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The Key To Eliminating Cockroaches In Worcester Is Finding Their Eggs

a cockroach and their eggs

It is a terrible feeling of being awakened by a cockroach running across your hand. Nothing is more embarrassing than to have a cockroach run through your living room when you have guests visiting. If you have cockroaches in the house, you need the Worcester pest control services of Big Blue Bug Solutions.

Roach Eggs: How To Prevent An Infestation

If you find a cockroach in your house, that is a strong indication that you have cockroach eggs in your home.

The following are actions you can take to prevent an infestation:

  1. Seal cracks and crevices in the walls, around the drains, and electrical sockets. 
  2. Wash the dishes and put them away after every meal.
  3. Seal food in airtight containers.
  4. Sweep the kitchen floor to remove crumbs.
  5. Wipe down kitchen counters.
  6. Remove pet food each night from their bowls.

These tactics help slow and reduce cockroaches in your Worcester home; however, you need to find where they are laying their eggs to stop the infestation.

Where Do Cockroaches Lay Eggs?

To find cockroach eggs, you must know how to identify them. These filthy pests lay egg capsules called oothecae.

There are three common cockroaches in Worcester:

The size of the cockroach egg sack in your home and the number of eggs depends upon the species. For example, the American cockroach produces dark-colored eggs capsules which range from 5 mm to 14 mm long and contain up to 17 eggs; the German cockroach makes a brown capsule of about 8 mm long and contains up to 40 eggs. A female oriental cockroach produces an egg capsule containing up to 16 eggs.

These sticky eggs are found in the following locations:

  • Near food sources in the kitchen
  • In dark, damp areas of the basement
  • Beneath and behind kitchen appliances

As a general rule, you will find cockroach egg capsules in areas of the home where food crumbs and moisture tend to be present. The egg capsules are glued to a surface in or near these areas. An indication of the presence of eggs is a "musty" smell due to the pheromone that cockroaches produce.

You want to get rid of cockroaches at home and their eggs as soon as possible. Just one female cockroach can produce up to 100 eggs and will lay multiple eggs at one time.

What To Do About Cockroach Eggs In Your Home

One female German cockroach can produce thousands of cockroaches in her lifetime, so when you find egg capsules — no matter what type of cockroach — you need to know how to get rid of cockroaches in your house.

Some actions you can take to get rid of cockroach eggs include: 

  • Vacuum the eggs and dispose of the contents in a sealed outdoor container. 

  • Clean the egg locations to prevent future eggs from being deposited. 

  • Remove moisture and make sure areas where eggs were found remain dry.

  • Install bait stations and glue strips in the area to catch cockroaches who frequent the egg location.

These methods will be useful in reducing the cockroach infestation in your Worcester home.

Total Residential Cockroach Extermination Services 

The homeowner can and must take steps to address a cockroach problem in the house. Still, due to the quick reproduction rate and the ability of these pests to hide, complete elimination of the cockroaches will require a pest control specialist. Our team at Big Blue Bug Solutions knows about cockroaches. We will treat your home, both inside and outside, with environmentally safe and effective treatments. Reach out to us, and we will work with you to solve your cockroach problem.