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What Do Australian Cockroaches Look Like?

A species of cockroach that mainly lives outside, the Australian cockroach also occasionally finds its way inside Jacksonville homes and businesses, where they become a problem for people. Australian cockroaches look very similar to the more common home invader, the large American cockroach. Though Australian cockroaches are smaller, they have similar coloring, a reddish-brown body with yellow markings on the top of the head and the front edge of each wing. Their size and yellow banding on the wings are what helps to distinguish them from American cockroaches. These roaches are also identified by the long wings that extend past the abdomen.

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When Are Australian Cockroaches Most Active?

The warm, humid weather conditions found in Florida throughout most of the year are why Australian cockroaches thrive in our area. These roaches also do very well inside heated buildings when the temperature drops too low for their comfort. Like most other species of cockroaches, Australian cockroaches are nocturnal. They hide during the day and come out at night to forage for food. Areas of light attract them, and they often gather outside of homes near the outdoor lighting. Areas of moisture are also attractants, and they often hide out behind tree bark, in garden beds, under bushes, mulch, and woodpiles.

Are Australian Cockroaches Dangerous?

Australian cockroaches are dangerous when living in and around your home. If Australian cockroaches are living outside, near your home, there is an excellent chance they will eventually find their way into your home or another structure where they cause problems, such as:

  • Cockroaches shed skins, and excrement triggers allergy symptoms in some, along with causing asthma attacks in susceptible- young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.

  • They contaminate food and surfaces with their excrement and the bacteria, pathogens, and parasites they carry on their body.

  • Australian cockroaches often inhabit greenhouses (enjoying the warm, humid temperature inside), causing damage to the plants inside.

How Do I Get Rid of Australian Cockroaches?

Don’t try to tackle Australian cockroaches on your own; it’s a difficult job. Partner with the professionals at Lindsey Pest Service. We understand how frustrating invasions can be, and our comprehensive services and modern solutions will eliminate the current problems and prevent future ones. To learn more about removing Australian cockroaches through our residential or commercial pest control services, reach out today to Lindsey Pest Services.