufacturer may use different active ingredients, or it may say something different on the label. It doesn’t really matter what’s in it as long as it’s an IGR, it should do the job just fine.
The IGR’s I recommend most are:
Remember to read the labels, warnings, and instructions before you use it.
Don’t delay and let this problem grow into an even bigger one that can potentially get beyond your control. If you see baby roaches in the kitchen or anywhere in your home at all then follow these steps to get rid of them.
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