There are only a few species of cockroaches found in Australia. With over 3,000 species worldwide, here are some of the species we need to be concerned about…
As a small species of cockroach, the German cockroach is only 1.3 – 1.6cm long. Tan to light brown in colour, it has two dark parallel streaks running from the head to the base of the wings. Despite the fact that it has wings, this cockroach is unable to maintain flight. Being able to produce 20,000 offspring within twelve months, it is not surprising that the German cockroach is the most common and prominent household cockroach in the world.
With a length of 2.5 – 4cm, the American Cockroach is a large, winged species that is very common in tropical climates. As the largest species of the common cockroach, they are able to travel quickly and have the ability to fly. Despite its fairly large size, they are able to fit into small cracks and under doors and can often be seen to be fleeing to these places when someone enters a room.
As a large, winged species of cockroach, the Australian cockroach can grow to a length of 3 -3.5cm and is brown in colour. As its physical appearance is so similar to the American Cockroach, this species can be mistaken very easily, however it is slightly smaller, has a yellow margin on the thorax, and yellow streaks at its sides near the wing base.
The Australian Cockroach prefers warmer climates although has often been known to survive in cooler, indoor areas. Although it may often come indoors to look for food and even to live, the Australian Cockroach prefers the outdoors and particularly the perimeter of buildings.
Measuring about 10 – 14mm long, the Brown-Banded Cockroach is a smaller species of cockroach that is tan to light brown in colour. With a quite noticeable pair of light-coloured, sometimes broken or irregular bands across its wings and abdomen, the Brown-Banded Cockroach doesn’t need as much moisture and thus, can be found in broader distribution throughout the home. As they avoid light, they can most commonly be found during the night.
The Smokybrown Cockroach is a large, winged species that measures between 3.1 – 3.5cm in length and is a dark brown mahogany colour. Although easily distinguished from it, it is closely related to the American Cockroach. Although it is able to survive indoors, the Smokybrown cockroach prefers warmer climates and is not cold tolerant. It survives most comfortably in moist, concealed areas.
The team at Advanced Pest Management are able to control cockroach infestations in both residential and commercial environments. We only use approved preparations that are not only safe to humans but your beloved pets as well.