Brown Banded Cockroaches
Brown banded cockroaches are just one of many types of pest that can enter your home. The brown banded cockroaches get their name from the 2 light bands that go across their dark brownish bodies. Unlike other cockroaches, they thrive in high temperature locations. Generally, only active at night, they hide from the light. These cockroaches can spread disease, just like other cockroaches. If you see the signs of these pests, call Nashville Pest Control to get rid of them and help protect your family from the diseases they spread.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Brown banded are only about a ½ inch long, making them one of the smallest cockroaches, with an oval shape. They are brown with light bands across their wings, which is where their name comes from. They typically only live 5 – 6 ½ months. The males have larger wings than the females.
During their lifetime, the females can produce about 14 egg capsules which can contain 10 to 18 eggs in each capsule. The female will carry the capsule for about 24 hours and then hide it in or under furniture. Development can take 90 days in ideal conditions or longer than 200 in harsh environments.
Habitat and Behavior:
Brown banded cockroaches live in warm, dry, and high locations. They do not need moisture and avoid light as much as possible. When they enter the home, they can most commonly be found on ceilings, in attics, and near or even in appliance motors.
They are typically active at night, although they might search for food during the day.
They prefer to eat starchy foods, like book bindings, wallpaper glue, and stamps, but they will eat just about anything.
Level of Danger:
A brown banded cockroach infestation can pose a range of health risks. These cockroaches carry a variety of bacteria. They can also trigger asthma and allergies. Because of these health risks, if you think your home might be infested, it is important to call professionals to get rid of them for you.
Signs of Infestation:
Like other cockroaches, brown banded cockroaches can be identified by the droppings they leave behind. They are dark brown or black specks or smears. They use the fecal spots to communicate with each other. It signals there is a safe gathering place for other cockroaches nearby, which is why the droppings are normally found in places they hide.
Egg cases are normally hidden to the point where they will go unnoticed, but if they become dislodged, they may become visible.
There is not much you can do to prevent a brown banded cockroach infestation. When they do enter homes, they hide in hot, higher locations. The best way to prevent an infestation, is the same way to prevent infestations of other pests. Keeping a clean house, especially the kitchen and other places these pests hide, helps remove the food source and hiding places.
If your home is infested, call Nashville Pest Control. They can correctly identify the cockroach, which is key in getting rid of any pest that has entered your home.