Brown-Banded Cockroach


Actual Size: 5/16 to 5/8″

Characteristics:  Brown with much darker banding across the wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat:  Attracted to warm environments. Known for gathering in groups near heat-generating appliances like dryers or washing machines.


  • Are completely dependent upon human structures for food and shelter. 
  • A single female brown-banded cockroach can have 600 offspring in her lifetime.
  • Active both at night and during the day.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches in Anaheim

True to their name, brown-banded cockroaches are easily identified by the dark, pronounced bands of color on their wings. These roaches are common across the United States, including right here in Anaheim. Brown-banded cockroaches are a big problem for home and business owners, as these pests are obligatory domestic roaches that rely entirely on human habitats for survival. Unlike other species, brown-banded cockroaches don’t just congregate near food; they’re also referred to as “furniture cockroaches” because they often hide in bedrooms, beneath chairs, and behind wall hangings. 

Brown-Banded Cockroach Habitat

Brown-banded cockroaches are drawn to warm places. Since they are good climbers, they regularly hide in upper kitchen cabinets or in closets close to heat-generating appliances.  Before reproducing, females will search for a warm and dark place to lay their eggs. Many people discover these yellowish-brown egg capsules on walls, ceilings, furniture, or bedding. Brown-banded cockroaches are also scavengers who feed on a wide range of materials, from glue and stamps to clothing and human food. 

Brown-Banded Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Though brown-banded cockroaches are not known to be aggressive, they can be a serious problem for home and business owners. Thanks to their unsanitary foraging habits, they are vectors of disease and can contaminate foods or surfaces. These roaches are known for spreading over 33 types of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. For some people, cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks. 

In addition to all of those dangers, brown-banded cockroaches can produce at an alarmingly quick rate. A single female can produce over 600 young in less than a year. For that reason, it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of an infestation without help from a professional cockroach exterminator. If you are dealing with brown-banded cockroaches, contact an expert right away to protect your health and property.