The Brown-Banded Cockroach
The Brown-banded cockroach, is a small species of cockroach; measuring approximately 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long. It is most often tan to light brown, and has two light-colored bands; running across the wings and abdomen.
The Brown-banded cockroach has a fairly wide distribution, commonly found in the northeastern, southern, and midwest regions of the United States. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer warm and dry locations, such as near refrigerators, on the upper walls of cabinets, inside pantries, closets and furniture. Requiring far less moisture than the German cockroach, they tend to be more widely distributed throughout the home; including occupations in living rooms and bedrooms.
The Brown-banded cockroach feeds on a wide variety of materials. Similar to other members of the cockroach species, it regularly consumes materials like glue or paste, starch and certain color dyes. This species has also been known to chew on non-food materials, such as nylon stockings; presumably for the residues of body oils and skin flakes.
Brown-banded cockroaches, can conceal themselves in places that are not accessible to larger species, making structural modifications; an important part of an effective cockroach control strategy.