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Brown-Banded Cockroaches

Learn More About Brown-Banded Cockroaches

The brown-banded cockroach is commonly found in the northeastern, southern, and mid-west regions of the United States. They can often be found in homes and apartments, but are less common in restaurants. You may need a cockroach extermination service to drive the brown-banded cockroach out of your home. They tend not to be found in the daytime since they avoid light. The brown-banded cockroach eats a wide variety of items, almost anything organic, including decaying matter.

Pest Identification:
Size
1/2 in.
Color
Males are brown and females are brown-black; both sexes have a light-colored band running across their wings.
Body Structure
Narrow, oval-shaped body with antennae and banded wings.
Characteristics
Females carry an egg capsule, holding up to 18 eggs, for 2-3 days and then deposit the capsule under a protective surface near food. Eggs can hatch anywhere from 30-100 days after being laid. Nymphs take anywhere from 3 to 9 months to develop into adults. The typical lifespan of a brown-banded cockroach is approximately one year. Also, unlike some other species, brown-banded roaches are capable of flight.
Habitat & Behavior
Brown-banded roaches are omnivorous scavengers and will eat anything from plant to animal material. They are largely nocturnal and prefer warm, dry locations as opposed to moist habitats. Brown-banded roaches often are found lurking around furniture, in cabinets or in closets. In fact, furnishings are a favorite place for females to deposit egg capsules.
Prevention & Treatment
Sealing cracks and crevices where roaches can enter your home is a good first step to preventing infestation. Seeing a single brown-banded cockroach may indicate that there is a larger infestation in your home. Do-it-yourself treatments, such as store-bought boric acid roach treatments or foggers, if applied incorrectly, may be ineffective and/or pose a health risk to your household. If you suspect a cockroach infestation, it is important to contact a pest control professional who can identify the roach species and treat it accordingly. Find out more about roach elimination services.