What is an Albino Roach?

The picture you see is not that of a white roach, rather it is a cockroach that has recently molted, the shedding of its exoskeleton, which makes the albino roach. Cockroaches undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, and therefore need to shed their protective exoskeletons in order to grow and mature.  Each time this exoskeleton is shed, the cockroach has a new, white, exoskeleton that will in time become the brown hue that is most recognized in nature. This is the albino cockroach.

Molted albino roach and "Palmetto Bug"Molted White Albino Cockroach

The narrator in the video below describes, in depth, the metamorphosis process that takes place during the roaches life cycle. Listen as the narrator informs you that the life cycle and life span of the cockroach can vary depending upon the surrounding climate. Due to the temperate climate in which the Southeastern United States is located, cockroaches can mature and multiply at a faster rate.

All though the climate does lend to more roach settings and production, there are some common tasks that every homeowner can perform to help control these pests.

-Do not pile wood against the structure of the home.  Keep all piles of wood at a minimum of 10-15 feet or more away from the home.  Stack wood provides good insulation and shelter for cockroaches to live and breed.

-Leaves.  Make sure all leaves are raked and disposed of properly.  Leaf piles near a home can also become home and protection to cockroaches.  Also make sure you gutters are clean.  Leaves trapped in gutters easily turn into soil and will attract cockroaches to take up residence in and around your business space.

-Pest Control.  Maintain a regular quarterly pest control service to keep any pest away from the home.

Palmetto Exterminators’ quarterly service is a guaranteed service that includes all roaches.  Give your local branch a call to find out how Palmetto Exterminators can protect your health and property.

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