Brown-Banned Cocroaches

Brown-Banned Cocroach

Scientific Name: Supella longipalpa


The Brown-banded cockroach is a small species, typically ranging from 10 to 14 millimeters in length. It is easily distinguished by the light brown to tan coloration on its body and distinctive pale bands across its wings and abdomen. Brown-banded cockroaches differ from most other species by possessing wings which extend past the tip of their abdomens, and these wings extend well past where their abdomen meets with wings that cover its entire length.


Brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer warmer and dryer environments over other species of cockroaches. They are often found in homes and buildings, particularly in upper cabinets, closets, and other high places away from moisture sources. They can also be found behind picture frames, in electronic appliances, and furniture.

pest profile Brown-banded cockroach


Nocturnal: Brown-banded cockroaches are primarily active at night, seeking food and mates under the cover of darkness.

Scavengers: Pest insects feed on an assortment of organic matter, from food scraps and paper debris, to household materials like glue.

Dispersion: Unlike some other cockroaches that prefer damp areas, Brown-banded cockroaches can thrive in drier conditions and tend to disperse throughout a building rather than concentrating in one area.


Female Brown-banded cockroaches produce egg cases (oothecae) that contain up to 18 eggs. These egg cases are light brown and can be easily mistaken for other debris. The female typically deposits the ootheca in hidden and protected areas, ensuring the survival of her offspring.

Health Risks:

Brown-banded cockroaches pose health hazards similar to other species of cockroaches. They may contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria, exacerbate allergies through their shed skins and droppings, and contribute to asthma attacks in sensitive individuals.

Control and Prevention:

Effective control of Brown-banded cockroaches involves:

Sanitation: Keeping living areas clean and free of food debris.

Exclusion: Sealing cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and pipes to prevent entry.

Treatment: Using insecticides and baits specifically targeted for cockroach control, applied in areas where activity is noted.

Summary Of Brown-banded Cockroach:

The Brown-banded cockroach, though smaller and less dependent on moisture than other species, can still become a nuisance in homes and buildings. Understanding their habits and preferences is crucial for effective control and prevention strategies to minimize their impact on human health and living environments. Get ‘Em Out Wildlife Control specializes in identifying and addressing these issues with precision.


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