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The American baby cockroach are gray-brown in color and gradually redden on successive molt.

The word “cockroach” comes from the Spanish word “cucaracha” is a type of insect with body size ranges from o.6 centimeters to 7.62 centimeters.

The cockroaches are black or brown color animals but also red, bright yellow, and green colored cockroaches also seen in tropical regions.

The cockroaches are nocturnal omnivores insects that lives in humid, dark, and damp places throughout the world.

Baby cockroach

They have long antenna, flat extension of the upper body wall, and legs.

The adults form of cockroach, (scientific name of cockroach is Periplaneta americana) are about 34-53 mm long two wings often extend beyond the tip of the abdomen in males.

Usually, male cockroachs have wings, but females don’t. However, the wings of cockroachs are vestigial, undeveloped, and small often don’t allow them to fly.

The body of the cockroach is segmented and divided into three different parts – head, thorax, and abdomen.

The triangular shape of head lies anteriorly at right angles to the longitudinal body axis and the abdomen in both males and females consists of 10 segments.

What are Baby Cockroach?

Like many other insects, life of cockroaches starts with the egg. Within three to seven days after mating, American cockroach females produce egg cases known as oothecae.

Under optimal temperatures and humidity, immature cockroaches, also known as baby cockroach or nymphs, emerge within 24 to 38 days after the fertilization.

Due to combined pressure of the hatchlings, the cockroach eggs hatch and give rise immature form of cockroach which is popularly known as baby cockroach or nymph.

Life Cycle of Cockroach - Baby Cockroach

1) Egg

2) Baby Cockroach or Nymph

3) Baby Cockroach or Nymph

4) Adult Cockroach or Nymph

Under optimal temperatures and humidity, immature cockroaches, also known as baby cockroach or nymphs, emerge within 24 to 38 days after the fertilization.

Initially, soon the after the hatch the baby cockroach are bright white in color, very soft, fragile.

However, air intake has great influence on size as well as color of baby cockroach, for example, the white color turns into dark and outer covering harden within few hours.

Recent research suggests that availability within first 12 hours of molting greatly affects the growth and size.

They undergo a series of molts and with each progressive molt their color changes from grayish brown in color to dark brown or depending on the species.

The development of nymph to adult ranges in length from months to over a year.

American Baby Cockroach

The American baby cockroach are gray-brown in color and gradually redden on successive molt.

However, Like other cockroach species, German cockroach nymph also change their color and turn into dark color with one light patch located on the back.

This patch becomes more pronounced through the second and third molting stages.

German baby cockroach, after the hatch their size not more than 3 millimeters long.

How to Identify Baby Cockroaches?

Many species of cockroaches are wild and there is no confirmation of any known economic importance from scientific researchers.

A few species thrive in and around human habitat such as narrow cracks, crevices, behind refrigerators, in dark and humid cabinets, under the sinks, and in dark drawers.

They are pests because they spoil food and contaminate it with their smelly excreta.

They can transmit a variety of bacterial diseases by contaminating food material.

Identification of baby cockroach of common species will help to prevent serious infestations.

American Baby Cockroaches

About one-quarter of an inch in length, the American cockroach nymphs change color as they grow over time.

They progressively shed their exoskeletons in a process called as molting.

The American baby cockroache start their life after the hatch with black-brown color and turn into reddish-brown color of adults.

German Baby Cockroaches

German cockroach nymphs are around one-eighth of an inch long with dark brown, almost black, in color after the hatch.

They develop black lines behind their heads and change to the pale brown or tan color of adults during molting.

Brown-banded Nymph Cockroaches

Brown-banded nymph cockroach are small and one-eighth of an inch in length.

They evolved into brown color with two wide, light-brown colored bands behind their heads as in progressive molting process.

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