What are brown-banded cockroaches?

Brown-banded cockroaches are named for the tan bands formed across their wings. This banding is found on these roaches regardless of their age and is thus noticeable on adults, young cockroaches, and even nymphs. Female and male adult brown-banded cockroaches have slightly different appearances. Males grow to be about 1/2 of an inch in length, are brown, and have fully developed wings that allow them to fly. Females are shorter with a stockier body shape. Females have wings, but they are not fully developed for flight.


brown banded cockroach inside an egg carton

Are brown-banded cockroaches dangerous?

Like their cousins, brown-banded cockroaches are a dangerous species of pest that carry and spread a variety of harmful diseases and bacteria that can make people ill. Examples of pathogens they spread include E. coli and Salmonella.

They can also cause gastroenteritis and diarrhea in humans. Biological elements they leave behind such as shed skin and feces can trigger serious asthma and allergy attacks in some people.

Why do I have a brown-banded cockroach problem?

Brown-banded cockroaches can be found across Tom Green County but are most common in the Northeastern, Southern, and Midwest regions of the country. They often enter homes and other structures while in search of food and shelter. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer dry, warm environments to live and nest, and can get pushed indoors due to the humidity of summer or the cold temperatures of winter.

Inside buildings, these cockroaches can be found living above ceilings, in attics, behind walls, and near large appliances with motors. Brown-banded cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and prefer foods high in starch. They often feed on wallpaper, book bindings, stamps, and other items that contain glue.

How do I get rid of brown-banded cockroaches?

Brown-banded cockroaches are difficult to treat and dangerous to any home they infest. If you know or think you have a brown-banded cockroach infestation, don’t hesitate to contact the professional roach killers at Pestmaster® Services for help. Reach out to us today for more information on how we can eliminate brown-banded cockroaches from your business or home in Tom Green County.