American Roach

Brown Banded Roach

German Roach

Oriental Roach

Brown Banded Cockroach

Description:

Adults are about ½ inch in size with two brownish-yellow bands on their wings.  Nymphs have dark markings on their backs that look similar to the letter “H”.

Behavior:

Brown-Banded Cockroaches are commonly found in electrical sockets, behind picture frames and moldings, refrigerator motors, and light fixtures.  This roach is commonly found in structures such as homes, apartments, hotels, and hospital rooms.   Females carry their egg capsules for one to two days before they attach it to a hard surface.  The eggs generally will hatch in 50 to 70 days.  Each egg capsule contains about 18 roaches.  One female produces 14 egg capsules in their adult life.  Brown-Banded Cockroaches can easily be introduced to a structure by way of an egg capsule attached to a piece of furniture or box.  Their diet is high in starches, but they have also been known to consume nylon stockings.

Control:

Roaches Under Kitchen Drawer

A thorough inspection must be conducted when treating for Brown-Banded Cockroaches.  Sanitation is first on the list.  Crumbs and other food debris must be cleaned away from all rooms in the building.  Locating the roaches’ egg capsules and removing them is also needed in order to stop future infestations.  Light fixtures and electrical sockets must be treated with baits, dusts, or residual materials.

Fun Fact:

The Brown-Banded Cockroach has teasingly been called the Television Engineer, since they have often appeared as egg capsules or adult roaches on the inside of older style television screens.