The brown-banded cockroach is one of the most common species of cockroach around the midwest. They are frequently found in homes and apartments, which leads them to being considered a serious pest. Much smaller than the American cockroach, they are only around half an inch in length, with females being shorter and wider than males. Females of the species also do not have fully-developed wings. Their name comes from their unique coloration, with two light-colored bands across their wings and body. Other than these bands, they are tan or light brown in coloring.

Unlike other cockroach species, the brown-banded prefer drier climates. As a result, they are more likely to end up in living spaces like bedrooms and living rooms. As such, they are also more likely to be found in homes or apartments than restaurants, marking them as a household pest. They are primarily nocturnal, and will hide from bright light. This leads them to common hiding places such as behind picture frames, and inside closets, cabinets, and furniture.

Brown-banded Cockroach Life Cycle

Females of the species lay egg capsules, placed in a protected area and usually containing around 13 eggs. The eggs take anywhere from one to three months to hatch. Upon hatching, the immature cockroaches take up to 6 months to reach adulthood. Mature adults typically live no longer than a year, but a female can produce up to 600 offspring in that time.

Brown-banded cockroaches feed on a wide array of items, with a preference for glues, starches, and dyes. Like their American cousins, they can also carry diseases. Contamination from these insects gaining access to utensils and food and result in food poisoning. Control of these cockroaches differs from others as they do not frequent damp areas. Regardless of species, our technicians are trained to help get rid of cockroaches in your home.

Did You Know?
Brown-banded cockroaches have been known to feed on nylon stockings!