‘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 400 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.
Certain species of cockroaches have co-inhabited with humans in many areas such as homes, ships, food production & storage facilities. These common household cockroaches were introduced into Australia over the last 200 years and are the most commonly encountered household pests in Australia.
6 Most Common Types Of Australian Cockroaches
- Australian cockroach
- Oriental cockroach
- German cockroach
- American cockroach
- Brown Banded cockroach
- Smoky Brown cockroach
To help you identify these different types of cockroaches in your home, we’ve displayed them below in all their beauty… (or not).
Australian Cockroach Identification Chart
How To Prevent 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:
- Avoid dampness within your property by repairing leaks, leaky pipes, drainage and quickly cleaning up spills.
- Maintain a clean and tidy internal & external environment around your home by clearing general clutter like boxes and newspapers.
- Seal any cracks and crevices in walls and floors to eliminate potential cockroach hiding places.
Fun Facts About 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 available food supply.
Why Are Cockroaches So Hard To Kill?
Cockroaches are hard to kill because they are seriously honed for survival! Cockroaches can survive a nuclear explosion, and were one of the first life forms found after Hiroshima. 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.
How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches
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 our team of pest control experts at Bundilla Pest Control to help you get rid of cockroaches!