Australian Cockroach

Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach)

The Australian cockroach is not your common indoor pest. These roaches definitely prefer the outdoors, as they can commonly be found in greenhouses, but will also occasionally wandering into homes. This roach is quite large with a length of 1.2 to 1.5 inches. It’s a reddish brown color with yellow markings, especially a yellow stripe near the side of its wings. It can commonly be mistaken for the American cockroach, and is similar, but is a bit smaller. This cockroach is prevalent in Australia, the southern United States, and throughout tropical environments of the world.

The Australian cockroach, like most roaches, prefers moist and warm environments, and cannot tolerate colder climates. These roaches can move very quickly, and can also fly. The Australian roach feeds on a wide array of organic matter. Its preferred meal of choice is actually vegetables. It eats mainly plants and veggies. It is also known to eat clothing and is exceptionally fond of the starch based materials used in book bindings.

 

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