What Do Baby Cockroaches Look Like?

A baby cockroach, or nymph, resting on a wall.

Most babies are adorable, but most of us can agree that even the mini version of a cockroach is anything but cute. If you see a small, unidentified insect in your home, you may wonder if it’s the offspring of this common nemesis of Florida homeowners. Knowing the answer to that question is helpful when determining when to call McCall Service for professional pest control.

What do cockroach eggs look like?

We do know that the egg comes before the cockroach, so identifying a soon-to-be baby cockroach is essential if you want to avoid being overrun by roaches. Homeowners rarely see actual eggs, though. You’re likely to spot an earth-toned, spherical “ootheca,” or egg case, measuring 1/8″ to 1/4″ long. This indented case can hold as many as four dozen eggs that will soon hatch into baby cockroaches.

What do baby cockroaches look like?

Also known as nymphs, baby cockroaches have hard, flat brown bodies measuring about 3/8″ long and topped with two long antennae. Their legs are spiny and equipped with feet that are slightly bent for climbing. So, can baby cockroaches fly? No. Fortunately, baby cockroaches are wingless. 

Bugs That Look Like Baby Cockroaches

Like many insects, cockroaches have lookalikes. Common bugs that might be confused for baby roaches include:

  • Bed bugs
  • June bugs
  • Ground beetles
  • Red flour beetles
  • Wood-boring beetles

If you have any doubts about the type of bug you spotted running across your floor, don’t hesitate to contact McCall Service. While no one wants any type of insect in their home, roaches are among the least desirable.

Call McCall for Help With Cockroaches

If you’ve spotted baby roaches or cockroach egg cases in your home, seek professional help right away. Cockroach infestations are becoming increasingly difficult to control. Not only are over-the-counter sprays not up to the job, but they can be unsafe if used incorrectly.

If you suspect a baby roach infestation, get in touch with McCall Service. We offer safe, effective cockroach control services in the following communities:

We’ve been a family-operated business since 1928, so you can count on our friendly, knowledgeable team to restore comfort to your home or business. Contact us today for a free quote!

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