Pest Facts: Brownbanded Cockroaches

Brownbanded Cockroaches

Brownbanded Cockroaches (Supella longipalpa)

Color:Brown, with pronounced banding across wings
Legs:Six
Shape:Oval
Size:1/2"
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes

Brownbanded Cockroaches can be found in All 50 States

The brownbanded cockroach is one of the most successful roaches at invading homes and resists many forms of pest control.

Habits
Unlike many other cockroaches, the brownbanded cockroach does not need large amounts of moisture to survive. They will eat almost anything.

Habitat
The brownbanded cockroach is most prevalent in the southern states. Homes and businesses provide hundreds of places for this light shunning pest to hide. During the day, brownbanded cockroaches hide in any crack or crevice, including furniture, light switches, and household appliances.

Threats
Food is easily contaminated with bacterial disease by brownbanded cockroaches. Some people are allergic to them. They often snack on their hiding places, causing damage to electrical appliances, wallpaper and furniture.

Prevention
Do not allow any item with possible hiding places for brownbanded cockroaches into your home without a thorough inspection. Do not leave food or liquid out, including pet food. Clean your floors often. Once inside they spread quickly. Call a professional pest control agency immediately if you have brownbanded cockroaches.

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