Species category: Cockroach
Scientific name: Supella longipalpa
Brown-banded cockroach is a small species of cockroach which grows about 10-14 mm long and is light chestnut brown to dark brown in colour. Both adults and nymphs have two brownish, broad bands across the body at the base of the abdomen and at mid-abdomen. They have thin long antenna and body size is similar to German cockroach.
Originated from Nile valley region of Africa and is now distributed worldwide.
Like other cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches can transmit disease causing organisms. In hospitals they may feed on body fluids thereby causing infections.
Brown banded cockroaches prefer warm and dry locations and it is common to find them hiding nearer the ceiling than the floor and away from water sources. The egg capsules are glued to surfaces in dark area usually along the roof regions of cabinets or cupboards.
Where to find them?
Brown banded cockroaches are commonly found in warm and dry locations like on the upper walls of cabinets, inside pantries, closets, dressers and furniture in general. They can also be found behind picture frames, beneath tables and chairs, inside clocks, radios, light switch plates and doorframes.