Information Sheet on Cockroaches

Information Sheet on Cockroaches


 

This widely-known group of ancient insects are much despised, largely owing to the success that a small number of species have had in exploiting environments in which humans live and work.

Of the almost 3500 species of cockroaches that exist some 428 are found in Australia. However, only about six species have become serious pests of homes and industry here.

Being nocturnal creatures, they usually become active after dusk, or when human activity has ceased for the night. They tend to hide by day in cracks, crevices, and the motors and housings of appliances. They can also be itinerant visitors arriving from grease traps, subfloors, or drainage and sewage networks.

Adults are mostly flattened, and viewed from above an oval shape. The head shielded beneath the pronotum. They have long slender threadlike antennae, legs well suited to running, highly developed compound eyes and chewing mouthparts. Some species have wings while others are reduced or absent.

Nymphs or young cockroaches are similar to the adults except in genitalia, color, and texture of the cuticle.

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dults are mostly flattened, and viewed from above an oval shape. The head shielded beneath the pronotum. They have long slender threadlike antennae, legs well suited to running, highly developed compound eyes and chewing mouthparts. Some species have wings while others are reduced or absent.

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Nymphs or young cockroaches are similar to the adults except in genitalia, color, and texture of the cuticle.

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The Oothca: can be dropped or sometimes glued to surfaces by the female prior to hatching.

After hatching nymphs develop through several moults over a period of 2-4 months, but can be longer based on environmental conditions such as food and shelter.

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Cockroaches are scavengers who eat virtually any human, animal food or vegetable material, as well as stored foods. They tend to contaminate living or food-handling areas with droppings, skin casts, regurgitation, or abdominal secretions. They are known to carry disease organisms such as bacteria, viral conditions, and protozoa on their cuticle and in the gut. These include Salmonella, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and typhoid fever. As a result, infestations are generally regarded as a threat to human health.

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