Brown Banded Cockroach, Supella longipalpa

CharacteristicsBrown-banded Cockroach

  • Light gold to glossy dark brown coloration
  • Bodies are ¬Ĺ to 5/8 inches in length
  • Yellow bands transverse across the base of the wings and abdomen
  • Males: Wings cover abdomens
  • Females: Wings are shorter than the body
  • Yellow bands across back more pronounced on nymphs than adults

Where Found

Are more apt to be found in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, nursing homes and hospitals than in restaurants, grocery stores and other commercial establishments. Prefer starchy foods and appear to have lower water requirements than other cockroaches. They occupy drier locations within a building. Nymphs and adults frequently are found on ceilings in dark or dimly lit rooms, behind picture frames, in light switches, in upper walls of cabinets and closets, or on underside of furniture and inside upholstered furniture.