Cockroaches are one of the most prominent pests found in buildings where humans live and work. Cockroaches can transmit serious diseases like typhoid fever and cholera. The germs responsible for these diseases are picked up by cockroaches from filth and carried to the food you eat. Cockoaches also transmit dysentery, the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the large intestine caused by bacterial or viral infection. This disease is characterized by abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, and bloody stool, mucus or pus in the stools. If the patient doesn't get help immediately, he or she may die from dehydration or other complications.
There are around 430 species of cockroaches in Australia and of them there are only about 6 that are a serious pest in Australian homes and businesses. Of those 6 there are 3 main species that are prevalent in North Queensland. All of our pest species have been imported.
The American Cockroach is one of the big boys of the cockroach world. It is the largest household infesting cockroach at around 54mm long. Not really "American" this roach was probably introduced from Europe by Christopher Columbus from Africa... Read More
The Australian Cockroach actually isn't Australian at all. It is found in most Southern Asian countries but was first identified in Australia. Commonly known as the Australasian Cockroach it mostly inhabits our outdoor spaces (like a true blue Aussie) and prefers to spend it's time in compost bins, greenhouses and outdoor sheds where it's warm and moist. The Aussie Cockroach doesn't like the cold preferring hot and humid environments.... Read More
The Brownbanded is a small cockroach compared to other types at around the same size as German Cockroaches (13-16mm) and as the name suggests they have pronounced bands and colouration across the wings of the adults and bodies of the nymphs. Often called the 'Furniture cockroach' it can be found infesting all areas of a home including bedrooms and other non food preparation areas.... Read More
The German Cockroach is one of the worst cockroaches to infest a home or commercial situation. The German Cockroach is the worst offender when it comes to defecating on surfaces and the odour that is left is extremely distasteful. It will smear it's faeces on surfaces which contain an aggregation pheromone and extremely potent allergens... Read More
The Oriental cockroach is a medium sized cockroach and is mostly a pest in cooler climates. The male and female are very different in their appearance with the male having fully developed wings and the female only having wing stubs. It is commonly known in Europe and the US as the "Black Beetle" due to it's distinguishable dark colouring... Read More
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