Brown-Banded Cockroach


Actual Size: 5/16 – 5/8″

Characteristics: Brown with pronounced banding across wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Congregate in warm areas, often in closets or heat-generating appliances.


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

Brown-Banded Cockroaches in Bristol

The name “brown-banded” cockroach comes from the pronounced bands of color across the wings of adults and bodies of nymphs. In North America, the brown-banded cockroach is thought to be present in most states and lives in buildings that maintain relatively high temperatures. This cockroach is similar to the German cockroach with its small size and body shape but can be distinguished by its lack of two dark stripes.

The brown-banded roach is a domestic roach, which means they do not live outside and rely solely on conditions created in our homes and buildings for survival. Brown-banded cockroaches feed on a variety of materials including human food, starches, dyes, glue, books, stamps, and clothing.

Brown-Banded Cockroach Habitat

Brown-banded roaches prefer warm weather and are usually in areas of the home that are up and away from the floor in closets. They also are often near heat-generating appliances. They are good climbers and, unlike many roaches, are active at night and during the day. When females go to lay their eggs, they will seek out dark areas. They usually prefer walls, ceilings, tables, bedding, furniture, and more. The brown-banded cockroach is sometimes referred to as the “furniture cockroach” because it is distributed evenly throughout households, including non-food locations, such as bedrooms, under chairs and tables, and behind pictures and other objects on walls.

Brown-Banded Cockroach Behaviors & Dangers

Brown-banded cockroaches are not aggressive roaches and do not bite. In fact, they actually will avoid people at all costs. These roaches reproduce at an alarming rate and one female can produce up to 600 young in her lifetime. Brown-banded cockroaches are known to spread at least 33 different kinds of bacteria, making them a concern for any homeowner. Foraging cockroaches can be vectors of disease, depositing germs or bacteria in areas they inhabit and causing asthma attacks in some people sensitive to cockroach allergens. E. coli and Salmonella are both commonly spread by brown-banded cockroaches and can cause gastroenteritis and diarrhea.

If you suspect a brown-banded cockroach infestation, contact a professional cockroach exterminator for help.