Brown Banded Cockroaches

Supella longipalpis

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Biology

Brown Banded Cockroaches, like their cockroach cousins, are aggressive scavengers who will eat almost anything. These cockroaches measure about 5/8 of an inch and their wings a marked with two brown-yellow bands. Preferring warm, dry areas these critters will seek our buildings for their homes, particularly in high locations or inside furniture.

The Brown Banded Cockroach is a nocturnal creature and adults live up to 10 months. Female Brown Banded Cockroaches will carry their egg capsules for 24 to 36 hours, then will attach it to the bottom or on the side of a protected surface. Each egg capsule carries an average of 18 eggs, and nymphs will mature in about 160 days.

Factoid

Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. ( Factoid Source: wikipedia)