Brown-Banded Cockroach

Actual Size: 5/16 – 5/8″

Characteristics: Brown with pronounced banding across wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Congregate in warm areas, often in closets or heat-generating appliances


  • One female brown-banded cockroach can produce 600 young in her lifetime.
  • Entirely dependent on human habitats for survival.
  • Prefers higher elevations and often found in upper cabinets of kitchens and bathrooms.

Brown-banded Cockroaches in Nevada

Brown-banded cockroaches usually measure roughly ½” in size, and in color range from dark brown to a dark red. Both male and female brown-banded roaches possess wings, but only the males are capable of flying. Both genders have a light brown band that runs across the base of the wings. Brown-banded cockroach nymphs will take three to six months to develop. Unlike American or German cockroaches (who prefer to infest kitchen and bathroom areas), brown-banded roaches will infest any room inside of a house. This makes them more difficult to control.

Brown-banded Cockroach Habitat

Brown-banded cockroaches prefer warmth and tend to be found up and away from the floor in closets or in heat-generating appliances. They are also often called the furniture cockroach due to their preference for infesting  Brown-banded cockroaches are good climbers and can be active at night and during the day. Females seek out warm, dark places where they can attach their yellowish-brown egg capsules, and prefer walls, ceilings, tables, bedding or furniture. Brown-banded cockroaches feed on a variety of materials including human food, starches, dyes, glue, books, stamps and clothing.

Brown-banded Cockroach Behaviors & Dangers

Brown-banded cockroaches are not aggressive and do not bite. These roaches reproduce at an alarming rate and one female can produce up to 600 young in her lifetime. Brown-banded cockroaches are known to spread at least 33 different kinds of bacteria, making them a concern for any homeowner. Foraging cockroaches can be vectors of disease, depositing germs or bacteria in areas they inhabit and causing asthma attacks in some people sensitive to cockroach allergens. E. coli and Salmonella are both commonly spread by brown-banded cockroaches and can cause gastroenteritis and diarrhea.

If you think you have brown-banded cockroaches in your Las Vegas or Henderson home, always contact your local roach exterminators.