With their distinctive and vibrant appearance, Australian cockroaches are easily recognisable. Although they may resemble American cockroaches at first sight, they are bigger and typically prefer residing outside.
As Australian cockroaches tend to dwell outdoors, they may venture inside homes or buildings for food or shelter. To avoid their presence, it’s recommended to maintain your property and seal any possible entry points.
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Australian cockroaches are 250 to 330 mm long and are primarily brown. Although they can be mistaken for American cockroaches based on their colour, their yellow markings make them easier to identify. Both males and females have cerci appendages, but males also have tiny styli.
It takes approximately a year for the eggs of these cockroaches to mature into adults, but they typically only live for four to six months. Female cockroaches lay egg cases containing roughly 24 eggs, and they tend to choose damp wood or other moist and sheltered areas for egg-laying. Once the eggs are ready to hatch, the females conceal the egg cases in hard-to-reach spots.
The young cockroaches of this species undergo several moulting stages as they mature, shedding their skin multiple times before their wings develop. After this, it takes 6 to 12 months for them to become adults and start laying eggs.
Habitat and Diet of Australian Cockroaches
These cockroaches live in colonies outside and need warm temperatures to thrive. If the temperature drops too low, they relocate indoors. They tend to inhabit places with high humidity levels, such as tree barks and woodpiles. When they enter a house, they typically gather around areas with access to water and food, such as sinks, drains, and bathtubs.
Dangers to Humans
The Australian cockroach prefers to remain outdoors and has a diet that includes faeces, trash, and other unsanitary materials. As a result, they typically inhabit unclean environments and can carry bacteria on their feet. When they enter a household, they may contaminate kitchen counters, dishes, and exposed food with the bacteria they have.
Consuming contaminated food or cooking on unclean surfaces can spread diseases among you and your family due to these cockroaches. Furthermore, cockroaches produce allergens that can be hazardous to your health. Additionally, their droppings and exoskeletons have the potential to cause skin irritation, sneezing, and respiratory problems.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Australian cockroaches have a similar appearance to American roaches in size and shape. Both species have wings and are typically brown or reddish-brown. Nevertheless, one distinctive feature that sets them apart is the presence of vivid yellow stripes along the wings of Australian cockroaches.
Nymphs of the Australian cockroach, which are the young ones, are smaller than the adults and lack wings. Instead, they have visible yellow markings on their backs, which become more prominent as they mature.
These cockroaches possess fully matured wings that enable them to fly rapidly. Although they are not attracted to the light, like some other cockroach species, they utilise their wings to fly short distances to locate food or flee from any perceived threat.