Brown Banded Cockroach

The Brown Banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa), is one of the smallest species of invasive pest cockroaches, preferring a warmer, less humid habitat than the German cockroach.

Characteristics

Brown Banded cockroaches are a small species of cockroach. It is tan to light brown. It has two light-colored bands across the wings and abdomen, they may sometimes appear to be broken or irregular but are quite noticeable.

Life Cycle

Brown Banded cockroaches have three developmental stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Females produce an egg case (ootheca) which protrudes from the tip of the abdomen, containing an average of 10 – 18 eggs. After about 24 – 36 hours, the egg case is placed on a surface in a safe location.

Risk to Humans

The odorous secretions produced by Brown Banded cockroaches can alter the flavor of food. Also, if populations of cockroaches are high, there will be a strong concentration of this odorous secretion. Cockroaches can pick up disease-causing bacteria, such as Salmonella, on their legs and later deposit them on foods and cause food infections or poisoning.

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