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Oothecae: Cockroach Egg Cases

the-cockroaches-834021_1920Cockroaches are, without a doubt, one of the biggest pest concerns for any Central Florida resident. Tough, resilient, and very well-adapted to our local climate, they can be a difficult foe to extricate from your business or home. Making certain you are cockroach free is important; for businesses there can be a direct economic effect to being a locally-known roach hut, and for homeowners, this common pest can bring disease and a general lack of well-being. The presence of cockroaches may also indicate a larger pest management issue lurking under the surface. To properly vet your properties for roach infestations, contacting Orlando pest control experts, such as those at Apex, can be your best bet. With experience, they can spot one of the least talked about signals of roaches: oothecae.

Although professionals can be vital when it comes to oothecae, you can become more informed and better prepared. In short, an ootheca is the egg casing that roaches spread around, and they can hatch new pests by the hundreds. Spotting many of these cylinders in the same place often indicates a big problem with roaches. Keep in mind that the eggs are carried in a variety of ways; some species drop unhatched eggs while others continue carrying them until their brood is free to roam. The finding of an ootheca in your home is not an exact count of the roach problem you may have; it’s likely many more are hidden (or still being carried).

Here are some common ootheca identification tips based on species:

  • American Cockroach: Dark brown in color and approximately eight millimeters in length, these pods will contain on average 15 embryonic roaches.
  • Brown-Banded Cockroach: A common type of Florida roach, the brown-banded  carries very small oothecae (about five millimeters in length) that have a reddish-brown tint.
  • Oriental Cockroach: Rarer to the area, and unable to fly, this roach species can produce up to eight oothecae cases in just a half year. Each of these cases will hold up to 16 embryos.
  • German Cockroach: One of our most common types of roaches, the ootheca of the German cockroach is brown and can hold an astonishing 50 embryos per egg casing.

There’s no need to be more involved with the details of cockroaches and the ootheca they carry than you need to be. Adding to the intricacies of roach management, common techniques for dealing with adult roaches will have little impact on oothecae. So, instead of frustration, contact the experts in roach management and Orlando pest control at Apex any time. We offer a free inspection and quote with absolutely no obligations and will always get back to you within 24 hours. Feel secure and remain roach free with Apex.

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