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What is a White Cockroach?

April 05, 2024

By Rachel Maldonado

What is a White Cockroach?

As if regular cockroaches weren’t enough, here’s something to inspire new nightmares – white cockroaches. Like a ghostly apparition, white cockroaches stand out as a ghoulish apparition next to their darker brown to reddish counterparts.

The good news is that a white cockroach isn’t a mutant, nor is it a different species of cockroach.

So what is a white cockroach, and is it anything you need to worry about?

White cockroaches have a misleading name. They aren’t albino at all. These juvenile roaches have recently undergone a molting process, shedding their old skin to reveal a soft, pale, and more vulnerable exterior. 

Each molt brings them closer to adulthood, and the white stage is a sign of their growth within a particular species.

Spotting a white cockroach is a significant indicator that infestation is growing – and fast.

Molting – and What It Means for Homeowners

The molting process, occurring seven to eight times in a cockroach’s life, is a key part of their growth and lifecycle. 

Each time a roach molts, it casts off the old exoskeleton, revealing a white, soft body beneath, which gradually hardens over a few hours.

The significance of this for homeowners is both a bad sign – one of possibly increasing cockroach numbers – and an insight into the lifecycle stage of the infestation

Since seeing one white cockroach indicates there are more lurking nearby. It should stand as your sign to take action immediately.

Identifying White Cockroaches in your Home

Knowing how to spot a white cockroach is essential in identifying an infestation. These younger versions have distinct characteristics and behaviors that differ from their adult forms and other pests.

As far as behavior goes, white cockroaches are not fundamentally different from their adult counterparts in behavior – except in their increased vulnerability. Because they’re molting, they’re in a weaker state than fully sclerotized nymphs or adults and therefore may stay hidden during this period until their exoskeleton hardens.

They hide in the same dark, moist places and feast on similar food sources. The key to identifying them lies in recognizing these traits in combination with their white coloration and relatively smaller size and normally lack of fully developed wings. 

Differentiating White Cockroaches from Other Pests

Not every pale insect you spot is a white cockroach. 

Misidentification is common, especially when compared to other bugs that have undergone a molting process. In fact, cicadas, earwigs, or even weevil larvae can be confused for white cockroaches. 

However, each of these pests are attracted to different food sources and habitats and, therefore, need different solutions for pest control. This is why identification is important – you need to know exactly what kind of pest you’re dealing with to properly control them.

Dealing with White Cockroach Infestations

Whether it’s through DIY pest control or professional services, you’ll want to act quickly if you find any cockroach – including a white cockroach – in your home. 

For the brave homeowner looking to tackle the issue head-on, there are a few strategies that may help to keep the infestation in check. 

Eliminate Food Sources and Sealing Up Your Home

First and foremost is cleanliness and eliminating potential food sources that may attract cockroaches. 

Sealing entry points, like cracks and crevices, can prevent access and passage to hard-to-reach areas where pests may proliferate. 

Baits, Traps, and Professional Solutions

There are all kinds of over-the-counter baits and traps designed to target these specific pests, which can effectively reduce numbers if they’re properly deployed.

Just know that these “white” roaches, as the offspring of an established population, can be surprisingly resilient. Professional pest control experts have the tools and knowledge to identify the nature and scope of a problem and treat it effectively. 

Integrated pest management, something offered by Hawx Pest Control, combines chemical solutions with proactive measures to create a comprehensive plan tailored to the needs of each infested area.

The Long-Term Effects of Cockroaches

The presence of cockroaches in a home is more than just a nuisance. It can have long-term consequences for health and hygiene. 

Furthermore, large infestations can be indicative of underlying structural or environmental issues (such as moisture leaks, as an example). 

In any event, cockroaches should not be ignored – no matter what color they happen to be. They’re not merely resilient and unsightly – they can also spread diseases. For instance, allergens present in roach feces, saliva, and body parts can cause allergic reactions or aggravate asthma, especially in children.

Final Thoughts

If you happen to come upon a white cockroach in your home, don’t panic. Although these pests are by no means mutants – nor are they brand-new cockroach species you haven’t encountered before – they should still be dealt with in a swift, aggressive way.

Remember, if you see a white cockroach, it means you’ve found a cockroach who is molting. That means numbers are multiplying and you need to act fast.

The good news? You’re not alone in this battle. Hawx Pest Control is ready to guide you through the process of cockroach eradication. 

Join us today to become part of our family of satisfied customers – and we’ll make sure your home remains a place of peace and comfort. Not a place for the haunt of the dreaded white roach.




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