How to Identify Brown-Banded Cockroaches
Brown-banded cockroaches are smaller than most other cockroaches but about the same size as German cockroaches. They are usually brought into your home on boxes, bags and other items from other locations that have infestations.
Brown-banded cockroaches tend to infest warmer, higher places like upper closet and pantry shelves, bathrooms, ceiling corners, the top of cabinets, behind framed artwork, ceiling corners and under chairs and in furniture drawers. They consume a variety of materials including glue and paste, especially those from animal sources, some types of starch and also colorful dyes.
Brown-banded cockroaches are nocturnal and avoid the light, so they may not be as evident to you as you might think. Brown-banded cockroaches also feed on non-food items such as hosiery, attracted presumably to body oil residue and skin flakes.
How Brown-Banded Cockroaches Affect Humans
Because they pick up germs and bacteria on their leg spines and bodies while crawling through decaying materials and sewage, brown-banded cockroaches transmit pathogens to humans through food contamination. Children suffering from asthma attacks and unknown allergies may also indicate the presence of brown-banded cockroaches in your home.
How to Prevent Brown-Banded Cockroach Infestations
Brown-banded cockroaches are introduced to homes through shopping bags and cardboard boxes from grocery stores. Like other cockroaches, they are reported to spread over 30 kinds of bacteria. Unloading boxes and bags into a designated plastic tote or some other container before carrying them into your home can help reduce the chances of brown-banded cockroaches entering your home.