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Brown-banded cockroach

Supella longipalpa
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
Itís a small cockroach that grows to about Ĺ inch long.

Itís dark in color with light transverse yellow bands that run from one side of the body to the other. These bands may be broken in some instances depending on age or variety. There may be coat variation from light to dark also depending on habitat and geographical location.

They are capable of flying especially when disturbed.

Females place their egg filled capsules and cement it on the underside of furniture and equipment. Females produce around 14 capsules during their lifetime. The eggs hatch between 50 -74 days.

Size : 1/2 inches
Shape : Oval
Color : Brown, with light bands of color across wings
Legs : 6
Wings : Yes
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Brown-banded cockroach
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Dictyoptera
Family : Blattellidae
Species : Supella longipalpa


Brown banded cockroaches prefer to eat starchy foods, such as wallpaper paste and book bindings. Sometimes theyíll eat non-organic things, like nylon stockings!

They prefer to eat organic food but will also feed on stored items like books and clothes in the absence of home made food.
These cockroaches are not dependent on moisture and can therefore tolerate much drier conditions. It will be found in stores, inside home equipment, bedrooms and even hiding in ceilings and attic.

They are nocturnal and only get out to feed at night.

They can live alongside German cockroaches and may not be easily distinguishable.
Store all food in closed containers.

Tightly cover your rubbish bin and empty it frequently.

Removing items from store and dusting them to remove the roaches. Fumigation and chemical application to kill the cockroaches.

Use pest management services incase of over infestation.

Inspect thoroughly furniture that is brought in the home and kill the roaches if detected.
Cause destruction of stored items like books and clothes.

Bring in irritants and allergens from their hiding places as well as from their shed skin.

They are not a pleasant sight and indicate disorganization and unhygienic conditions.
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