Large cockroach species

Australian cockroach

Australian Cockroach

Latin name: Periplaneta australasiae

Life-cycle length: 365 days

Adult life span: 6 months

Adult size: 35 mm

Wings: Yes. Will fly in warmer temperatures

Geographic distribution: Primarily east coast from the tropics down to the Victorian border

Preferred locations: In gardens, drains, sub-floor, roof void

American cockroach

American cockroach

Latin name: Periplaneta Americana

Life-cycle length: 600 days

Adult life-span: 12 months

Adult size: 40 mm

Wings: Yes. Will fly in warmer temperatures

Geographic distribution: Found found through most of Australia

Preferred locations: In gardens, drains, sub-floor, roof void

Oriental cockroach

Latin name: Blatta orientalis

Life-cycle length: 365 days

Adult life span: 6 months

Adult size: 27 mm

Wings: Male – 3/4 of body length, Female -very short. Neither can fly

Geographic distribution: Primarily cool temperate parts of Australia

Preferred locations: Prefers damp and cool areas in gardens and garbage

Smoky brown cockroach

Smoky brown cockroach

Latin name: Periplaneta fuliginosa

Life-cycle length: 320 days

Adult life span: 12 months

Adult size: 38 mm

Wings: Yes. Both sexes have wings and are strong fliers

Geographic distribution: Prefers tropical / sub-tropical areas

Preferred locations: Strong preference for damp areas outdoors

Small cockroach species

German cockroach

German cockroach

Latin name: Blattella germanica

Life-cycle length: 550 days

Adult life span: 6 months

Adult size: 15 mm

Wings: Both sexes have wings, but they rarely fly

Geographic distribution: Found through most of Australia

Preferred locations: Kitchen, bathrooms and laundry, where there’s food and moisture

Brown banded cockroach

brown banded cockroach

Latin name: Supella longipalpa

Life-cycle length:  120 days

Adult life span:  2 months

Adult size: 14 mm

Wings: Male – yes, can fly, Female – shortened wings, cannot fly

Geographic distribution: Found through most of Australia

Preferred locations: Warm, dry locations in the home, including in electrical equipment

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