Australian cockroaches may have a name that sounds exotic, but they are a common insect in the tropical regions of Australia. Scientifically classified as Periplaneta australasiae, Australian cockroaches are found in abundance along the eastern coast, all the way from the Victorian border to Cape York. The species is actually native to Africa, but the reason it can be found in other global regions is that it was distributed all over the world through international trade.
Australian cockroaches look very similar to their American cousins, except for the fact that the former ones are smaller and grow up to length of 20-35mm. They have a reddish brown coloured body marked with yellow borders close to the pronotum. Both male and female specimens have semi-transparent wings that slightly extend beyond the abdomen.
Since Australian cockroaches love warm and humid places, they generally make their nests in wood piles and decaying logs. Besides that, they also invade greenhouses, indoor gardens and conservatories. They also have a habit of entering households in search of food. They may even be introduced accidentally by humans through plants or cardboard boxes brought from outside.
Once inside a house, these cockroaches can be very stealthy and hide under refrigerators and stoves and within cupboards, electrical appliances and water pipes. Also, their congenital nocturnality makes it really difficult to catch them, because they come out only during the night looking for food. They can eat almost anything and everything, such as starch materials like paper and book bindings. But their diet primarily includes vegetables, roots and decaying plants.
Australian cockroaches can pose a serious threat to the health of human beings. This is because these insects can contaminate various surfaces by distributing bacteria picked up from decaying food materials. They are known for transmitting deadly pathogens like Salmonella and E.Coli to humans. The areas occupied by them also give off a musty odour due to the pheromones that they produce.
Most homeowners generally do not have enough idea about how to control cockroaches safely But it is important to control them in order to prevent health issues. The best way to deal with these pests is thus to hire a professional firm dealing with cockroach pest control in Melbourne. These professionals exactly know how to control the insects using suitable measures and can prevent them from coming back to your home thus making your life a lot more stress-free.