Seeing a cockroach crawl on your kitchen counter can be one of the most disturbing things for a homeowner to find. Swatting that individual roach with a rolled-up newspaper may seem easy enough, but generally, when there is one small cockroach, there are many more. A full-blown infestation may have already occurred in your home, and you could be completely unaware of the extent since roaches tend to take up residence within walls. Dealing with this issue sooner rather than later is always preferable, especially because if you decide to wait, more roaches can be born very quickly.
Reproduction Cycle of a Cockroach
If you have ever seen a particularly long cockroach, then you may have seen a female carrying its egg case on its abdomen. The egg case, an ootheca, of a German cockroach typically carries 30 to 40 eggs. The German cockroach will carry this egg case up to nearly the time when the eggs are ready to hatch, and once the new baby roaches hatch, they are initially bright, white nymphs.
In three to four months, those baby roaches will develop into fully grown adults. The lifespan of a cockroach is usually one year, and in any female roach’s lifetime, she can produce anywhere between 200 to 300 offspring or 6 generations a year. The number of eggs a single cockroach can produce will vary from species to species. Potentially, and with optimal conditions, one female German cockroach and her offspring could produce 300,000 roaches in a year. This means that if you are not careful, a relatively small roach infestation can quickly develop into a much larger problem that needs to be dealt with quickly.
From Very Few to Very Many…
Due to the relatively quick reproduction cycle, a few cockroaches can rapidly grow to an infestation. Certain habits can help prevent roaches from entering your home in the first place, such as keeping the outdoor area clean and disposing of garbage bags properly. If you see that roaches have already infiltrated your home, there are several ways of handling the outbreak. Bait strips are available to provide you with a means of extermination. You can use these products in common places roaches like to hide out, such as near appliances or cracks and crevices.
Cockroaches reproduce very quickly when they are living in an environment where they have access to food and water. A single eggcase can drastically worsen the situation, so do your best to curb the population before it gets out of control. Review your options to see which one is ideal for you.