Brown-banded Cockroach

Brown-banded Cockroach, Supella longipalpa (Serville)

Color: Brown, with pronounced banding across wings

Brownbanded Cockroach

Brownbanded Cockroach

Size: 1/2″ long
Legs: 6



Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. Male brown-banded roaches have full wings that reach beyond the tip of their pointed abdomens, but females have underdeveloped wings that prohibit them from flying. The brown-banded cockroach can live for about 206 days.


Brown-banded cockroaches can be found throughout structures, but show a preference for drier locations and warmer areas over 80 degrees. Brown-banded cockroaches often hide their egg cases in or under furniture.


Brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer higher locations than most cockroach species and are often found in upper cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms.