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Brown-Banded Cockroach

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What Is A Brown-Banded Cockroach?

The brown-banded cockroach is a small domestic cockroach, meaning they spend their entire lives indoors. Closely resembling the German cockroach, brown-banded cockroaches need warm temperatures to survive and will come into your home looking for food and shelter. Sneaky little creatures, they will often find their way inside your home by hitching a ride on infested furniture, grocery items, deliveries, and electronics. Brown-banded cockroaches need less moisture to survive than other cockroach species like the German cockroach. They have a tendency to stay in drier locations in your home near a food source like upper cabinets in your kitchen or near stacks of newspaper or magazines near trash receptacles. 

What Does A Brown-Banded Cockroach Look Like?

Brown-banded cockroaches are small in comparison to other cockroaches. Brown-banded cockroaches range from about 10 millimeters to 14 millimeters in length. Thy are tan to light brown with two light-colored bands that cross the length of the wings and abdomen. Sometimes, these bands appear to be broken and can also be obscured by the cockroach’s wings, making them harder to identify than other species of cockroach. 

Male and female brown-banded cockroaches look slightly different: male cockroaches have wings that cover their abdomens which might be due, in part, to the fact that they are more slender. This means that female brown-banded cockroaches are more stout with smaller wings. 

Where Are Brown-Banded Cockroach Habitats Located?

Brown-banded cockroaches can be found in most parts of the United States and are common in the northeastern, southern and midwest areas of the country. Typically found inside buildings, this species of cockroach needs less moisture to survive than several other species of cockroach, so you may find them not just in your kitchen and bathroom, but also in your living room and bedrooms. Brown-banded cockroaches avoid light, so you would most likely see activity at night.  

Are Brown-Banded Cockroaches Dangerous?

Brown-banded cockroaches are not known for biting humans, so they are not dangerous in that sense, however, they are known to carry 33 different bacteria, 6 different kinds of parasitic worms and 7 different types of human pathogens. Additionally, they are known to trigger allergies and asthma in humans, which can create a highly dangerous situation for those affected. 

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