Adult brown-banded cockroaches have wings, are about 5/8-inch-long, and are light brown to bright dark brown. The brown-banded cockroach is often mistaken for the German cockroach if it is not correctly identified. Males are able to flee. Nymphs and females are of a more wide shape while the male is very thin. The male wings cover the abdomen, while the female wings are short, exposing the abdomen.

Most cockroaches in North Carolina have a flattened, oval shape, thorny legs, and long filamentous antennae. The immature stages are smaller, have undeveloped wings and resemble adults. These cockroaches have two light transverse bands across the base of the wings and abdomen. These bands may appear irregular or broken but are usually quite obvious in nymphs and females.

brown banded roach

These insects feed on starchy materials and even non-food materials such as nylon stockings. These cockroaches are active at night with the nymphs and adults jump quickly when disturbed. These pests do not require as much moisture as German cockroaches and tend to avoid light. These colorful cockroaches were named after the transverse bands of light brown or tan that are present in the wings of the adult and throughout the body of the young, or nymphs.


The brown-banded roach tends to inhabit areas that are less humid and much warmer, with a temperature above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In structures, these insects are most often congregated in ceilings, in attics and in or around appliance motors. Active mainly during the night, the brown-banded cockroach can be seen wandering in search of food during the day.

Cockroaches of brown bands, like other cockroach species, are opportunistic feeders. However, when given an option, they have a preference for materials with a higher content of starch, such as book bindings, wallpaper glue, and stamps. They develop and live throughout the building, making control difficult. No room or furniture is immune to infestations, and one can find tiny, dark droppings and plaster skins in closets and shelves.

Cockroaches are commonly transported in furniture, luggage and other articles in homes, soon becoming annoying infestations in hot and humid conditions.

Elimination Or Control

Inner Spray

Spray the inside where you have seen the cockroaches, paying special attention to areas where there is water. This includes the refrigerator, air conditioner, dishwasher, freezer, garage, laundry, and all plumbing.


Powders allow you to apply products in areas where insects are more likely to hide, but where pets and humans are the least likely to come into contact. Using Delta Dust in gaps where cockroaches can hide or travel is an excellent pest management tool, killing many pests in areas where spraying is difficult or difficult to reach. Attics and/or trawl spaces with Delta Dust provide control for up to two years.

Recommended Products

Baits, Aerosols, Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’S), and Roach Traps.


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