The Australian cockroach, an invader from down under?

The Australian cockroach is a fairly common species of cockroach that we deal with quite often at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control. Although I’m tempted to call the Australian cockroach an occasional invader, this species of cockroach has been known to take up residency inside our homes for the long term. The Australian cockroach looks very similar to the American cockroach, and the two are often confused. You can tell these two roaches apart by the color of the thorax. The Australian cockroach has what appears to be large yellow sun glasses, while the American cockroach has a darker area on the thorax. The Australian cockroach is an invasive species. Despite the name which would imply that these roaches are originally from Australia, the Australian cockroach is believed to originate from Africa. It is a common belief that they were accidentally transported here long ago as stowaways on the cargo of trade ships. The Australian cockroach is tropical in nature, so they are most common in the southeastern part of the United States, California, and other countries with warm, tropical climates.

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At the current time, they have yet to evolve to survive the colder temperatures of the north, however, they can survive these temperatures if the are living on the inside of the home. Despite it’s larger size, these roaches are extremely quick and agile. They also have wings that are capable of flight. Like most roaches, the Australian roach is a scavenger, though they seem to be more found of vegetable matter than many of it’s cousins.

Although the Australian cockroach usually comes in from the outside, inside infestations similar to German roaches are not unheard of. They invade the inside of homes looking for food, water, and warmth. The protocol for control is similar to that of other roach species. As a homeowner, it would be best to remove food and water sources and practice good sanitation. Also, keep all food in tightly sealed containers. Limit their entry points and harborage areas by caulking cracks and crevices, repairing damaged screens, and sealing holes around pipes. Our side of control would be a combination of baiting on the inside, treating the outside with repellent products, and in some cases the use of pheromone traps would be implemented. Through a good integrated pest management program, we can keep ahead of the Australian cockroach, and all it’s cousins. We at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control are ready to answer your call.

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