No matter how many subjects are being currently debated, the one thing, which almost everybody can agree on, is the fact that cockroaches are the most dreadful pests in the world.
They may be tinier than you, but they are capable enough of giving you asthmatic problems and other health issues. One such cockroach which you might find lurking around in your bedrooms and kitchens is the brown-banded cockroach. Do not fret if you were not aware of them earlier as we are here to guide you with it!
What Is A Brown Banded Cockroach?
The brown-banded cockroach, scientifically named as Supella Longipalpa, belongs to the family Ectobiidae and the genus Supella. These cockroaches may be found throughout the whole structure, primarily in drier and warmer locations. Their diet comprises of a wide variety of items such as decaying matter and glue or paste.
They are believed to spread as many as thirty-three kinds of disease-causing bacteria. This light brown roach tends to pick up germs and filth on its body and legs while crawling through grimy areas. It is not hard to imagine what happens when they linger near your food or kitchen slabs and cabinets!
What Do Brown Banded Cockroaches Look Like?
Denotatively named, the brown-banded roaches have two light-colored bands across their bodies, specifically athwart the wings and abdomen. They have six long and spiny legs like every cockroach species, which enables them to run swiftly on many kinds of surfaces. Other traits they share in common with distinct cockroach groups are oval bodies and two antennae.
Full-grown male banded-cockroaches possess a pair of wings reaching beyond the pointed ends of their abdomens. However, their female counterparts have underdeveloped wings, forbidding them from taking flight. They are colored tan to dark brown, with their size ranging from 10 to 14 millimeters. Their life span is of about 206 days.
Where Do Brown Banded Roaches Come From?
Brown-banded cockroaches are found widely throughout the United States of America; however, more commonly in the Northeastern, Midwest and Southern regions. Their usual hangout spots include apartments, hotels, houses, hospitals, and stores. They are even found in bedrooms and living rooms generally during the dark since they avoid daylight.
Brown Banded Cockroach vs. German Roaches
Brown-banded cockroaches and German cockroaches are, both, domestic cockroaches rarely found outside. The former ones are dark brown to light brown in color, having two light bands running across their wings and the abdomen area. The latter are either tan or light brown in color with two parallel stripes on either side of their bodies.
A congregation of German cockroaches is more likely to be found than that of brown-banded roaches as they, generally, do not cluster together. Brown bandits require less moisture as compared to the German ones. Both species are omnivores, the difference lies in their starch intake – brown-banded cockroaches prefer foods with higher starch content.
Brown Banded Cockroach vs. American Roaches
Red-colored with a yellowish “8” figure on the back of their heads, American cockroaches are easy to distinguish with brown-banded roaches, which are of a brownish color, in terms of appearance. Both species are abundantly located throughout the U.S.
American roaches are found predominantly in sewers, drains, and basements, mainly around pipes. On the other hand, brown-banded cockroaches have a strong preference for dry and warm areas at higher locations. For this reason, they are even found in rooms other than the kitchen and bathroom. However, American cockroaches are more common than brown bandits.
Brown Banded Cockroach Eggs
The eggs of a brown bandit are carried in an ootheca by it, or else known as an egg-case. Each capsule of eggs contains about 14 to 18 eggs, is 5 millimeters long, and is light brown in color. The female roach carries this capsule for nearly thirty hours before extruding the case and attaching it to a protected area.
They tend to prefer dry, warm and protected areas like walls, ceilings, and furniture. Hence, for this reason, these brown roaches are also referred to as “furniture roaches.”
Brown Banded Cockroach Poop
The poop or droppings of this small brown cockroach are the substantiations of its infestation. Brown-banded cockroaches frequently use their feces as a sign of communication with other roaches in that particular area, indicating a secure gathering spot to them. Their feces or droppings look like dark-brown or black smears.
The brown-banded roaches are a little less commonly witnessed than the American or German cockroaches but they do exist around to haunt you! They are the carrier of many parasitic worms and germs that can surely deteriorate your wellbeing. Therefore, make sure to get rid of them by using appropriate pesticides or your magical brooms!