How to Identify a Type Cockroach

There’s more than one type of cockroach!’ shrieked one of our Caloundra Pest Control customers after discovering that two different types of cockroaches were crawling through her kitchen. To make matters worse, Australia has over 500 native species of cockroaches. But don’t be too disturbed by this figure, as there are only 6 species that are the most common encountered household cockroaches in Australia. These cockroach species are commonly known as:

  •  German cockroach

  • American cockroach

  • Australian cockroach

  • Oriental cockroach

  • Smokybrown cockroach

  • Brownbanded cockroach

To help you to identify these pests, we have displayed them below in all their beauty… (or not).


Fun Facts Regarding Those Dirty Little Cockroaches:

  • A cockroach can live a month without food, but only a week without water.

  • A cockroach can live for a week without a head. It dies after a week due to lack of water.

  • Cockroaches are omnivores, so they can eat just about anything.

  • A cockroach can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes.

  • Cockroaches will even live in the walls of a clean dwelling, however they will maintain larger colonies in a less clean environment due to a bigger food supply available.

Cockroaches and Australia

Cockroaches are among the most common insects identified throughout many countries around the world. Certain species of cockroaches have co-inhabited with humans in many areas such as homes, ships, food production & storage facilities. Australia has over 400 native species of cockroaches, which are of no concern to the family home or business owner. The 6 species mentioned above originated from the tropical and subtropical areas of Africa. These pest species were introduced into Australia over the last 200 years and are the most commonly encountered household pests in Australia.

Preventing Cockroaches in Your Home

The most common and obvious solution to prevent cockroaches from invading your home is to have regular professional pest control services. However, we also have some wise tips to keep them at bay for longer. First, try to avoid dampness within your property by repairing leaks, leaky pipes, drainage and avoid ignoring spills. Next, attempt to maintain a clean and tidy internal & external environment around your home by ensuring to remove general clutter like boxes and newspapers. Finally, seal any cracks and crevices in walls and floors to eliminate potential cockroach hiding places.

Cockroaches Are One Tough Sucker

Although misleading (cockroaches don't suck), cockroaches are seriously honed for survival. Cockroaches can survive a nuclear explosion, and were one of the first life forms found after Heroshima. No pesticide can penetrate the egg sack, and one egg sack can contain up to 40 young. That is why the only way to successfully eradicate cockroaches from a home is regular pest treatments.

Eradicating Cockroaches in Your Home

If you have seen a cockroach in your home or place of work, odds are there are many more hiding out of site. For professional assistance, call Bundilla Pest Control.