Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-banded cockroach

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Key Identifying factors:

10 to 14 millimeters

Tan to light brown

Slender oval body

Brown-banded cockroaches have two light brown bands around their dark brown abdomen. Females have underdeveloped wings that do not  fully cover their body

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Brown-banded cockroaches, should I be concerned?

Potential health concerns
Brown-banded cockroaches are known to carry at least 33 different kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella.  They will contaminate your food, dishes, and prep areas by spreading bacteria that is being carried on their legs.

What happens if left ignored?
A Brown Banded Cockroach infestation will grow larger as the female continues to reproduce 14 times within her 130 – 315-day lifespan. Each egg capsule carrying an average of 10 to 18 eggs. As infestations grow, they can elicit allergies and increase chances of contamination.

Habitat
The Brown Banded Cockroach prefers dry warm conditions inside heated buildings. They are typically found higher up in bathroom and kitchen cupboards. They need warm temperatures for survival. The most common way that they get inside your home and business is in infested furniture, food products, and grocery items being brought in. Once inside they quickly find dark hiding places where they may spread to an entire structure as they travel throughout looking for nesting sites and food. 

Behaviour
When Brown-banded cockroaches are disturbed the male usually takes defense while the female runs away. They prefer warm dry locations that are closer to the ceiling rather than the floor. The female will carry their egg capsule for 1 or 2 days than attach it to a protected surface generally under furniture or appliances. They are active at night and avoid the light making infestations harder to detect. The young reach maturity at about 160 days.

Diet
The Brown Banded Cockroach are omnivores and will eat whatever they can find, if they cannot find food, they will eat adhesive off stationary books, wallpaper paste, drapes, trash, and nylon stockings. They will also consume each other when food is scarce. They do not require as much moisture as other cockroaches allowing them to live further away from water sources.

Key tips for prevention
Best tip for prevention is taking a proactive approach to keeping Brown-banded cockroaches from getting in and having the ability to spread quickly throughout your business or home.

Take the time to inspect items such as used furniture and groceries before bringing them in. Sealing areas that can be used for harbourage or travel routes such as pipe chases, cupboards, countertops and broken tiles inside your kitchen and bathroom. Keeping a hospital clean environment by regularly vacuuming cupboards out and underneath appliances, keeping garbage in a sealed container and cleaning up spills immediately will help to prevent and rapidly knockdown roaches if you do have them.

Caution for self-treatment
Brown-banded Cockroaches were built for survival. Improper treatment can cause them to spread to joining units or other parts of your home. Unless you are a trained technician you may not be able to tell how bad the infestation is causing early termination of the treatment program. Many store-bought insecticides have repellents in them causing cockroaches to avoid treated areas.

Hire a pest control specialist
A Brown-banded cockroach infestation poses many health risks. Because of their ability to quickly reproduce, their numbers can quickly get out of control. The best thing you can do is hire a professional pest control company to solve your cockroach problem. If you see Brown-banded cockroaches during the day this could be a sign you have a large infestation

Many do it yourself remedies will do little to tackle the cockroach population and can lead to recurrent infestations in your home or business. Depend on a reputable pest control company and get rid of your roach infestation. Call Integral Pest Services for expert advice and guaranteed results.

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