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Size Matters: Why Are Small Roaches a Big Problem?

Have you ever spotted a mini-sized roach in the corner of a room and said to yourself that the little guy is no big deal and too small to be considered a major cockroach problem? Think again. Small cockroaches can mean big trouble in your home, for a number of reasons. Here are a few.

Why Does Size Matter?

Although smaller cockroaches might not seem so threatening as the large variety, there are several things you should know about them that might change your mind.

  • Small cockroaches mature and reproduce very quickly, which means that you have a huge infestation on your hands.
  • Just because a cockroach is small doesn’t mean it won’t be just as much of a nuisance and a pest as a larger roach.
  • Infestations of any size cockroach can lead to more cockroaches being attracted to the area.
  • Pint-sized cockroaches can hide in small spaces more easily than larger ones, which means that the spaces in between your walls and behind your appliances may be infested.

As you can see, a small-cockroach infestation is no small matter. It can have just as devastating consequences for a home or apartment as a population of larger cockroaches can. Because small cockroaches live solely indoors with humans and reproduce quickly, they pose even more of a problem to those who are trying to get rid of them altogether.

What Are Some Common Types of Small Cockroaches?

Here are some commonly found species of cockroaches that are considered smaller than the standard roach.

  • German cockroaches, which range in size from ½ to 5/8 inches in length, are frequently found living in houses, apartments, hotels and restaurants and love to hide in small cracks and crevices.
  • Brown-banded cockroaches, are ½ inch long, thrive in warm, dry environments, are quite active, and when disturbed adult males may fly.

Both of these types of roaches are relatively innocent looking but can cause a lot of trouble.

What Can I Do?

Luckily, large infestations of small cockroaches can be taken care of just as effectively as normal-sized cockroach populations. With the help of a slow-kill bait or gel product from Combat, you can discreetly and thoroughly eliminate your cockroach problem in no time.

In the case of small roaches, it is even more important to check for insects with a flashlight in small spaces and hidden corners where they might be hiding. Cockroaches of any size will be attracted to our specially designed Combat bait stations and strips, which kill at the source.