Brown-Banded Cockroach


Actual Size: 5/16 to 5/8″

Characteristics: Brown in color with a distinctive band across the wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Drawn to warm and damp areas. When indoors, they are often found near heat-producing appliances such as dishwashers or laundry machines.


  • Rely on human structures for food and shelter.
  • A single female can produce 600 young in her lifetime.
  • Prefers to stay up high in upper cabinets and other tall hiding spaces.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches in Memphis TN Metro Area

The name “brown-banded cockroach” derives from the noticeable bands of color found on the wings of adult cockroaches and bodies of young ones. In North America, this type of cockroach is believed to be present in most states and tends to inhabit buildings that maintain relatively high temperatures. While the brown-banded cockroach shares similarities with the German cockroach in terms of small size and body shape, it can be distinguished by the absence of two dark stripes.

Both the brown-banded and German cockroaches are classified as obligatory domestic roaches, meaning they do not live outdoors and rely solely on the conditions created within our homes and buildings to survive. The brown-banded cockroach is sometimes referred to as the “furniture cockroach” because it can be found evenly distributed throughout households, including non-food areas such as bedrooms, underneath chairs and tables, and behind pictures and other objects on walls.

Brown-Banded Cockroach Habitat

Brown-banded cockroaches have a preference for warmth and are often discovered in elevated areas, away from the floor, such as closets or heat-generating appliances. They are skilled climbers and can be active both during the night and the day. Female brown-banded cockroaches search for warm and dark locations to attach their yellowish-brown egg capsules. They typically choose walls, ceilings, tables, bedding, or furniture for this purpose. These cockroaches feed on various substances, including human food, starches, dyes, glue, books, stamps, and clothing.

Brown-Banded Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Brown-banded cockroaches are not aggressive and do not bite. However, their reproduction rate is alarming, with a single female capable of producing up to 600 offspring during her lifetime. These cockroaches are known carriers of at least 33 different types of bacteria, making them a concern for homeowners. Foraging brown-banded cockroaches can transmit germs and bacteria, thereby potentially spreading diseases. Individuals sensitive to cockroach allergens may experience asthma attacks as a result. Commonly, brown-banded cockroaches are associated with the transmission of E. coli and Salmonella, which can lead to gastroenteritis and diarrhea.

If you suspect a brown-banded cockroach infestation, contact a professional cockroach exterminator for help.