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Cockroach Facts & Information

How To Identify & Control Cockroaches

Latin Name
Order Blattodea

What do Cockroaches look like?

Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm (2 in) length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates. Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some have wings. However, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. 

Types of Cockroaches

How Do You Get Rid of Cockroaches?


To effectively get rid of cockroaches, a comprehensive pest management approach, like the one offered by OCG, is often necessary. Here's an overview of the typical steps involved in this process:

Assessment: The first step involves a thorough inspection of the premises. This is crucial for identifying the specific type of cockroaches, understanding the extent of the infestation, and locating their nests or hiding spots.

Implementation: Based on the assessment, a customized treatment plan is developed and implemented. This could include a combination of methods such as:
Insecticides: These could be in the form of sprays, gels, or baits. The type and application will depend on the severity and location of the infestation.
Traps: Sticky traps or bait stations might be used to capture and monitor cockroach activity.
Preventive Measures: This includes sealing entry points, fixing leaks, and ensuring proper sanitation to deter cockroaches from entering or thriving in the area.

Monitoring: After the initial treatment, regular monitoring is essential to ensure the effectiveness of the control measures. If cockroaches are still present, additional treatments or changes in strategy might be necessary.

Remember, cockroach control is an ongoing process rather than a one-time event. Regular maintenance and preventive measures are key to keeping these pests at bay. If you're facing a cockroach infestation, calling a professional pest control service like OCG at (02) 9820 5534 can be an effective solution. They can offer expert advice and treatment tailored to your specific situation.

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People often blame a cockroach problem on poor housekeeping. While cleaning floors, kitchens, and bathrooms is useful and very important to reduce food sources used by cockroaches, they may get inside and cause an infestation for other reasons. These pests can hitch a ride on infested items brought inside, get indoors via cracks and gaps in the home’s exterior, enter through drains or sewer pipes and a few species of cockroaches can fly inside when attracted to lights.


While cockroaches are one of the most common pest problems, they are also one of the most stubborn. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, breed quickly, have a very high reproductive potential and may develop resistance to pesticides.  Cockroaches often taint food with E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, so it’s not safe to ignore these pests. Exposure to cockroach feces and the body parts of dead roaches over time can even trigger allergies and asthma.

Cockroach Control

  • Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on our person!
  • Ideal Environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground for certain pest species of cockroaches. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.
  • Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly. For every one you see there can be many, many more hiding and multiplying behind your walls.
  • Evasiveness: Because cockroaches typically are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you probably haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation.
  • Allergies/Asthma: The debris created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals.


  • They can survive for a week without the head
  • Female cockroaches need to mate only once!
  • A Cockroach Can Hold Its Breath for 40 Minutes
  • They Can Run Up to Three Miles in an Hour
  • Newborn German Cockroaches Become Adults in as Little as 36 Days
  • A One-Day-Old Baby Cockroach Can Run Almost as Fast as Its Parents
  • Cockroaches Can Live Without Food for One Month
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