Brown-Banded Roaches

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Brown-Banded Roach Facts

  • Brown-banded cockroaches are known to spread bacteria, parasitic worms and other human pathogens.
  • Among the most popular of roach species in the US.
  • Adult males are ½ inch long and have fully functional wings they’ll use when disturbed.

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What Are Brown-Banded Roaches?

Among the most adaptable animals on earth, some 3,500 cockroach species exist today, with a lineage dating back 300 million years, backed up by fossil evidence. With about 55 cockroach species found in the US, the most common include American, Brown-banded, German and Oriental cockroaches.

Brown-banded cockroaches prefer higher, drier places
At around ½ inch and light brown, adult male brown-banded cockroaches, Supella longipalpa (Serville) grow fully functional wings and are known to fly when disturbed. Shorter and stouter, adult females sport shorter wings and are not thought to fly. Distinguished by two broad, brown bands crossing their bodies, brown-banded cockroaches prefer warm, dry locations, closer to the ceiling than the floor. Brown-banded cockroaches frequent a variety of places in your home including:

  • Upper walls of cabinets.
  • Inside pantries and closets.
  • Inside furniture drawers.
  • Behind framed pictures.
  • Inside clocks and radios.
  • Switch plates.
  • Beneath tables and chairs.

Brown-banded cockroaches are well suited to live in your home
As brown-banded cockroaches require less water than German cockroaches, they prefer drier, higher places. Female brown-banded cockroaches lay eggs in capsules, also called purses, that they carry around for roughly thirty hours before attaching them to out-of-the-way hiding places where vertical and horizontal surfaces meet and on walls and ceilings. In their 13 to 45-week life spans, female brown-banded cockroaches can be responsible for 600 offspring.
Because brown-banded cockroaches are known to spread more than 30 bacteria strains, six parasitic worm species and more than seven other human pathogens, accurate identification and control are essential to maintain a healthy home. Contact a professional pest control company, such as Truly Nolen to schedule a free inspection, today!

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