All you Need to Know About Cockroach Eggs and Cockroach Poops

Cockroaches are insects with few special adaptations and may be among the most primitive living insects.

They are characterized by a relatively small head and a broad but flattened body, and most species are reddish-brown or dark brown in color.

They have two large compound eyes, two ocelli, and long, flexible antennae with mouthparts on the underside of the head.

The body of a cockroach is divided into three segmented thoraces and a ten-segmented abdomen.

It has a tough exoskeleton on its external surface which contains calcium carbonate which protects the inner organs and provides attachment for the muscles.

This exoskeleton has been coated with wax to repel water. Its wings are attached to the second and third thoracic segments.

The first pair of wings, called the tegmina are tough and protective and lays as a shield on top of the wings used for flight known as the membranous hind wings.

These four wings are characterized by branching longitudinal veins, as well as multiple cross-veins.

Cockroaches breathe through small holes all over their body and can last up to a month without food, a cockroach doesn’t necessarily need its head to survive.

However, it can only go for one week without water.

Some species of cockroaches exhibit a phenomenon called Parthenogenesis, which is the process by which a female cockroach can reproduce without the help of a male cockroach.

Cockroach Eggs

The Female cockroaches carry their egg cases on the end of their abdomens and the German cockroach holds about 30 to 40 long, thin eggs n its egg case.

This case is called an ootheca. The female cockroach usually attaches the egg case to a substrate and carries it about until just before the eggs are hatched. The cockroach drops this egg capsule prior to hatching.

Although live births do occur in rare cases. The egg capsule may take up to five hours to be laid and has an initial color of bright white.

The combined pressure of the hatchlings’ gulping air helps the eggs get hatched. The nymphs hatched has a bright white color at the initial stage and continue inflating themselves with air to become harder and darker within about four hours.

There has been a claim of albino cockroaches due to their transient white stage while hatching and later while molting.

The development of cockroaches from eggs to adults stage takes three to four months and they live up to a year.

The female cockroaches may produce up to eight egg cases in a lifetime. When in a favorable condition, she can reproduce 300 to 400 offspring.

However, there are other species of cockroaches that can produce even more eggs. In some cases, a female needs to be fertilized once to be able to lay eggs for the rest of their life.

Cockroach Poop

Cockroach poop is very small; under 1 millimeter. Roach poop is uniform and also extremely regular, like a grain. It is often dark brown, seed-like, and resembles ground coffee or black pepper.

It may look like specks of dirt from a distance, or even like mouse poop. Smaller cockroaches leave behind the smaller poop and this may look like spilled ground coffee.

The digestive systems of cockroaches retain disease pathogens from whatever they consume and these microbes leave the body of the pest through the poop.

Cockroach poop constitutes certain proteins (called allergens) that can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma, in people, especially children.

Also if someone should by any chance ingest cockroach poop, it can result in severe symptoms like food poisoning.


Q: Where do cockroaches lay their eggs?

Since cockroaches eat almost anything, you could find an ootheca (cockroach eggs) anywhere. Including your kitchen cabinets, pantry, or bathroom sinks to pipes, woodpiles, or garbage.

Some species might even go as far as laying their eggs on furniture legs, baseboards, or even in your dresser drawers.

Q: What kills cockroaches and their eggs?

The best way to get rid of cockroaches and their eggs is the use of insecticides, sanitizing your home, eliminating hidden spots and stagnant water, storing food in airtight containers, and using glue strips, bait, boric acid, or liquid concentrates.

However, there is a homemade mixture of Baking soda and sugar which you might not know has a way of eliminating both cockroaches and their eggs.

You can use this method to eliminate the cockroaches producing the eggs.

  • To make this mixture, get a small container and add an equal amount of baking soda and sugar.
  • Sprinkle it at places where you’ve seen cockroaches.

This is one of the easiest ways to kill cockroaches.

Q: What do I do if I find roach poop?

To get rid of cockroach waste, vacuum up any loose droppings from the surface.

Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter may cut down on airborne contaminants.

Be sure that you dispose of the vacuum’s contents promptly, keeping sanitation in mind.

Next, use hot, soapy water to wipe down the surfaces.

That’s all you need to know about cockroach eggs and Poop

Egbujor Victor Chinedu
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