German cockroaches can be identified by dim longitudinal stripes on their pronotum. Adults grow to approximately 12 – 15mm in length & are easily identifiable by their light brown coloration.
Habitat: Mostly found indoors within humid and warmer areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and around hot water systems. They are scavengers and can feed on the smallest amount of crumbs and even dirty dishes.
The oriental cockroach can be a shiny black to a dark reddish-brown colour
Habitat: Primarily found outdoors these cockroaches tend live under mulch, leaf litter, under stones, bins and any other outdoor debris.
Habitat: Similar to the American cockroach the Australian cockroach tends to find its way from gardens and debris into the household.
Adult American cockroaches are a brown reddish or mahogany colour with a yellow band outlined in the area behind their head.
Habitat: After developing wings in adulthood, both the female and male both are able to fly. They can be found both indoors and outdoors preferably in humid undisturbed areas. Within the home they tend to prefer subfloors, kitchens, roof voids and bathrooms for occupancy.
Cockroach Prevention Tips:
Keep house reasonably clean, clean up any crumbs or food and make sure bins are emptied regularly. Under sinks or dishwashers tend to be a favourite place for cockroaches due to moisture so inspection for leaks should be carried out regularly. Warm areas such as under a refrigerator is another common place so regular cleans there are recommended also.