Project Description

Brown Banded Cockroach

(Supella longipalpa)

Appearance
Brown, with lighter colored bands across their wings.

Size
Adults grow to be around 5/8 inch in length.

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Behavior
The Brown-banded cockroach can be a nuisance to humans. Their foods of choice include items like wallpaper and book bindings that have a starchy base. They have even been known to eat household items such as nylon stockings. Brown-banded cockroaches also leave clusters of egg capsules on furniture, window treatments, decorations, and shelves. Each capsule can contain as many as 16 eggs. Each female cockroach can produce up to 20 capsules during her lifetime.

Habitat
The Brown-banded cockroach favors locations that are warm, dry, and higher up. Unlike other species of cockroaches who are most often found in kitchens and pantries, Brown-banded cockroaches can often be found in every room in a home. They can live without a lot of water but avoid light as much as possible.