Cockroaches like any other bug, can cause extensive damage to your home or workplace, and can go undetected for years without you spotting them.
They are relatively easy to detect as they have flat oval-shaped bodies, and are roughly 2inches long. Cockroaches have six legs, two distinct antennae, and some even have wings (yes in Australia some of them fly!). A cockroach may vary in size, but they are relatively easy to recognize.
Australian cockroaches are similar to American cockroaches, but they have a distinctive tan ring-like pattern on its back, just below its head.
They can lay up to 24 eggs a day.
They are most likely to be found in your kitchen, bathroom, or any place where food is stored or prepared, and are especially fond of humid areas with temperatures between 20 and 25oC.
The German cockroaches are one of the most common cockroaches that Sydney residents find in their homes and workplaces because they breed quickly, laying up to 100,000 eggs in a single year.
It’s easy to tell the difference between adults and nymphs because the adults are larger and have wings, while nymphs don’t have wings.
These cockroaches live in sewers, storm drains, steam tunnels, water meter boxes, gardens, and rubbish bins. They like warmth and humidity, mostly temperatures above 28 C.
They are more likely to infiltrate shops and restaurants than homes.
Oriental cockroaches are a dangerous pest that mostly live outdoors and are also common in homes with a lot of vegetation around them.
The good news is they don’t move fast and don’t fly. As they are unable to climb smooth vertical surfaces, they often become trapped in sinks and bathtubs.
Smokey Brown Cockroach
The Smokey Brown Cockroach are very sensitive to dehydration and must live near a reliable source of water. It’s a nocturnal creature and flies away if disturbed.
Brown Banded Cockroach
The females can’t fly, but the males sometimes fly or jump away from disturbances. They love rubbish as well as human food and can contaminate your home by spreading germs, and they also leave behind old skin and eggs, which can trigger allergies.
The good news is they often leave behind signs of their presence, which makes it easy for you to tell they are there even if you can’t see them.
Droppings, smear marks, egg capsules, skin, damage, and smells are all indications that your property may have become invaded by these pests.
The most common places you’ll find evidence of a cockroach infestation is in your kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, basements, drains, and garden.
If you have spotted any of these cockroach infestation signs, you should immediately contact the professionals to rid you of this serious problem immediately before it gets worse.
You need to deny them access to ensure they stay out of your home or business property. If you follow specific simple measures, you can prevent a cockroach infestation: