Pest Identification

Learn More About the Pests Invading Your Home

Brown Banded Cockroach

How to exterminate them


The key to exterminating small roaches, like Brown Banded, is to kill the entire roach nest. If you see one roach, you most likely have at least 200 more in your home. If you just spray and kill the individual roaches that you see, you will continue to see roaches scampering around your home looking for food and water, and will most likely begin to see more of them and more frequently as they breed and the nest continues to grow. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Small Roach Baits in common areas where you see roaches and Combat® Source Kill Max Roach Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where roaches might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.


Where they live


Brown Banded Cockroaches can be found in the Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern United States. They live exclusively indoors. Brown Banded Cockroaches can be found in homes, apartments, hotels and offices. They are often transported in furniture and will quickly infest an entire building.


What they look like


Brown Banded Cockroaches are small; adults are approximately 1/2 inch long. They have two light yellow bands across their backs that are partially or fully hidden by the wings on adults.


Where they nest


Brown Banded Cockroaches prefer high locations. They are found on ceilings, high on walls, and behind picture frames. They require relatively little moisture and are often found outside of the kitchen and bathroom. They will nest in light switches, closets, furniture, and near motors of refrigerators or other appliances.


Steps to prevent an invasion


Brown Banded Cockroaches thrive with an abundance of food, water, and shelter. Limiting these resources makes it harder for them to infest. Reduce clutter, clean up food spills, keep food in tightly-sealed containers, don’t leave out pet food, and reduce water sources by repairing water leaks. Check items such as shipping boxes, school bags and grocery bags for cockroach hitchhikers before bringing them into your home.

Fact Sheet

  • Brown banded cockroaches are considered small roaches measuring to about 5/8 of an inch long
  • They received their name from the light yellow bands that are present on the wings of the adult and across the body of the young
  • Brown banded cockroaches feed on household items like books, envelopes, stamps, wallpaper, and draperies
  • They tend to avoid water and are more common in warmer, dryer climates
  • They are reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens
  • Brown banded cockroaches are usually nocturnal, or active primarily at night