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How To Control Brown-banded Cockroaches

The brown-banded cockroach is often confused with the German cockroach since both of these cockroaches are on the smaller side compared to most but it actually can be easily distinguished by looking closely and seeing that the brown-banded cockroach has light colored irregular-looking brown bands running from one side to the other across the base of the wings and abdomen in adults, hence the reason for their name. No matter it’s appearance though, the brown-banded cockroach when invading indoors where humans reside can become a frustrating pest to see and control.

Another difference that separates it from other cockroaches like the German cockroach is that brown-banded cockroaches don’t necessarily need to be around moisture to survive and thrive. When infiltrating indoors, they are commonly found in furniture, or on the walls and ceilings as opposed to the kitchen and bathrooms which the German cockroach prefers to be around. They prefer dry and warm places and may be scattered throughout the building rather than concentrated in a particular spot.

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How to Get Rid of Brown-banded Cockroaches: 4 Step Solution

Brown banded cockroaches may not be as prevalent as the German cockroach but they can be just as frustrating and damaging to have in the home. To eliminate this pest from your home, it will take patience and persistence on your end along with a combination of both chemical and non-chemical treatment methods. By following the steps we have laid out below you can get rid of brown-banded cockroaches from your home swiftly.

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Step One: Identification. Before you can get right to roach control, you have to know how the brown-banded cockroach looks. Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. Male brown-banded roaches have full wings that reach beyond the tip of their pointed abdomens, but females have underdeveloped wings that prohibit them from flying. They are larger than German cockroaches, reaching about 1/2 inch long.

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Step Two: Inspection. Brown banded cockroaches   A thorough and detailed sanitation and exclusion conducted on your entire home is the most important step if you hope to eliminate an infestation of brown-banded cockroaches in your home. Clean your home, especially the kitchen thoroughly to make sure no crumbs, grease or oils are left behind. Regularly take out trash and vacuum. Removing water sources by keeping areas dry and fixing leaks in plumbing etc. Make sure not to restrict your sanitation to the kitchen and bathrooms because again brown-banded cockroaches don’t prefer those areas and can be scattered around the home. Be sure to also carry out exclusion practices such as sealing off cracks and crevices with caulking to keep roaches from entering into your home from outdoors.

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Step Three: Control. Once the home is sanitized and you have implemented the necessary exclusion measures you can then carry out treatment methods. We suggest using a combination of baits, sprays and dusts so if roaches are resistant to one method, they may be more responsive to a different method. Sprays like Novacide and should be used to create barriers and to get into hard to reach areas where roaches like to hide. Baits like Apex Cockroach bait gel are also effective in that they contain attractants roaches enjoy and will take back to their harborage area and share amongst one another, ideally creating a domino effect that will kill off the whole population. We also recommend using Ficam Insect bait both indoors and outdoors to aid in your control of brown-banded cockroaches. Dusts like D-fense Dust can provide excellent control when placed under appliances and around outlets. Using insect growth regulators is also wise to use to eliminate any eggs that have yet to be hatched on your property.


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Step Four: Prevention. Once the roach population has been wiped out, you should work to discourage brown-banded cockroaches from returning through preventative measures. Regularly inspect your home for roach activity and maintain a regular cleaning routine, daily, weekly and monthly to make sure the place is properly sanitized and unwelcoming to roaches.  Spray the exterior perimeter of the house with an insecticide and make sure to inspect anything before bringing it into your home for roaches. Seal up cracks beneath doors and any other points of entry that roaches could use to gain access into your home.




brown-banded cockroachYour home is your sanctum, the place where you spend the most time, it’s where you relax after a long day at work, where you eat with your family, and where you go to sleep at night, it’s where you feel safe and protected, and where, unfortunately, Brown-banded roaches can appear.


Brown-banded roaches are perhaps one of the smallest species of cockroaches that can infest your home. They are commonly mistaken for German Roaches, due to their size, but unlike German roaches, you can find these roaches all over your home, not just the kitchen and bathroom areas. They are about 13 to 14.5 mm in length and have derived their name from the Brown bands that appear on their light brown bodies. They also, like other species of Cockroaches, have wings. The females are shorter and bulkier than their male counterparts, and the males have been known to fly.


It is believed that these roaches came from Cuba to the United States, where it was first reported and categorized in Miami in 1903.




Brown-banded roaches are usually found in warm and dry locations that are around 80°F. In the United States, these roaches are found throughout all the states with the exception of Alaska. They are most prominent in Northeastern, Southern, and Midwestern parts of the United States.


These type of roaches are commonly found inside the home in pieces of furniture, under tables, behind picture walls, and even in the bedroom. In fact, these species prefer to rest well above ground, and can often be found in ceilings and high up in walls which makes explains why they are often found in pictures frames.




Brown-banded cockroaches like all roaches will eat anything you put in front of them. From wallpaper to cloth, to books, to decaying matter these roaches can eat it all. They have also been observed to eat nylon stockings for the body oils and skin cells that can be found on these clothing items. They’ve also shown a preference for starchy materials like glues used on furniture, which is one of their favorite hiding spots.


Health Hazards


Brown-banded roaches can be extremely detrimental to your health and the health of your loved ones. At least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven human pathogens, have been reported to be spread by Brown-banded roaches. Like all cockroaches, they spread these diseases with their constant foraging, which then they spread on surfaces and eating utensils.


Brown-banded Roaches Life Cycle


Brown Banded roaches lifespan on average is about 206 days, with the longest period of time they can live being 316 days, close to a year. The life cycle of this specific type of roaches has three stages: The Egg Phase, The Nymph Stage, and the Adult Phase.


  • The Egg Phase: It all begins with when the female Brown-banded roach creates an egg case or ootheca. The ootheca or egg case would generally be about 5 mm long and might appear translucent in its light yellow color. The ootheca will usually contain about 14 to 18 eggs in each ootheca. The ootheca will be carried by the female for about 1 to 2 days or about 24 hours to 36 hours until it has hardened. After the hardening period passes, the female roach will find a convenient place to place her egg case. The locations where the eggs are placed can vary and can include high up in walls, ceilings, and under and inside furniture. In this stage, this species of roaches will spend about 37 to 103 days.


  • The Nymph Stage: The second stage of their life cycle begins when the nymphs emerge from the ootheca, and like all cockroaches will need to do several molts before they can become adults. This process can take anywhere from 8 to 31 weeks. Nymphs usually have two light bands across their abdomen.


  • The Adult Stage: After completing their final molt nymphs will turn to Adults. Adults are usually about 13 to 14.5 mm and will be bigger than their female counterparts who measure about 10 to 12 mm. The Adult males will have the capability to fly, while the females will not be able to fly, as their wings are shorter which accounts for their smaller size. Both sexes will have two distinctive dark bands across their back when their wings are closed.





Where Do Brown-banded Roaches Come From?


How you brought home used furniture you found for a great price at Goodwill? This might be one of the reasons why you might be seeing more and more of these small cockroaches in your home. These cockroaches often like to hide inside furniture, but can also enter your home through food products, and even electronics. Due to their small size, they often grab a ride in the items mentioned above.


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Where Do Brown Banded Roaches Hide in the House?


You can usually find Brown-banded roaches inside the home in areas where other cockroaches aren’t normally found. Although you might find them in the bathroom and restroom, you can usually find these bugs, in your furniture, in your bedroom, under tables, and even behind your family pictures.


Can Brown Banded Roaches Carry Diseases?


These cockroaches like all other cockroaches are extremely detrimental to your health. They carry disease and spread it throughout your house when traveling, and some of these diseases they can spread include cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever, poliomyelitis, and parasitic worms. In fact, these roaches have been linked to at least 33 kinds of diseases.



Do Brown Banded Roaches Bite?


You might find it comforting that Brown Banded roaches aren’t known to bite humans, unlike American cockroaches which have bitten humans in the past. Still, just because they don’t bite doesn’t mean they aren’t hazardous to your health. They carry multiple diseases that could affect humans, so while they don’t bite they are still extremely dangerous.


What Attracts Brown Banded Roaches to My Home?


One of the reasons why you find yourself in the middle of Brown-Banded infestation is the temperature. These species of roaches are attracted to warmer climates and are usually found in the Southern states of the United States. They also could have slipped in my accident, being carried in food packaging, electronics, and old furniture.


Can Brown-banded Roaches Fly?


The male roaches of this species have wings and have been known to fly when disturbed or startled. The females of these species are usually wider and small, and due to their undeveloped wings they can’t fly, only the males of this species can take flight.




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