Wildlife in Australia
1 April 2013
Other Creepy Crawliesby David Manning of Animal Ark.
CockroachesCockroaches are just a fact of life in most warm countries. I certainly don't get many in my house and like spiders the kids or my partner will call (or scream if it's a big one) for me to come and get it. Supermarkets and hardware stores sell products to spray around the home or particularly to spray the outside of your home to keep most bugs from coming in. But just by not leaving food or rubbish around you make your home less attractive to any of them.
FliesFlies can also be a nuisance. Sometimes and in some places they are unbearable. Most homes have fly screens so you can leave a door or window open but keep flies and other bugs from coming into the house.
Praying MantisThese insects are our friends - they are harmless to people but ferocious predators of flies and other nasties. They are normally seen in bushes and trees but some small species live on the ground amongst leaf litter. Usually around 5-10 cm in length and green or brown in colour.
Stick InsectsThese long thin insects are similar looking to the praying mantis but lack the mantids spikey front legs. They are harmless leaf eaters. Adults can fly and they often get blown out of trees into gardens where unless they land on a window or white wall are generally so well camouflaged that you just do not often see them.
A praying mantis: about 10cm long