Brown Banded Cockroach

The Brown Banded Cockroach

Brown Banded Cockroach

Brown Banded Cockroach. By CrStN224 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, 

Spotting a cockroach in your premises is never a pleasant site. Before you jump upon a remedy against them, make sure to identify their species and take the proper measures against them. The Brown Banded cockroach, in particular, is different from the others for several reasons.



Brown Banded cockroaches are one of the smallest types of roaches, their adults are just 11–14.5 mm in length. They are light brown colored cockroaches which possess two light colored transverse bands on the wings of adults. They have fully developed functional wings.


Like most species of roaches, Brown Banded cockroaches prefer dark and warm surroundings. They don’t live in outdoor settings, they exist in buildings, apartments, hospitals, restaurants, and homes. Brown Banded cockroaches avoid water and unlike other species, don’t need damp surroundings for survival. They are usually found in bedrooms, living rooms and at higher locations like behind picture frames, inside closets, inside switchboards, in upper cabinets of kitchen and washroom, etc.

They can eat away literally anything that’s available, for example, decaying matter, body fluids, wallpapers, basic food items, glue, paper, oil, human waste, nails, etc.

Brown Banded cockroaches are nocturnal insects and avoid daylight. A preferable temperature for a Brown Banded cockroach to survive ranges from 77 degrees to 91 degrees Fahrenheit.

Female brown banded cockroaches carry their eggs for just 1-2 days. Then, they’ll usually attach the tiny (5mm long) eggs to walls, ceilings or inside furniture like table, chair, bed, etc. Therefore, when the furniture is moved from one room to other, it’ll let them spread in other areas of the house.


The first obvious sign in identifying their presence is seeing the actual Brown Banded cockroaches in your house or building. They usually come out at night for their food hunt, but because they live in cabinets and drawers you can spot them there in the day too.

Spotting fecal spots of Brown Banded cockroaches hints towards their infestation. These dark brown or black colored droppings can be seen in the spaces they frequently visit.

Though they the tiny eggs they produce aren’t easily visible, the tan colored egg cases, after the cockroach has been hatched, can be easily spotted and point out towards an infestation of Brown Banded roaches.


Usually Brown Banded cockroaches invade your house in search of food and shelter. They live in warm conditions; therefore sometimes they make entry in your house to avoid colder weather outside. Mostly, they way they get their way into your house is through infested items. These items include: infested second-hand furniture, grocery items bearing their eggs, electronics, or food items.


If after careful inspection, you identify the Brown Banded cockroach in your house, these methods will help you eradicate them from your premises.

Sanitation & Vacuuming house:

Proper cleaning and sanitation is your first tool against pests. Get rid of discarded food particles, remove food spillages, dispose the debris and maintain spotless kitchen. Always throw garbage in a bin with a tight lid and regularly dispose the debris.

Vacuuming your house more often will not only help in cleaning the surroundings, it will also suck away Brown Banded cockroaches and their tiny eggs lying in the corners. These can’t be removed easily, using a vacuum is one of your best tools.

Sealing Holes and Cracks:

Brown Banded cockroaches hide in small cracks, crevices, small holes, behind sockets and switch boards. Seal the holes with the help of caulk and fill up the cracks and gaps.

Using Chemicals:

It’s very difficult to eradicate Brown Banded cockroaches from your home without using chemicals. Put up baits comprising fipronil, sulfluramid, boric acid, or abamectin chemicals on the groups of Brown Banded cockroaches.

Pheromone traps are another way to attract Brown Banded cockroaches and kill them.

Brown Banded Cockroach Facts

  • Brown Banded cockroaches can eat anything that’s available in your house, from food items to nylon, to wallpapers, they can eat all.
  • Water scares Brown Banded cockroaches and they avoid contact with it
  • They contaminate food and spread more than 33 disease-causing bacteria among people.
  • Average lifespan of a Brown Banded cockroach is 206 days.

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