Brownbanded Cockroach

Brownbanded Cockroach

The Brownbanded cockroach is not commonly found in Florida. However, individuals may be located in or around buildings, behind pictures, or other dry places not normally occupied by the German cockroach. They typically prefer warm areas such as radios, televisions, and appliances. They are about ½-inch length at full maturity. The adult males are golden brown with a narrow body while the females are more of a chestnut brown and have a teardrop shape. Both males and females have distinct horizontal bands across their abdomens.

Brownbanded cockroaches very much prefer the warmer climates to reproduce. The majority of their reproduction is completed in the summer months. Females carry their egg capsules for a couple days before attaching them to hidden vertical surfaces. They often glue their egg capsules in clusters on furniture or in appliances. The eggs require about 2 ½ months to incubate and about 6 months to reach maturity. Adult males can readily fly if disturbed but the females do not fly.