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Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-banded cockroaches are one of the smaller species of cockroach likely to be found in homes and apartments. Although comparable in size to the German cockroach, they require less moisture and are therefore also found in living rooms and bedrooms. Like most cockroaches, they will avoid light and are difficult to find in the daytime.

Brown-banded roaches can conceal themselves in many places inaccessible to larger roaches. A thorough analysis of the environment is key component to preventing a large scale infestation.


Why should I be concerned?

Although cockroaches are not often associated with damage caused to buildings and vegetation, they have the potential to do great harm as they travel through various habitats, including refuse heaps and sewers. Cockroaches contaminate food with their feces and defensive secretions, as well as carrying pathogenic organisms on the feet and legs. They can carry intestinal diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid fever, and cholera. People who experience frequent and prolonged exposure to cockroaches may develop mild to severe allergic reactions such as dermatitis, itching, swelling of the eyelids, and serious respiratory conditions.

Habitat and Behaviour

A day in the life of a brown-banded cockroach

Brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer dry and warm conditions. In fact, they live almost exclusively indoors in heated buildings. These roaches are typically found higher up in structures and away from food areas. Some of their preferred locations include: spaces behind wall decorations, pictures, and loose wallpaper, in shower stalls, underneath chairs and tables, in closets, beneath or inside upholstered furniture, and in electrical appliances such as TV sets, stereos, radios, and toasters.

Most cockroaches are omnivorous and scavengers, and will eat whatever they can find. In the absence of “food” they enjoy munching on the adhesive backing of stationery, books, and wallpaper paste.


brownbanded cockroach picture

  • Relatively short, flat, and wide body shape with six legs and two long antennae protruding from the head
  • Adults are approximately 10 to 14 mm in length
  • Light-brown or a glossy dark-brown colour with a light-brown/yellow band at the edge of the pronotum
  • Adult males have fully developed wings and are able to fly
  • Females appear to be broader than the males and cannot fly

Tips for prevention and control

These tips may help you prevent brown-banded cockroaches in your home:

  • Do not leave food out overnight
  • No not leave pet food and water out overnight
  • Wash you dishes, pans, and utensil as soon as you are done using them
  • Remove all food or spilled drinks from counter tops and clean counters, sinks, and tables with soapy water
  • Vacuum all cracks and crevices to remove debris and food
  • Sweep or vacuum any food and debris on floors
  • Take garbage out daily in closed plastic containers; keep waste containers washed and clean
  • Repair any leaky water pipes or faucets
  • Recycle cans and bottles on a regular basis; wash and clean containers that hold recycling items
  • Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem

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