Brown Banded Cockroaches
Brown banded cockroaches are a type of invasive cockroach species that are identified by their dark brown bodies with two distinct light brown bands. These bands can be seen across the wings of both adult and young cockroaches.
Brown-banded cockroaches seek refuge in residential spaces and can often be discovered in kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, and behind picture frames. They have an average lifespan of approximately 206 days, and despite being predominantly active at night, they can also be spotted during the day.
Adult German Cockroaches
Baby German Cockroaches Around Egg Case
Juvenile German Cockroaches
Brown banded cockroaches are characterized by their dark brown colour and two light brown bands on their bodies. Females are typically darker than males. These roaches usually reach a size of approximately 1.27cm when fully grown.
Male brown banded cockroaches have wings that extend beyond the pointed tip of their abdomen, while females have underdeveloped wings that prevent them from flying. In addition, these cockroaches have an oval shape, six legs, and two antennae.
The brown banded cockroaches have a life cycle that comprises three growth stages and starts with an egg. The female cockroach can lay 18 eggs in an egg capsule called an ootheca. The female carries the ootheca on her back for about one to three days and then sticks it in hidden areas on furniture, shelves, and ceilings.
The temperature significantly influences the life cycle of brown-banded cockroaches. The nymphs or baby cockroaches can take between 80 to 124 days to mature, depending on the temperature. Once they have reached maturity, they can survive for approximately 60 days.
The brown banded cockroach is a versatile creature that can adapt to various environments. They tend to thrive in warm and humid conditions and are known to inhabit multiple areas, such as furniture, electronics, and household appliances.
Brown- banded cockroaches are frequently found in areas with food sources, darkness, and warmth, making them adaptable to various environments. For example, they may inhabit areas below benchtops, where they can find food and warmth, or within small cracks and crevices of machines like coffee makers, toasters, dishwashers, tables, and chairs.
Dangers to Humans
Brown banded cockroaches can damage your food, invade your closets, and occupy your cabinets, as they feed on fabric and paper. They can also spread foodborne illnesses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making them a potential health hazard. Moreover, their moulted skin and droppings trigger allergic reactions.
Signs of an Infestation
Identifying a brown-banded cockroach infestation can be challenging, but their feces can clearly indicate their presence. You can typically spot their excrement as black specks or smears in areas where these pests commonly dwell.
Yellow egg cases may also be discovered in concealed areas of your home. Another indication of an infestation is the sighting of brown-banded cockroaches. If one of these roaches is found, there is a high likelihood that others are present on your property.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Although both male and female brown banded cockroaches possess wings, only the male ones are capable of flying. The wings of the male cockroaches are elongated and extend beyond the tip of their abdomen, which enables them to fly at a fast pace.
The shedding of the skin by the nymphs of brown- banded cockroaches can cause discomfort in individuals who are sensitive to allergens. It may result in symptoms such as itchy eyes and sneezing. Additionally, the droppings of these insects can also trigger allergic reactions.
Brown banded cockroaches seek warm temperatures to thrive, making them more likely to invade homes in search of a comfortable shelter. They can enter properties through infested furniture, food, groceries, or electronics. Typically, they are found in living areas with abundant food and hiding spots.