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Brown Banded Cockroaches

What are brown banded cockroaches?

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The brown banded cockroach received its name from the tan bands that cross their wings. This same banding is found on the bodies of adults, young cockroaches, or nymphs.

Female and male adult brown banded cockroaches have slightly different appearances.

Males grow to be about ½ an inch in length, are brown, and have fully developed wings that allow them to fly. 

Females are shorter than males and have a stockier body shape. They have wings, but they are not fully developed. Therefore, females cannot fly.

These pests are common in the Northeastern, Southern, and Midwest regions of the U.S.

Are brown banded cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, brown banded cockroaches can be a dangerous species of pest to have invading your Middle Tennessee home.  If untreated, their numbers can grow and they carry and spread a variety of dangerous diseases and bacteria that can make people quite ill. E. coli and Salmonella are both commonly spread by brown banded cockroaches and can cause gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Also, as brown banded cockroaches live in your home they shed their skin and leave behind their feces⁠—both can trigger serious asthma and allergy attacks in some people.

Why do I have a brown banded cockroach problem?

Brown banded cockroaches often enter homes and other structures while in search of food and shelter. Brown banded cockroaches prefer dry, very warm environments (greater than 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Inside buildings, these cockroaches can be found living above ceilings, in attics, behind walls, and in or very near large appliances with motors. Brown banded cockroaches are mainly active at night and feed on basically anything they come across; but they really love foods high in starch and can often be found feeding on wallpaper, book bindings, stamps, and the like.

How do I get rid of brown banded cockroaches?

Brown banded cockroaches are a difficult pest to get rid of because they breed quickly and hide in hard to reach areas of your home. At All-American Pest Control, we can help to eliminate brown banded cockroaches and other common household pests from your home through our home pest control services or our green pest control solutions. All-American Pest Control also offers cockroach control solutions for commercial establishments. For more information on how we can eliminate brown banded cockroaches from your home or business, call us today.


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Can I do it myself?

Trying to get rid of any species of cockroach is very tiresome. DIY products can be confusing to use, and if they are not mixed or placed properly, they can be very dangerous for you and your family to be around. DIY cockroach control also can’t help you to identify changes that should be made around your home and property to prevent future problems with brown banded cockroaches.  The fastest and most effective way to get rid of brown banded cockroaches is to get help from a cockroach control expert. If brown banded cockroaches have infested your property, contact All-American Pest Control today.

Why choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort, and commitment it takes to solve your brown banded cockroach problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive quality service, serious commitment, thorough treatments, and follow-up from our trained experts.

How can I prevent a problem with brown banded cockroaches in the future?

Along with putting in place a year-round pest control program; there are a few things you can do to help prevent a problem with brown banded cockroaches. Make sure to always inspect used appliances or furniture for signs of cockroaches before introducing them into your home. You should also always inspect packages for cockroaches before bringing them home. Inspect the exterior of your home and seal cracks in the foundation and caulk gaps found around windows and doors. Keep trash in tightly sealed containers away from the outside of your home until trash pick-up day. Inside, keep food in the refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers, make sure to do the dishes routinely and wipe down counters, and try to keep clutter to a minimum.


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