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Brown-Banded Cockroach


Actual Size: 5/16 to 5/8″

Characteristics: Brown with pronounced banding across wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Brown-banded cockroaches congregate in warm areas, often in closets or near heat-generating appliances.


  • Brown-banded cockroaches live indoors, completely dependent on human habitats for survival.
  • One female brown-banded cockroach can produce 600 young in her lifetime.
  • Brown-banded cockroaches prefer higher elevations and are often found in upper cabinets of kitchens and bathrooms.

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-Banded Cockroaches in Atlanta, GA

The name brown-banded cockroach is derived from the distinct bands of color present on the wings of adults and the bodies of nymphs. Widely found in most states in North America, they thrive in buildings that maintain consistently high temperatures. While sharing similarities in size and body shape with the German cockroach, it can be identified by the absence of two dark stripes.

Both brown-banded cockroaches and German cockroaches are considered obligatory domestic roaches, indicating their dependence on indoor environments and their inability to survive outdoors. Referred to as the “furniture cockroach,” the brown-banded species is found throughout households, occupying non-food areas such as bedrooms, spaces under chairs and tables, and behind pictures and other items on walls.

Brown-Banded Cockroach Habitat

Preferring warm environments, brown-banded cockroaches often inhabit elevated spaces such as closets or heat-producing appliances rather than staying close to the floor. These adept climbers are active both during the night and day. Female brown-banded cockroaches specifically seek warm, dim locations to affix their yellowish-brown egg capsules, displaying a preference for surfaces such as walls, ceilings, tables, bedding, or furniture. In terms of diet, these cockroaches consume a wide range of materials, including human food, starches, dyes, glue, books, stamps, and clothing.

Brown-Banded Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Brown-banded cockroaches, while not aggressive and non-biting, pose a significant threat due to their rapid reproduction. A single female is capable of producing up to 600 offspring in her lifetime. These roaches are carriers of at least 33 different types of bacteria, raising serious concerns for homeowners. As foragers, brown-banded cockroaches can act as spreaders of disease, depositing germs or bacteria in the areas they inhabit, potentially triggering asthma attacks in individuals sensitive to cockroach allergens. Brown-banded cockroaches are known to spread common pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella, leading to conditions such as gastroenteritis and diarrhea.

If you suspect a brown-banded cockroach infestation, seeking the assistance of professional cockroach exterminators at Inspect-All Pest Services is highly recommended.