Brownbanded Roach

Brown, with pronounced banding across wings
Found throughout the U.S.
1/2″ long
Brownbanded Roach

Size ranges from one-fourth inch for a worker ant to up to three-fourths inch for a queen in the most common species.

May range from red to black in color.

Build nests in deteriorating, moist wood; often the colony will extend its nest into adjacent, sound wood.

Are commonly found in porch pillars and roofs, windowsills, telephone poles, live and dead trees, rotting logs and stumps and wood in contact with soil.

Do not actually eat the wood removed during nest-building activities; rather, deposit it outside entrances to the colony in small piles.

Habits: Brown-banded cockroaches can be found throughout structures, but show a preference for drier locations and warmer areas over 80 degrees. Brown-banded cockroaches often hide their egg cases in or under furniture.

Habitat: Brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer higher locations than most cockroach species and are often found in upper cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms.

Threats: Brown-banded roaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause allergies and exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children. And brown-banded cockroaches have been identified as a species of roach that can cause such reactions.

Prevention: Wondering how to get rid of brown-banded cockroaches? The best advice for brown-banded cockroach control is to practice good sanitation. To prevent brown-banded cockroaches from infesting your space, vacuum often, keep a spotless kitchen, seal all entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the brown-banded cockroach problem.