Cockroaches can multiply relatively quickly. Females produce egg cases called ootheca that hold anywhere from 10 to 50 eggs.
Ootheca encapsulate eggs in a protective protein that hardens over time.
Appearance of Eggs
They are usually brown or red in appearance, look similar to dried kidney beans, and measure up to 5 mm in length.
Where Do Cockroaches Hide Their Eggs?
Egg cases are either deposited in sheltered locations near food sources or carried around by females until the nymphs are ready to hatch.
To keep the eggs protected, female cockroaches deposit eggs in hard-to-find places.
Ootheca may be glued to:
- Beneath pieces of furniture
- Along baseboards
- Any area that allows the eggs to incubate properly
Some more creative hiding places include:
- Inside pantries
- In the cracks of walls
- Between the pages of books.
What Happens After the Eggs Hatch?
After the eggs hatch, empty ootheca are left behind. Spotting either empty or full egg cases indicates a present cockroach infestation and requires immediate action.
Other signs of infestation include the presence of feces or lingering odors.
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