Cockroach infestations aren’t common, but the worst thing about them is the baby roaches. They are just as dangerous as their adult counterparts, but with extra agility.
Moreover, they even shed their skins plenty of times before reaching maturity, increasing the chances of spreading dangerous allergies from viruses and bacteria they carry.
Getting rid of baby cockroaches is not a simple task, but also not an impossible one.
In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know so that you can rid of baby roaches in your house before they grow and spread the infestation more.
What do Baby Cockroaches Look Like?
Baby cockroaches do not look much different from the adult ones, just small in size. After getting out of the egg sac, they have a whitish colour. Once they grow, their skin darkens and turns deep brown. Another important thing to notice is that little roaches do not have wings and while growing, they shed their skin many times before reaching full maturity.
Why do you see Baby Roaches in Bathroom?
Roaches prefer a damp environment where food is easily available. Therefore, for them, the bathroom is one of the best places to hangout. They have plenty of water available there and they can also access the drains to travel through other drainage holes scavenging food.
Another reason why baby roaches are frequently found in bathrooms is that there exists plenty of bathroom insects there on which they can feed on. These insects are a good source of food for them, making bathrooms a perfect hideout for them. Considering all this, it is very common to find a cockroach in the bathroom often.
Why do you see Baby Roaches in Kitchen?
Baby roaches need constant food and water supply to grow and kitchens are one of the best sources for them. They crawl all over the kitchen sink, floor, utensils, slabs, and whatever they could find on and spread the chance of viral and bacterial infections.
Kitchens offer roaches a warm and humid area with plenty of access to food and moisture. Hence, kitchens are one of the best places for a cockroach infestation to thrive. Hence, finding baby roaches in the kitchen is very common.
How to Get Rid of Baby Roaches
Now that you know how dangerous these little roaches can be, your priority should be to get rid of them immediately. There are plenty of ways through which you can eliminate the cockroaches in the house. You can use a commercial exterminator, try a homemade one with essential oils, and also get help from a professional roach extermination agency.
However, if you do not follow a clean and hygienic lifestyle, it won’t be long before the roaches infest your house again. Therefore, you must follow some basic lifestyle guidelines to get rid of both, adult and baby roaches, once and for all.
Cleaning Your House
If your house is swarming with small roaches, then your house must have already been hit by a bad infestation. One of the main reasons for a roach infestation to thrive in houses is the dirt and poor maintenance. Dirty and unhygienic houses are the fast targets for roaches and so, if you never want to see roaches in your house again, then cleaning is important.
Clean your house properly once at least every week where you get the corners, cobwebs, waste food, etc. Make sure that the drains are clean and there is no organic waste in the kitchen sink. It is recommended to use essential oils, especially the mint oil, which is known to strongly repel roaches.
Seal-up Holes and Cracks
Little cockroaches are not only creepy fast, but are also expert in disappearing quickly. They can do so thanks to the holes and cracks on the walls, cabinets, and furniture. Their tiny size and fast legs help them escape quickly, making it harder to kill.
Moreover, these holes and cracks are the reason why roaches can enter the house easily. If these areas not treated, then it will increase the chance of roaches infesting the house again.
Therefore, while exterminating roaches, it is important that you cut-off all their escape routes. Hence, it is recommended that you properly seal any holes and cracks found on the walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, or anywhere in the house. Once the escape routes are cut, they will have no place to run, making it easier to kill baby roaches.
Dirty dishes and excess moisture attract roaches fast. Just like humans, even bugs need constant water to survive and so roaches thrive where there is more moisture. Sometimes, pipe leaks and plumbing issues in the house can lead to a lot of stagnant water, attracting roaches and other bugs along.
Therefore, to keep roaches away from the house, it is recommended that you make sure that there is no source of excess moisture in your house. Common places in the house with excess moisture, where you can usually find roaches, are bathrooms and kitchen. Make sure that the floor is dry in these areas and that the sink is clean.
Clear Food Remains and Debris
Not cleaning the organic food waste and debris that falls on the floors is a major attraction for baby roaches. Fallen food under the table, sofa, or bed, should be cleaned immediately without any trace.
Apart from this, make sure that the garbage bin and the area around it are also cleaned regularly. Garbage bins are the favourite areas for cockroaches and so it is highly recommended to clean the bin and the surroundings regularly.
Another great attraction for small to big roaches is the unclean kitchen sink. The dirty dishes and the moisture make an excellent environment for roaches to hang around. If you want to get rid of a cockroach infestation, then you will need to keep your sinks and kitchen area clean.
Natural Cockroach Predators
Just like every organism in this world, even cockroaches have natural predators and are a part of the active food chain for many organisms. For instance, amphibians like toads and frogs, and small mammals like mice and shrews, are all-natural enemies of cockroaches and are known for actively hunting and feeding on them.
Apart from these, there are plenty of other organisms like beetles, spiders, lizards and other insects and arachnids that are also fond eaters of roaches. A few parasitic wasps also target roaches by laying their eggs inside cockroach egg cases, ultimately preventing the baby roaches to hatch and killing the infestation growth.
There may be plenty of natural enemies that kill and feed on cockroaches, but inside houses, these little creepers hardly fall prey to any organism. That’s because apart from food and water, houses also provide a safe environment for them to grow. However, after they die, their body feeds a lot of other tiny organisms present in the house.
Cockroach Gel Baits
Gel baits are basically like food traps. There are plenty of cockroach gel baits available in the market for cockroaches with a variety of insecticide formulations that are meant to control these dark crawling pests. Gel baits work on a simple principle of enticing the roaches and making them eat the bait so that they also ingest the insecticide within leaving them dead.
However, gel baits are not always effective. They dry over time and require constant reapplication of fresh bait. Moreover, if used too often, roaches start avoiding these traps or become immune to its effects. Also, these gel baits are dangerous for kids and animals when ingested. Hence, it is extremely important to be cautious where it is to be placed.
How to use Gel Baits
Using gel baits is very simple, yet you have to be very cautious about where to place them. Putting them somewhere where roaches have no interest is just wasting the ammo. Follow the steps given below for best results on your gel baits.
- The first step is to test whether your gel baits are effective against roaches or not
- Place a small portion of gel bait near the most recent place of roach appearance
- If it works, then plant the gel baits in small amounts all over the house where you think an infestation may exist
- Cover sinkholes, kitchen area, around the garbage bin, holes and crevices in the wall, and bathrooms
- A huge disadvantage of gel baits is that it dries quickly and becomes ineffective after a while, so keep replacing the plants with the fresh ones on regular basis
- Be extremely cautious and make sure that the gel bait plants are not within the reach of children or pets
Another way to eliminate cockroaches is by trapping them and then disposing of. There are plenty of innovative ways in which you can trap small and big roaches. Many are readily available in the market, while some you can easily make on your own.
Given below are some of the best and simplest roach traps that you can use at home to eliminate roaches on your own.
How to Use Cockroach Traps
Trap 1: Trapping Roaches using Duct Tapes
- You will need duct tape and a food bait like a piece of fruit or vegetable, make sure that it has a strong smell, onion and fresh banana peel are common choices
- Make sure that the tape is fresh and strongly sticky, you can also use anything else that has strong adhesive abilities
- The goal here is to trap the roaches in the adhesive tape by stopping its movements
- Place the tape upside down with the bait at the centre at an area where you find cockroaches in the house frequently
- Keep the lights off and wait for them to get stuck
- Once they fall for the trap, kill them or dispose of them somewhere far away from your house
Trap 2: Catching Roaches in a Jar
- This trap too is very similar to the duct tape trap, instead of a tape, here we use a jar to catch roaches
- You will need a jar, some bait, cooking oil, and something sticky or slimy
- Apply the sticky-slimy solution on the inside walls of the jar
- Apply some cooking oil on the mouth of the jar
- Place the bait inside the jar
- Make way for roaches to enter the jar, such as a small elevated bridge leading to the entrance
- Place the jar where you find cockroaches frequently
- Wait for them to fall for the trap and then dispose of them in any manner you see fit
Apart from the traps and gel baits, cockroach sprays are also an excellent weapon of choice in the battle of eliminating cockroaches in the bathroom, kitchen, and anywhere around the house. Sprays are extremely handy and can be used as immediately as possible. These sprays contain a neurotoxic substance that messes with their nervous system and kills them.
You can also make your cockroach repellent spray using essential mint oil, water, and vinegar mixed in a spray bottle. Cockroaches hate the smell of mint oil and hence it is an excellent home remedy for repelling cockroaches in the kitchen and bathroom.
Some of the best cockroach sprays available in the market are Raid Ant and Roach Killer Spray, Invict Gold Cockroach German Roach Control, Baygon Cockroach Killer, and Hit Spray Crawling Insect Killer.
How to Use Cockroach Spray
- Using roach spray is very easy
- All you have to do is spray the solution directly over the roach as soon as you see it
- You can also locate the infestation and spray directly on it to kill any eggs
- Make sure to keep it out of reach for children and pets
Natural Cockroach Repellents
There are plenty of natural substances that strongly repel cockroaches. These natural repellents, if used well, can be a great way to eliminate roaches from the house. Not only these natural repellents have a fresh and sweet odour but are also chemical-free and mostly safe for use around children and pets.
How to use Cockroach Repellents
Given below are some of the best natural cockroach repellents and how to use them.
Cockroaches hate the smell of garlic. Simply sprinkle some garlic powder in and around the infested area. Replace the power every few weeks.
Neem is another strong natural roach repellent. According to research, it has been proved that bait prepared using the neem seed extract not only killed small cockroaches but also disable reproduction in the adult ones. To use, simply prepare neem baits and place it around the infested area.
Essential oils are known to be one of the strongest natural roach repellents and even among them, peppermint oil takes the top spot. To use against roaches, you can mix it with water, vinegar, or with other essential oil. For best effect, mix 8 drops of cypress essential oil with 10 drops of peppermint oil in half cup salt water and put it in the spray bottle.
Spray it in and around the infected area, and directly on the roaches when you find them crawling anywhere in your house.
Tea Tree Oil
Along with peppermint oil, tea tree oil is also a widely used substance to repel cockroaches. To use, simply mix a quarter cup of tea tree oil with a quarter cup of vinegar in two cups of water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it around the house wherever the infestation has occurred.
Lemon is another thing that cockroaches dearly hate. They cannot stand the smell of lemon and are strongly pushed away by it. To use, cut a lemon into thin wedges and place them around the infested areas in a container.
Soap and Water
The combination of soap and water is an excellent way to kill roaches by suffocating them. It’s possible because roaches like other insects breathe through microtubes present on their body. Attacking them with soap water creates a thin film on these microtubes cutting the air supply. This causes suffocation and death.
Now, remember, that using soap water can kill roaches on spot, but it won’t do anything to the infestation that has occurred. If you intend to eliminate the entire infestation, then using some other hard-core method is recommended.
How to use Soap and Water
- Simply add some dish soap into some water and pour the mixture in a spray bottle
- Shake the bottle well before using
- Spray the solution directly on the roaches to kill them immediately
Borax is supposedly considered as one of the best insect and roach killer among all. When cockroaches ingest Borax, it acts as a stomach poison and destroys their digestive system. Moreover, its abrasive nature also destroys the exoskeleton of the roach, making it a strong and potent roach killer.
It is deadly and hence it is extremely important to be cautious yourself and keep the substance away from children and pets.
How to use Borax Baits
- You can use borax directly as a powder and apply it around the infected areas using a bulb brush
- When roaches pass through this area, this powder sticks to their feet and body
- Roaches may be filthy pests, but they do clean themselves, and when they do, they ingest this borax powder
- Once ingested, borax does its work and kills the roach
- Another way to use borax bait is by mixing equal parts of borax and sugar with a little water to form a paste
- Place this paste around the infested areas and wait for the roaches to eat it
- Again, once ingested, borax will kill the roaches
Boric Acid and Water
Many people think that boric acid and borax are the same substances, which is not true. However, the correct fact is that they both work in the same way. Among both of these, boric acid might be a more popular option, but the use and effect against roaches are the same.
The most common way of using boric acid is with water. Just like the borax, mix equal part of boric acid and sugar with a little water to form a paste. You can use boric acid simply as a powder and apply it around the roach-infested areas. When roaches ingest it, they die due to stomach poisoning and dehydration.
How to use Boric Acid and Water
- Mix equal parts of boric acid and sugar with little water to form a paste
- Place the bait around the infested areas of the house
- When ingested, adult and small roaches die with stomach poisoning and dehydration
- Make sure to keep the substance away from children and pets as it is extremely harmful
Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs)
Insect Growth Regulators or simply IGRs are like roach birth controls. Just like every other organism, roaches start reproducing when they reach a level of maturity. They do so by going through several phases of moulting. The insect growth regulators stop these roaches from ever reaching their sexual maturity, preventing them from ever-multiplying.
Apart from this, IGRs also work against roach eggs and make them go sterile. However, it is important to remember that IGRs are not meant to be used alone, but mixed with some other substance that can eventually kill the living population of roaches. IGRs are meant to be used as a speed-up process for roach extermination.
How to use Insect Growth Regulators
- Mix one ounce of IGR into one gallon of water added to a spray bottle
- Spray in and around the infested areas of the house
- Spray on immediately when you see cockroaches in the kitchen, bathroom, under sinkholes, cabinets, etc.
With Baking Powder
- Mix the IGR with baking soda and with little water to form a paste
- Place the bait in and around the infested areas of the house
- Baking soda is an excellent roach killer and acts to kill roaches, while the IGR sterilizes eggs and roaches
- Make sure to keep away from children and pets
Known as 100% natural insect exterminator, Diatomaceous earth is a widely used option for killing cockroaches. In appearance, it is a rock salt with strong abrasive and absorbent properties. These properties are the main reason why diatomaceous earth is such a strong insect, bugs, and roach killer.
When a roach comes in contact with it, the substance cuts through the exoskeleton and absorbs all the water, eventually killing it of dehydration. It is very simple to use, but caution is recommended. Also, make sure that it is safely out of reach for children and pets.
How to use Diatomaceous Earth
- Using it is very simple, just apply the substance powder around the infested areas and over the path where roaches travel frequently
- Once they walk over it, the powder sticks to their body and gets deep into their skeleton
- The powder does its job and eventually, the roaches die of dehydration
- Make sure to clean the debris once the job is done
Baking Soda and Sugar
Baking Soda mixed with sugar is an excellent alternative to the likes of Borax and Boric Acid. It is easily available anywhere, not as dangerous and toxic as them, and works wonderfully against little cockroaches. Moreover, the added benefit is that baking soda does not pose any risk for children.
Once ingested by roaches, baking soda reacts with the acids present in their body and expands by forming bubbles. It is not so strong that it can blow up roaches, but it can kill them from inside.
How to use Baking Soda and Sugar
- To use, mix equal parts of baking soda and sugar to form powdered bait, or add some water to make it into a paste
- In any case, place the bait around the infested areas and places where you can see roaches frequently, such as bathrooms, kitchen, sinkholes, etc.
- Roaches die if they ingest this mixture
Finding baby roaches in the bathrooms, kitchens, and around the dark corners of the house can be extremely creepy sometimes. If not eliminated, these little dirty crawling pests can cause great harm by spreading dangerous pathogen and bacteria, causing serious allergies and diseases.
Therefore, it is extremely important to eliminate baby roaches in any way possible. All the information and methods given in this article is genuine, authentic, and well researched. You can use any of the above methods to eliminate roaches and control the infestation from occurring again.