Brown-banded Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2″

Characteristics: Range in color from dark brown to dark red and possess wings.


  • More likely to infest private residential homes or multi-family units than commercial buildings.
  • Are known to infest any area inside of a home.
  • While their populations don’t grow to the numbers other species do, they are still a nuisance inside any property.


Both male and female brown-banded roaches possess wings, but only the males are capable of flying. Both genders have a light brown band that runs across the base of the wings. Brown-banded cockroach nymphs will take three to six months to develop. Unlike American or German cockroaches (who prefer to infest kitchen and bathroom areas), brown-banded roaches will infest any room inside of a house. This makes them more difficult to control.

Brown Banded Cockroach Habits

Banded Cockroaches will be found in large number in restaurants, multifamily housing structures, residential homes, and hospitals. Brown-banded roaches are more likely to infest private residential homes or multifamily housing structures than in commercial settings, but once inside will not discriminate between types of rooms. Cockroaches can contaminate food products with their bodies or their waste products; they may also leave a disturbing odor in areas where infestation has taken place. Foraging cockroaches can also be vectors of disease, depositing germs or bacteria in areas that they infest and causing attacks of asthma in some people prone to reactions to cockroaches.

Preventing Oriental Cockroaches

Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers, meaning they’ll eat pretty much anything they can find. They prefer meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods, all of which can be found in food preparation and waste disposal areas. As with most pests, your best bet for roach control is to keep these areas clean and clear to eliminate the roaches’ food source. However, you shouldn’t wait too long to address a potential infestation before it gets out of hand. Homeowners and business owners should consider calling the professionals at Russell’s Pest Control as soon as possible to make sure the situation is handled quickly and effectively.

Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are covered under Russell’s Pest Control ’s year-round pest control program, which helps keep your home and property protected against 36 common pests. When you schedule service for roach control, you don’t need to cover any areas or make any special arrangements for early or late-night appointments. We will send out an expert pest control technician to do the following:

  • Determine the type of cockroach
  • Discreetly apply bait gels and other materials in roach vulnerable areas
  • Seal small holes or crevices if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Continue to service your account weekly until the infestation is solved
  • Place “sticky traps” to monitor further activity
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facility from further infestations

If you see one cockroach in your home or business, chances are they’re not alone. Don’t wait too long to act and risk a cockroach infestation. Contact Russell’s Pest Control today, and we’ll respond with quick, effective roach control service that respects your time and budget.