Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-Banded Cockroach

  • Color : Brown with dark bands across the wings
  • Size: 1/2
  • Legs: 6
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Shape: Oval
  • Region: U.S.

This invasive pest traveled to Florida from Cuba in 1903. Named for the two dark bands across their bodies, these bands are more prominent in the nymph stage of insect development.

They take shelter in your home’s kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, and behind picture frames often going undetected and breeding at an alarming rate.

Signs of a Brown-Banded Cockroach Infestation

Since the Brown-Banded Cockroach is known to infiltrate homes and live near moisture-rich areas (kitchens & bathrooms) it is important to look for tell-tale signs of an infestation.


The main indicator of the presence of the brown-banded cockroach is its droppings. These droppings look like black specks or smears found in areas this roach spends its time (cabinets, ceiling light fixtures, and behind picture frames.)

Egg Cases

Yellowish egg cases, less than 5mm long, can often be found under furniture. Sometimes you can see the tiny embryos inside the egg. Females will lay these egg capsules 14 times over their 206-day life span. Each egg capsule contains between 10-18 eggs.


If you see one, there are more nearby. It is important to have an inspection performed as soon as possible to prevent an infestation.

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Habits of Brown-Banded Cockroaches

These nocturnal species prefer to travel under the cover of darkness, but can be seen on the move during the day.

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