Cockroaches

There only 6 families of cockroaches found worldwide, consisting of 4000 species. Australia has representatives of 5 of these families but with only 428 species present. Half of a the cockroaches in Australia can be found in the Blattidae family which includes both the native and introduced species

Cockroaches are well known for spreading disease and are associated with various other health risks. Exposure tocockroaches could put you at risk of Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastro-enteritis. Increases in eczema and childhood asthma have even been linked to cockroach droppings.

What are the signs of a cockroach problem?

Cockroach droppings
Cockroaches leave a dust of black droppings less than 1mm wide and of varying lengths.
Smear marks.
Check for marks on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches are active. If water is abundant cockroaches will produce brown and irregular shaped smear marks.
Shed skin
Look for this evidence in locations you suspect they are sheltering. Cockroaches shed ‘cast nymphal‘ skins 5-8 times as they mature to adults.
Damage
Look for unusual signs of damage, not just on food packaging. Cockroaches will attack organic goods including leather and books.
Unusual odour
An established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant musty smell that taints items they contact

Do I need professional cockroach pest control assistance?

While a wide range of do it yourself products are available for cockroaches, many times effective control requires a professional pest control service to gain control and prevent recurrence. A quick response at the very first signs of an infestation is often essential to control cockroaches in your home and to prevent the spread of this pest to your neighbours.

Why call in a professional for your cockroach problem?

The ability of cockroaches to breed rapidly and their resilience means that a professional service is usually the most reliable form of control. Only expert products and solutions are powerful enough to eliminate all stages of their lifecycle. Correct identification of the cockroach species is vital to implement the correct control program. Aerobeam Professional Pest Management licensed technicians have the necessary knowledge and experience to recommend and implement an effective cockroach control program.

American Cockroach

Cockroach identification

The American cockroach is one of the largest pest cockroaches to invade homes and commercial properties.

The American cockroach is s shiny red-brown colour and 35 - 40mm long. The wings are longer than the body in male; only just overlap abdomen in the female. They usually run (may fly at very high temperatures).

Description

Also known as the ‘Palmetto bug’ because they live on trees, the American cockroach prefers dark, humid and undisturbed areas and can be found in sub-floors, basements, kitchens, roof voids and bathrooms of homes.

The egg case contains up to 16 eggs and is carried by the female for several days before being deposited. Sometimes cemented down and they tend to be grouped. The eggs hatch in 1 – 2 months. Nymphs usually develop in 6 -12 months, but it can take up to 15 months.

Distribution
Australia-wide.
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Australian Cockroach

Cockroach identification
Thee Australian cockroach is a common species of tropical cockroach, with a length of 23–35 mm. It is brown overall, with the tegmina having a conspicuous lateral pale stripe or margin, and the pronotum with a sharply contrasting pale or yellow margin. It is very similar in appearance to the American cockroach and may be easily mistaken for it. It is, however, slightly smaller than the American cockroach, and has a yellow margin on the thorax and yellow streaks at its sides near the wing base..
Description

The Australian cockroach enter buildings at night from gardens/debris. It is generally prevalent in areas where winters are relatively mild. Despite its name, it isn’t a native species.

Females deposit the ootheca (egg case) containing 24 eggs a day after production. After hatching nymphs take 6-12 months to develop into adults.

Distribution
Australia-wide.
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Brown Banded Cockroach

Cockroach identification
One of the smallest pest cockroaches, brown banded adult cockroaches are approximately 10 – 15mm in length and characterised by yellow-brown stripes across their abdomen.
Description
Brown banded cockroaches mostly stay on ground, but may fly in very warm climates. Their preference for warm, humid environments leads them to harbourages within heated buildings - ceilings, attics, inside and around appliance motors. Primarily active at night, these opportunistic feeders particularly enjoy materials with high starch contents.
Distribution
Australia-wide.
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German Cockroach

Cockroach identification
Notorious for their world-wide distribution, German cockroaches are easily identifiable by 2 dark longitudinal stripes on their pronotum. Adults grow to approximately 12 – 15mm in length.
Description
The female cockroaches carry 35 – 40 eggs in an ootheca (egg case) until they are ready to hatch in one month. Nymphs take between 6 weeks to 6 months to develop into adults. The German cockroach produces 3-4 generations per year.
Distribution
Australia-wide.
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Oriental Cockroach

Cockroach identification
Oriental cockroaches are dark brown or black in colour and 20 -25mm long. The wings undeveloped in female and cover ¾ length of the abdomen in the male.
Description

Oriental cockroaches are adapted for surviving in the natural environment, Oriental cockroaches thrive in cool, damp areas such as basements, drains and openings beneath porches. They are known for their preference for feeding on garbage and decay, these insects can most commonly be found in rubbish tips and leaf litters. Oriental cockroaches run rather than fly.

Females deposit 16 eggs in an ootheca (egg case) which hatch in 2 months. The nymphs take 6-18 months to develop into adults.

Distribution
Australia-wide.
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Smoky Brown Cockroach

Cockroach identification
The Smoky Brown cockroach is 3-35 mm mm long and a shining dark brown in colour. .The wings are longer than the body in male; only just overlap abdomen in the female. The Smoky Brown cockroach runs (may fly at very high temperatures).
Description

Lives in tree hollows, under bark, under floors, and enters buildings at night. Nocturnal (hides during the day in cracks and crevices or any other dark warm places). Has a habit of entering houses and contaminating food with excrement, regurgitated salivary fluid and potentially harmful bacteria.

Females deposit the ootheca (egg case) containing 22-26 eggs a day after production. Nymphs take between 6-12 months to develop into adults. The noticeable difference between nymphs and adults, apart from size, is the lack of wings in the young.

Distribution
Australia-wide.
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Having trouble with cockroaches?

Depending on the species of cockroach, our licensed technicians can assist you with a flexible, tailored pest control solution to meet your needs in your home or workplace.

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