Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter
bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. Male
brown-banded roaches have full wings that reach beyond the tip of
their pointed abdomens, but females have underdeveloped wings that
prohibit them from flying. The brown-banded cockroach can live for
about 206 days.
Brown-banded cockroaches can be found throughout structures, but
show a preference for drier locations and warmer areas over 80
degrees. Brown-banded cockroaches often hide their egg cases in or
Brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer higher locations than
most cockroach species and are often found in upper cabinets in
kitchens and bathrooms.
Brown-branded roaches have been reported to spread at least 33
kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven
other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the
spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying
matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food
surfaces. Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach
allergens cause allergies and exacerbate asthma attacks, especially
in children. And brown-banded cockroaches have been identified as a
species of roach that can cause such reactions.