The Brown-Banded Cockroach
The brown-banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa), also known as the striped cockroach, is a cockroach characterized by the two light-coloured stripes that cross its abdomen. Fully grown, a brown-banded cockroach measures between 10 and 14 mm. Unlike the German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach doesn’t specifically seek out a very humid living environment. It will settle for finding shelter in your furniture or cabinets.
The lifestyle of the brown-banded cockroach
The brown-banded cockroach doesn’t seek out a humid living environment like the German cockroach or the American cockroach, which means that its presence isn’t necessarily restricted to the kitchen or a humid bathroom. It prefers a warm and dry environment between 25 and 30 °C and may therefore settle in furniture, near appliances, or in cracks.
Organic residue is the basis of the brown-banded cockroach’s diet. It’s therefore omnivorous and feeds on food residue, organic matter, the starch contained in paper, and various waste.
The fertilized female produces eggs that are contained in its abdomen for a period of 24 to 36 hours. The brown-banded cockroach lays its eggs on different surfaces in its environment. A litter contains about 20 eggs. The incubation period ranges from 40 to 100 days. The pupae reach maturity in two to six months.
The risks associated with brown-banded cockroaches
Due to the nature of its diet, the brown-banded cockroach carries pathogens from organic residue. These bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella bacteria, can easily be transferred to food if the cockroach comes into contact with it. The cockroach also leaves its droppings on the food with which it comes into contact. That’s why the consumption of this food by humans can cause gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and other intestinal infections. At the first signs of an infestation of brown-banded cockroaches, a common cockroach in Quebec, act fast to get rid of them. Our team of specialists has a solution if brown-banded cockroaches have settled in your home!