Brown-Banded Cockroach


Actual Size: 5/16 – 5/8″

Characteristics: Brown with pronounced banding across wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

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


  • Often mistaken for German roaches
  • Lives indoors, completely dependent on human habitats for survival
  • Prefers higher elevations and often found in upper cabinets of kitchens and bathrooms

Brown-Banded Cockroaches in Knoxville TN

Brown-banded cockroaches are often confused for German roaches but are named for the pronounced bands of color across the wings. They are found in large numbers 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. These cockroaches can contaminate food products with their bodies or their waste products; they may also leave a foul odor in areas where the infestation has taken place. In Knoxville, the brown-banded cockroach is thought to be present in most states and lives in buildings that maintain relatively high temperatures. Brown-banded cockroaches feed on a variety of materials including human food, starches, dyes, glue, books, stamps and clothing.

Brown-Banded Cockroach Environment

Brown-banded cockroaches prefer warmth and tend to be found up and away from the floor in closets or in heat-generating appliances. Brown-banded cockroaches are good climbers and can be active at night and during the day. Females seek out warm, dark places where they can attach their yellowish-brown egg capsules, and prefer walls, ceilings, tables, bedding or furniture. In fact, 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 Habits & Dangers

Brown-banded cockroaches are not aggressive and do not bite. 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. Always contact a professional cockroach exterminator for help getting rid of these roaches.