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    Flick are experts at eliminating cockroaches from your home. All over Australia, our local cockroach pest control specialists provide safe and effective cockroach solutions. Cockroaches are one of the most ancient and virtually indestructible pests in the world! We have approximately 550 cockroach species in Australia; only 5 of which are common household pests. Cold-blooded, cockroaches are active in summer and thrive in warm, humid environments such as kitchens, roof voids and bathrooms. Find out more when you download our Cockroach Fact Sheet!

    Flick Home Protection plans make protecting your family and home from cockroaches and pests easier than ever. Our effective and affordable year round pest control plans include an exclusive 12 month warranty. Cockroaches are included in our Gold, Silver and Bronze Home Protection Plans. Find out more here.

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    What Is the Best Way to Tell if Cockroaches Are Gone for Good?

    How to Identify Cockroaches

    The most common pest species of cockroaches include the German cockroach, American cockroach, and Oriental cockroach. These pests range in size from 1/2 inch to 2 inches in length and are typically dark brown or black in colour. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies and long, spiny legs.

    Cockroaches prefer warm, moist environments, making them commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. They are often found near food sources and water, such as in cupboards, around plumbing fixtures, and in garbage areas. Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, typically hiding in dark, secluded spaces during the day and becoming active at night.

    These pests are known for their scavenging behaviour, feeding on a wide range of organic materials, including food scraps, paper, glue, and even pet food. They also have the ability to carry and spread disease-causing bacteria and allergens. Due to their rapid breeding capabilities, their presence can quickly escalate into a significant infestation. Identifying cockroaches based on their physical characteristics and nocturnal behaviour can help in implementing effective pest control measures.

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    Preventative Measures for Cockroaches

    Cockroaches are a common household pest that can be found in homes and businesses all over Australia. These insects are not only unsightly, but also carry various diseases and allergens that can pose a risk to human health. To prevent cockroach infestations, it is crucial to implement preventative measures and maintain good hygiene practices.

    One of the most effective ways to prevent cockroaches from invading your home or business is to keep it clean and free of food and water sources. Cockroaches are known to be scavengers and can feed on a wide range of organic matter, including food scraps, pet food, and even decaying substances. Cockroaches are also attracted to areas with water, so it is important to fix any leaks or areas of moisture to prevent their access to water sources.

    They are resilient creatures that can survive in various environments and multiply rapidly. To effectively control cockroach infestations, it is crucial not only to eliminate their food and water sources, but also to practice good sanitation and cleanliness habits. To prevent cockroach infestations, it is essential to:

    1. Keep all food stored in airtight containers and clean up spills and crumbs promptly.
    2. Regularly empty and clean garbage cans, as well as keep them tightly sealed.
    3. Fix any leaks or areas of moisture in plumbing fixtures to eliminate water sources.
    4. Clean and sanitise kitchen and bathroom surfaces regularly to remove any food particles or residue.
    5. Seal any cracks or crevices in walls, floors, and windows to prevent cockroaches from entering the premises.

    How Cockroaches Are Treated

    For effective cockroach pest control, a combination of chemical and non-chemical treatments is typically used to target different cockroach species. The latest techniques and advanced tools, such as baits, residual sprays, and insect growth regulators, are employed for optimal results.

    Chemical treatments may include the use of low-toxicity insecticides that are safe for both humans and pets. Non-chemical treatments may involve the use of traps, sealing entry points, and improving sanitation to prevent future infestations.

    A tailored treatment plan will be developed based on the specific cockroach species present, the extent of the infestation, and the environment. This plan will include the type of treatment to be used, the duration of the treatment, expected results, and instructions for inhabitants to follow during and after the treatment.

    Due to how difficult they are to control; long-term pest treatment plans are the most efficient way to deal with cockroaches. Some species may require multiple pest control treatments, such as the German Cockroach, in order to break the breeding cycle of the infestations. Regular pest inspections and treatments are essential to giving cockroaches the Flick – for good!

    Shield Your Family & Home Year Round from Cockroaches

    Flick's Home Protection Plans

    Flick’s Home Protection Plans provide effective and affordable year round protection for your home and family. Our Gold, Silver and Bronze Home Protection plans include preventive measures to stop cockroaches from entering and nesting in your home. All our home Protection plans come with a 12-month warranty* and easy affordable monthly payments. With a variety of Home Protection plans to choose from, you can find a plan that meets your specific needs and budget. Contact your local Flick branch to discuss which Home Protection is suitable for your home and budget.

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    Commercial Pest Solutions

    Integrated Pest Management Solutions

    Our Integrated Pest Management program uses the latest technology focusing on prevention and addressing the root of the causes of pest problems to ensure a pest free environment for commercial workplaces and facilities. Our solutions are tailored to proactively prevent and help mitigate the impact and risk of a pest infestation. We combine tailored multi-faceted solutions with our latest digital pest technology supported by our highly regulated experienced team of technicians to bring you the best in pest control. Let us create a customised plan for your workplace today.

    SMART Digital Pest Control

    Our SMART Pest Control is an intuitive digital pest control system that keeps an eagle eye on your business with automated detection of rodents, cockroaches and moths. SMART technology will monitor rodent activity around the clock. On detection, the technology instantly reacts, records and reports activity, using non-toxic methods trapping rodents in an environmentally friendly way. Combine SMART automation with our regular pest control services for integrated, blanket protection against all major pests.

    Common Cockroach Questions

    1. How long can cockroaches survive without food?

      Cockroaches are cold-blooded insects which can survive for one month without food. However, they can only survive for one week without water, which is why they are often found in bathrooms and kitchens, or are attracted to moist sinks at night.

    2. What’s the best way to kill a cockroach?

      Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to kill. They can live for one week without a head! Eventually they will die because without their mouth, they can’t drink water and die of thirst. They can also survive for around 40 minutes under water by holding their breath. The best way to control cockroaches is by calling a professional exterminator like Flick.

    3. Are German cockroaches the most difficult to get rid of?

      Yes, because of this, DIY methods rarely solve a German cockroach infestation and require an expert to analyse the problem and create a treatment plan. In order to ensure that the breeding cycle is broken, multiple treatments may be required.

    4. What are the signs of a cockroach infestation?

      Cockroaches are nocturnal. If you spot them during the day, it’s a sign of a major problem! Otherwise, watch out for droppings on counters and in drawers. They look like coffee grounds and may also cause stains in corners and an oily, musty odour.

    5. Are all breeds of cockroaches considered pests?

      No! According to National Geographic, there are over 500 native species, which are an essential part of our native ecosystem. They dig intricate burrows in semi-arid regions. The bush cockroach is also called the Mardi Gras cockroach because of its beautiful bright colours.

    Common Cockroach Species

    Common German Cockroach Pest Control

    German Cockroach


    The German cockroach is small, pale brown and has two streaks on the body. Have wings but rarely fly. 12 – 16mm in length. Chewing mouthparts.


    German cockroaches are very active and found in all types of urban home and retail environments. They favour warm, humid environments and harbour in cracks and dark crevices. They are omnivorous scavengers and prefer fermented foods. Have been known to feed on glue and soiled clothing. Can cause asthma and spread disease.


    Nocturnal but you may spot them during the day if there is a major infestation. They reproduce extremely quickly because the speed of their lifecycle and large number of young. This means there is a tendency for them to become resistant to chemicals through ‘selection’.

    Common Australian Cockroach Pest Control

    Australian Cockroach


    The Australian cockroach is 30 -35mm long. Dark reddish brown with yellow streaks, they have wings which completely cover the abdomen.


    Australian cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers that prefer decaying organic vegetable matter. However, they may also feed on starchy materials such as book bindings. Their presence may cause anxiety, with secretions that affect some humans. Food and utensils can also become contaminated by their droppings, cast skins and empty egg cases.


    Nocturnal, the Australian cockroach may also fly or glide in warm weather, in search of a cooler area. They are mostly found outdoors, often under the bark of trees, in woodpiles and in locations with moist and decaying vegetable matter. May invade homes and hide in cupboards and crevices. Favours tropical environments.

    Common American Cockroach Pest Control

    American Cockroach


    The American cockroach is larger, at 35 – 40mm. Reddish brown, they have light markings on the thorax and near the head, plus large wings which cover their abdomen.


    The American cockroach is an omnivorous scavenger that prefers to feed on decaying organic matter. Adults can live for up to 3 months without food, assuming that water is available, or less than 1 month without food or water. They will feed on books and clothing and are attracted to sweet foods. They are attracted to alcohol thanks to the sugar content.


    Nocturnal, the American cockroach will fly sometimes and are good gliders. They will travel a long way from their breeding areas to feed. Their young (nymphs) are greyish brown in colour until maturing. Can be prolific breeders and live up to 2 years. Live in all urban environments and favour warmth and humidity. Often live outdoors in warmer climates and indoors in colder regions.

    Common Oriental Cockroach Pest Control

    Oriental Cockroach


    The Oriental Cockroach is usually a shiny black or dark reddish brown. The male is around 25mm with wings, while the female reaches approx. 32mm and is wingless.


    The oriental cockroach feeds on all kinds of food but prefers decaying organic matter and garbage. They are heavily dependent on water and cannot live for more than 2 weeks without a water source. This is why they tend to gather in large numbers near water sources. Like other types of pest cockroaches, they can traffic germs and bacteria through a house and be unsightly.


    Neither male nor female Oriental cockroach can fly. They primarily live outdoors and are often found in sewers and under debris and leaves. They also live in voids and crevices beneath houses and invade homes during summer. They harbour in damp, cool locations and will crawl around toilets, sinks, pipes and ducts.

    Common Adult Smoky Brown Cockroach Pest Control

    Adult Smoky Brown Cockroach


    The Adult Smoky Brown cockroaches are large and winged, almost 38mm long. They are shiny and a uniformly black and mahogany colour, which camouflages them against leaf and mulch.


    These pests often frighten people who aren’t used to seeing large, flying cockroaches! They are commonly found outdoors in warm cities like Sydney and Brisbane, and are nocturnal, walking in search of food. They can contaminate surfaces by spreading bacteria and also trigger asthma or allergic reactions.


    The Smoky Brown cockroach is a strong flier and may enter the home through an open window or door, or through a crevice like other cockroaches. They are usually found in basements and on the ground floor, and gravitate towards exposed trash, sewers and pools of standing water.

    I found Cockroaches! Help!

    Don't worry, we're here to help. Follow these steps to stay safe until help arrives!

    • Call a Professional

      Call Flick Pest Control Immediately.

      If you encounter cockroaches in your home or business, you may be dealing with an infestation. Don’t wait until the problem gets out of hand – we can help protect your property and ensure the health and safety of those around you. Fill out the form below or call 1300 270 019 today.

    • Leave the Cockroaches Alone

      Trust Flick Pest Control to handle the situation

      Our pest control technicians have the knowledge, experience, and tools necessary to effectively and safely eliminate pests from your home or business. Attempting to treat cockroaches on your own can be risky and may not fully eradicate the problem.

      We will and ensure a safe and effective outcome for your property.

    • There May be More!

      Don’t Go Looking Around!

      Flick’s pest control experts will perform a thorough inspection of the property to identify any areas where cockroaches may be present, followed by the development of a treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of the situation. By implementing effective pest control strategies, we can help ensure a pest-free environment for you.

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