Is this an Albino Roach?

Molted American Cockroach

Is this an albino roach?

 

No, this is not an albino roach. In fact there is no such thing as an albino roach.   This “white roach” is actually a newly molted Cockroach. When an insect molts it comes out white and stays white until the new exoskeleton has time to harden. For example, an American Cockroach commonly called a “Palmetto Bug,” goes through 10-13 molts in their two year lifespan. It takes just a few hours for the roach to turn brown and harden again.

 

 

Molted American Cockroach Molted albino roach and "Palmetto Bug"

About Kelley Duncan

Marketing Director of Palmetto Exterminators and Palmetto Mosquito Control since 2009. Tasks include editing the websites and social media sites as well as overseeing advertising campaigns, print material, sponsorships and events. A graduate of College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, I was a member of the Women's Golf Team and played professional golf for 3 years prior to working at Palmetto Exterminators.
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