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What Are Brown-Banded Cockroaches?

Many spend quite a bit of time picking out the perfect pieces of furniture for their house. As much as you love your kitchen cabinets, there may be someone who loves them more—the brown-banded cockroach. These cockroaches are often brought inside homes in infested furniture, appliances, electronics, and grocery items. Check out how you can identify and eliminate a brown-banded cockroach infestation.

Appearance

Brown-banded cockroach

The brown-banded cockroach—Supella longipalpa—gets its name from its unique markings. Two light brown bands appear on their wings. Female brown-banded cockroaches have wings that only cover part of their body. Males have larger wings that cover their entire thorax and abdomen. The size of the male’s wings allows them to fly. Brown-banded cockroach nymphs have these bands on their body as well as yellow and brown markings. Brown-banded cockroach nymphs don’t have wings. Adult brown-banded cockroaches are small, only 1/2ʺ long. They have a dark brown, oval body and their legs have a yellowish tint. Females are a little shorter than males. Like other cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches have six legs and a pair of antennae.

Habits

Cockroach on top of cabinet

Brown-banded cockroaches thrive in warm and dry locations. This makes your house a great spot for them. Unlike other cockroaches, they tend to avoid water. Instead, they migrate to the warmer, drier parts of your house, which typically means higher locations. These cockroaches are often found on ceilings and in furniture or electronics. While they will travel into a home in search of food and shelter, they are often carried in on furniture or food items and rarely leave once inside a home. Brown-banded cockroaches will eat whatever they can find including your favorite recipes, paper products, and trash. While males can fly, female brown-banded cockroaches can’t. These cockroaches can be found throughout the United States.

Threats

Brown-banded cockroaches

Even though brown-banded cockroaches enjoy spending time in your home, they still spend time in dirty locations. Cockroaches have no problem eating trash, which means they are spending time in garbage. This is when they are likely to pick up germs and bacteria, which will stick to their legs and body. When they scurry back into their hiding spots, they can easily contaminate food, counters, and kitchen utensils along the way. Brown-banded cockroaches can also multiply quickly leading to a serious infestation. Females can lay 14 egg cases during their life, which can contain 10-18 eggs each. Like other cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches are known to stir up allergies when living in a home.

Warning Signs

Brown-banded cockroach

It’s not always easy to spot brown-banded cockroaches. Their coloring makes it easy for them to blend into surfaces and furniture. They also are most active at night. Despite these difficulties, spotting one of these cockroaches is still a good way to identify a problem. Brown-banded cockroaches will come out during the day in search of food. The droppings left behind can also warn of an infestation. These look like dark specks or smears and are seen in areas where these cockroaches frequent. Brown-banded cockroaches leave these behind to inform other cockroaches that the area is safe. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for egg cases. These are reddish-brown and about 1/4ʺ long. Brown-banded cockroaches attach these to safe locations including underneath furniture.

Prevention

Woman with bag of food

Since brown-banded cockroaches are often brought into homes, it’s important to check groceries and furniture before bringing them inside. It’s a good idea to check your furniture regularly for signs of these cockroaches. Make sure to keep your home clean to reduce potential food sources. Clean up crumbs, wipe up spills, and vacuum regularly. You’ll also want to remove trash from your home and keep trash cans closed and cleaned. Keeping your food in sealed containers is a good way to prevent food contamination. Since brown-banded cockroaches enjoy eating paper products, eliminate unnecessary paper in your house. Recycle old magazines and keep your things stored in plastic bins with lids instead of cardboard boxes.

Treatment

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Nobody wants brown-banded cockroaches crawling around their home. When dealing with a cockroach problem, a quick and effective solution is needed. For the cockroaches you see running around, you can use a spray. Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Ant & Roach Killer not only kills on contact, but also provides residual repellency. This will create a barrier that will help to keep brown-banded cockroaches from returning. If you spot one cockroach, there are likely others hiding. To eliminate an infestation, you’ll have to reach the entire colony. Using a bait, like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Roach Killer Gel Bait, will help you eliminate any hidden cockroaches. Cockroaches consume the bait before returning to the nest. When they die, other cockroaches will consume them. This exposes them to the bait and helps to eliminate the infestation.

Cockroaches don’t fit into anyone’s decorative plans for their home. Though they would love to live in your kitchen cabinets and furniture, you don’t have to let them. If bugs are trying to move into your home, we want to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Pest Control products.


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