Brown Banded Cockroach Guide [Diet, Size, Bite, Eggs, Baby, Droppings]

Brown Banded Cockroach

The brown banded cockroach is a common pest in many homes. Today, we shall show you how to identify their baby, eggs, bite, size, droppings and how to control their spread!

Brown Banded Cockroach Guide [Diet, Size, Bite, Eggs, Baby, Droppings]

Latin Name

Supella longipalpa

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  • Appearance

What do they look like?

Size: The adults of these small invasive roaches can reach 11 to 14.5 mm in length.

Color: As expected, their color is tan transverse or light brown. It’s no wonder they’re called brown banded roaches.

If you look closely you will see a light brown or tan transverse bands that are evident on the wings of adults and across the body of nymphs, or any brown banded cockroach baby.

  • Housing

One common fact is that brown-banded roaches prefer warm and dry places and can be found in closets, pantries, and inside cabinets.

Refrigerators, motor housings and electronic equipment’s are also places you will find these insects. They generally are do not like water and can hide from plain sight in other places such as picture frames and clocks.

Check your ceilings if you will find any there too.

  • Night Creatures

These creatures are nocturnal but can be seen running around in search of food during the day.

  • Diet

What do they eat?

Like other species of roaches, brown-banded bug are opportunistic feeders. That means they will prefer you make food for them rather than hunting their own.

In absence of human food, they can opt for materials rich in starch. Example of such materials include stamps, wallpaper glue, books and clothes.

  • Life Cycle

Once matured, an adult brown-cockroach can live anywhere between 130-150 days, with an average life span of 206 days. During which, a female brown-banded roach will produce around 14 egg pothecas or egg capsules, all through her lifetime.

Each ootheca produces contains approximately 10-18 eggs, and will be carried around by her for 24 to 36 hours, and then she will attach it to the protected underside of a surface until the young hatch. Once the young hatch, the time needed to develop varies greatly depending upon the environmental conditions, ranging from as few as 90 days in ideal conditions or as many as 276 in harsher environments.

  • Brown Banded Cockroach Baby (Nymphs) – How many?

Brown-banded roaches experience an incomplete metamorphosis and have 3 developmental stages in their life cycle namely:

  • Egg
  • Nymph
  • Adult

A “baby roach” refers to a smaller version of an adult roach also known as nymphs.

  • Brown Banded Cockroach Eggs Capsule

It is 5mm in size, is small and may go unnoticed if attached within cracks or in protective places. But, once these cases become dislodged, especially after hatching, the tan egg cases may become visible.

Brown Banded Cockroach

How Did I Get Brown-Banded Cockroaches Infestation?

These roaches require warm temperatures to survive. Because of that, they are often seen entering through most homes via openings in their bid to seek out shelter,

The more common ways you can have an infestation on your hands is via food products, furniture, electronics and grocery items that are brought into the house.

Living areas with adequate access to food and lots of hiding spots are most loved by brown-banded cockroaches.

How Serious Are Brown-Banded Cockroaches?

Brown-banded roaches will feed on almost everything edible. Their meals range from pantry goods to trash to diapers, wallpaper, drapes, stockings, and plastic bags.

Brown-banded cockroach infestations can be a pain in the neck since these insects reproduce really fast and carry germs and bacteria.

These harmful protozoa and bacteria they carry around is a cause for diarrhea. Even worse, roaches indoor have been known to cause gastroenteritis, allergies and asthma.

Lastly, they can transfer and contaminate your foods causing food poisoning and dysentery. Other places they like to visit include food preparation surfaces and cooking utensils. Basically, wherever there is food, you are bound to see these small pests there.

How Get Rid of Brown-Banded Roaches

Identification of species is the basic step to ridding yourself of pests. The techniques used to manage one species might not prove to be as effective as tackling another specie. So, we recommend contacting your local pest control professional who can inspect an infestation.

Development from Eggs

In summary:

Female brown-banded cockroaches:

  • Carry an ootheca containing between 14-18 eggs.
  • Produce and carry approximately 14 egg cases during their adult life, with each egg case containing approximately 14-17 individual eggs.
  • Extrude the egg capsule when ready and attach it in a protected area using a cement-like substance that “glues” the egg capsule in place.

When incubation period is over, between 12-14 of the eggs in the ootheca will hatch and become baby roaches or nymphs.

Once the egg is hatched, roaches nymphs come out of these egg containers and go through series of molts within a 2 month timeframe before becoming mature adults.

Baby banded roaches cannot reproduce and lack wings, But, they are fast and will move around in search for sources of shelter and food. Nymphs eat the same foods and seek similar or the same protective harborage sites as adults.

Signs of a Brown-Banded Cockroach Infestation

  • Primarily Nocturnal

Brown-banded cockroaches are typically night insects. But, they can be seen during the day searching for their next meals, or scurrying away from the light when a cabinet door or drawer is opened.

  • Brown banded cockroach Droppings

Light brown-banded cockroach infestation can generally be identified by the poop they leave behind. Many a time, they are found in areas where their droppings are mostly seen.

The banded roach droppings look like black smears, specks or dark brown. These fecal sites are frequently visited by other brown-banded roaches in the area. It’s like a “community-calling” for other roaches,

Where are they in My Room?

We advise you check the the crown molding of ceilings, behind pictures mounted high on a wall, and even around ceiling light fixtures.

Brown Banded Roach Bite

They seldom bite humans but will bite you while you sleep if they are really hungry. Their bites leaves a smallish reddish on the skin.