Cockroach—the name evokes disgust and shrill among most of us. These creatures that have had the longest survival history are an irritant that seems to follow human life and a tough customer to get rid of. The zoological name of this infamous pest is Periplaneta Americana, its name cockroach is derived from the Spanish word, cucaracha from the Latin “blatta” that means an insect that shines the light. These commonest pests are something that most people wish to avoid and they are difficult to control once they have set in. Complete eradication is possible by hiring Pest Control Mickleham service experts who use the scientific process and tactic for their removal.

Australian cockroaches are mostly outdoor loving and very colorful. If and when they gain entry into your households it is mainly for food. And they are quick to multiply and set a colony and often tough to remove, active in the night. So if you are residing in a house full of them calling in professional Pest Control Richmond be practical as DIY solutions fail in front of these insects.

Few Habits and Facts of the Australian Cockroach

Let us face it. We have to live with the presence of these brown creepy elements and knowing a few things about them would help in keeping them out of our spaces as much as possible. Australian cockroaches are brown colored with size between one to one and a half inches in length. They have prominent yellow accents (almost light yellow stripes) along front edges of wings.

The Australian cockroach Periplaneta australasiae is assumed to have its origins in African and was brought to this land aboard cargo ships. Now these are found in other countries especially United States where temperatures are warmer in many months of the year.

What they eat?

The Australian cockroach lives in colonies and prefers the exterior. The reason they move inside homes is when temperatures turn cold and they need warmth to survive and forage for food. They like moist, humid spaces like tree barks, leaves or wood piles. Once inside they prefer damp dark areas like bathtubs, drains, cabinets, water pipes, sinks, kitchen corners.  But since their main focus is food they crowd around in Kitchen or spaces close to food supply. They inhabit all residential, commercial buildings, units, cafes, malls and are a major concern. Many commercial spaces invest in expert Pest Control Mickleham services as part of their overall management systems since pest presence can degrade the image of a mall, café or office.


The journey for an Australian cockroach to full adulthood is about a year and the average life span of an adult is anything from four to six months. Females lay egg cases that might contain 24 eggs. These are usually done in hidden areas and damp areas like moist wood. These cases lie hidden. The infant cockroach (nymph) moult many times as they grow. They finally develop wings and in 6-12 months when they reach adulthood. If you spot any egg case, reach out to professional Pest Control Craigieburn service providers. They hunt down the eggs from all hidden places and use the right chemicals for total eradication.

Signs of cockroach presence

Droppings: These look like tiny pellets or pepper specks and a large amount implies a lot of cockroach infestation

Foul odour: Presence of cockroach in large numbers emits a foul smell

Shed skin: As they go through life cycle these insects shed skin

Smear mark: Common signifier of cockroach activity

Egg capsule: These are prominent and you might find them stuck on surfaces or cloths

Infestation in homes and threats they pose

The Australian cockroach stays outdoors, in gardens, trees or shrubs. They survive best in humid weather and often build a colony around the hot zones of your outdoor areas. They also thrive fairly well in leaky pipes. These cockroaches general eat anything from rotten food, garbage, faeces and other discarded materials. They pick up disease causing pathogens which they infect over surfaces once inside like counters, dirty cutlery, food leftovers. So humans get contaminated from contact with these and end up having symptoms like Salmonella. They also cause damage to indoor plants when they migrate to greenhouses in search of warmth in cold temperatures.

Their faeces and molten skins can give rise to allergies or asthma like symptoms. Sometimes they also cause skin irritation, sneezing or respiratory problems as well. Some cockroaches also eat through plastic wiring of household appliances and electrical gadgets making them destructive.

How to eliminate cockroach presence?

Cockroaches are difficult intruders as once they come in it is a task getting them off. For complete extermination calling in Pest Control Mickleham service experts is a practical solution. There is however certain practical steps that one can take to minimise their presence.

First and foremost is to seek out the hiding places of these menacing pests. They usually take shelter in humid places with easy access to food. Once you have identified their areas of hiding, using baits you can kills them. Also sealing up the entry points like cracks, crevices, leaky faucets and pipes can largely help in controlling them. Ensure that most spaces in the house remain airy and clean.

Also keeping food covered, and in tightly lidded jars helps. Keeping kitchen dry and washing garbage bins and cloths and keeping them dry also helps greatly in combating their activity. Keeping pantry neat and clean and also ensuring at day end that kitchen floors have no food spills is very important. Using disinfectant cleaning liquid on floors is also a good practice.

Keeping garden sheds and garages well lighted and ventilated also prevents cockroach infestation. While there are a wide range of sprays that are available in local stores or online platforms, they do a temporary job in eliminating cockroaches. These insects generally thrive in a large number and so to get rid of them one would require a certain skill, expertise, right treatment and technique that only a professional Pest Control Exterminators can provide and give you back a pest free home.