Brown-Banded Cockroaches carry harmful bacteria and may contribute to causing a number of diseases, such as asthma, diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
The Latin name of a brown-banded cockroach is Supella longipalpa. An adult brown-banded cockroach has a length of around 11 to 14.5 mm. It is one of the smallest and most colorful cockroaches. This type of cockroach can be identified by the light brown transverse bands on its body. An adult brown-banded cockroach has those bands across its wings, while a young roach has these lines across its body.
Behavior, Habits and Diet
Brown-banded cockroaches prefer living in warmer and less humid places than German cockroaches prefer. While the former prefer warmer indoor temperatures of about 70 degrees, the latter prefers a temperature of 80 degrees. You’ll find brown-banded cockroaches mostly in the attic, on the ceiling, or on and around any household appliances. They become mostly active during the night, but could be found looking for food during the day as well.
The food preference of this type of cockroach is no different than most other types of roaches, but brown-banded cockroaches prefer materials that have higher starch content including wallpaper, stamps, and book bindings.
An average lifespan of a brown-banded cockroach is around 206 days. Some roaches have a lifespan as short as 130 days, while other may have a lifespan as long as 315 days. An average female produces around 14 egg capsules in her entire life, with each capsule containing anywhere between 10 and 18 eggs. She carries each egg capsule for around 24 to 36 hours. After that, she attaches it to the covered base of the surface. After the young ones are born, the time required to develop depends on the weather conditions and other factors. In an ideal environment, it takes around 90 days, but could take 276 days in more in an unfavorable condition.
Signs of Infestation
If you suspect an infestation in your home, you should look for the following signs.
- Seeing the actual insect: Brown-banded cockroaches remain mostly active during the night, but you may see them out looking for food during the day time as well.
- Droppings: You may notice droppings of brown-banded cockroaches in different parts of your house, especially in areas mostly infested by these roaches. You may notice some dark brown or black smear marks on the walls or floor or fecal spots on different areas of the home, such as around lighting fixtures or across the crown molding in the ceiling.
- Egg Capsules: Look for the egg capsules in all the cracks and crevices in the walls or ceiling. These capsules are very small in size and usually are lengthier that 5 mm, so it may be difficult to notice them. However, the capsules are easier to notice after hatching when the egg cases are dislodged.
Some common areas where you can find brown-banded cockroaches include pantries, closets, cabinets, appliance motors, and electronic devices. Brown-banded cockroaches also take shelter behind picture frames or wall clocks. These types of cockroaches carry harmful bacteria and may contribute to causing a number of diseases, such as asthma, diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
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