Amongst the hundreds of species of cockroaches, one of the pests that you will most likely see is the brown banded cockroach. This small species only grows to be around 5/8 of an inch long and is tan in color with some being light brown. You’ll see a two tone contrast that goes across the wings and the abdomen and can seem somewhat of a dividing line on the body. They have wings that are of two lengths, one that covers the abdominal area and ones that don’t. The female will have wings that do not cover the complete body. The males are more slender than the female, which is quite interesting to note.
Amongst the most common pests that you’ll find, the brown banded cockroach is one that is most common throughout the world. It is found throughout the United States, Europe, and have recently been spotted in low moisture areas. They are similar in distinction to the German cockroach, which can thrive in low moisture areas; only the brown banded one can go into climates with even less moisture than the others.
You will find this insect in the home throughout living areas not just near food. If you have a wide distribution of sightings, you will know that you have this infested in the home. They will not be found during the day, as they are night crawlers, avoiding the lights most often. If you turn on a light in the twilight hours you will find that they scurry quite fast away from the light as they are sensitive to it.
These scavengers are resilient, as they will eat just about anything. They are scavengers and will eat both organic and non-organic things, even decaying, rotting options. They will even feed on bodily fluids, according to many hospitals that have been infested.
Much like other infested areas, many will try to go to the hardware store and simply spray and bait the areas in the home that require help, but this will prove to be hard to keep up with. Unless you’re hyper vigilant, the common over the counter methodologies won’t work in the long term and you will end up spending a lot more money than you need to.
If you’re concerned with these in the home, it’s best to call a professional to help you. When you call an exterminator they will be able to spread both spray pesticides and dust to make sure that both male and females die, alongside any eggs that might hatch. Due to the fact that these can be spread out through the home, several areas will need to be sprayed and taken care of.
It’s important to call a professional as soon as you see these in the home. They carry no less than 33 kinds of bacteria that can infect human beings and cross contaminate with a variety of other problems. If you have health issues associated with the brown banded cockroach seek medical attention immediately.
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