Brown Banded Cockroach


Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. Male brown-banded roaches have full wings that reach beyond the tip of their pointed abdomens, but females have underdeveloped wings that prohibit them from flying. The brown-banded cockroach can live for about 206 days.
Brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer higher locations than most cockroach species and are often found in upper cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms.

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Biology & Behavior

Brown banded cockroaches are slightly smaller than the German cockroach and are the smallest cockroach found in Utah, brown banded cockroaches vary from light tan to glossy dark brown in color. The adult stages are marked with two light colored bands at the base of the wings. Brown banded cockroaches usually secure their egg capsules to surfaces in dark areas such as cabinets, chairs, boxes, drawers, and high areas of building. This is why the eggs are easily transported to new buildings.​​ ​Females produce about 14 capsules during their lifetime, averaging 18 eggs in each capsule. Eggs hatch in about 50 to 75 days. The adult female may typically live about 200 days. Brown banded cockroaches tend to scatter thoroughly throughout a building. They prefer areas with temperatures of 80 degrees or higher. Brown banded cockroaches tend to occur more often in homes, apartments, hotels, and hospitals than in stores or restaurants.



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