Brown-banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)

This rarely encountered cockroach species is similar in appearance to the German cockroach but its habits are much different.

They are light to dark brown in color and about ½ to 5/8 inch in length. They have two light colored bands along their wings and abdomen, whereas the German cockroach has two dark, distinctive bands behind their head.

Unlike the German cockroach, this species prefers hot, dry areas and can be found anywhere in a building or home. They are often found in bedrooms and living rooms, infesting furniture, behind picture frames, or on ceilings. Males have wings that cover the abdomen and will readily fly when disturbed. Their diet includes starchy non-food items such as wall paper paste and book bindings.

Female Brown-banded cockroaches carry between 14 and 18 eggs in an external egg case. In two months the young develop into adults. Adults can live up to ten months, and a single females can produce approximately 14 egg cases or 250 offspring in her lifetime.

Control of this cockroach can be challenging, so it is advisable to hire a pest control professional for proper identification and treatment.

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