Brown Banded Cockroach Identification Guide

What are brown-banded cockroaches?

The brown-banded cockroach is a small species that prefers to live indoors and often invades homes and businesses. Like other species of cockroaches, they are very unwelcome pests. These roaches look similar to the German cockroach, and many misidentify them as such. 
Brown-banded cockroaches have a brown or tan colored body. They also have two darker bands that create horizontal stripes on their wings that are most noticeable when their wings are at rest. 

brown banded cockroach on concrete

Are brown-banded cockroaches dangerous?

Brown-banded cockroaches live near people and can negatively affect our health. These pests are dangerous because they spread bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites that can make us ill.
When they invade homes or businesses, the bacteria they carry on their bodies and legs contaminates food and surfaces. Also, their shed skins and excrement trigger allergies and asthma attacks. 

Why do I have a brown-banded cockroach problem?

One of the most common reasons you have a problem with brown-banded cockroaches is because you have unknowingly introduced them into your home. They get into structures inside of packages, boxes, used appliances, electronics, and furniture already infested with adults, eggs, or nymphs. They may also find their way inside while out foraging for food or seeking a hot, dry environment to live in. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer warm, dry areas. They are most comfortable in temperatures over 80 degrees.

Where will I find brown-banded cockroaches?

Due to their preference for warm, dry areas, brown-banded cockroaches live in the upper levels of homes and other structures. They prefer locations that are away from leaky pipes, faucets, and other sources of water. Inside, they hide out in the uppers parts of cabinets, upholstered furniture, behind doors frames, in clocks or electronics, and attics. 

How do I get rid of brown-banded cockroaches?

Acquiring help from a professional pest control expert is the best way to eliminate brown-banded cockroaches and keep them from returning. At Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained and dedicated to providing safe and effective pest control services that are affordable. We are a local, family-owned pest control company whose number one priority is putting our customers first and exceeding expectations. 
For home or business owners looking to eliminate pests from their property once and for all, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent brown-banded cockroaches in the future?

To help protect your North Carolina property from brown-banded cockroaches, consider putting into place the following prevention measures.

  • Inspect packages, boxes, furniture, and other items for brown-banded cockroaches before bringing them into your house.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home, sealing any entry points discovered.

  • Regularly vacuum, dust, and clean-up spills and crumbs.

  • Make sure that cabinets and pantry areas are free of crumbs and other food debris.

  • Remove trash from your home daily and place it in outdoor trash cans with tight-fitting lids.

  • Make sure attic spaces are well-ventilated. 


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