The Brown-Banded Cockroach
The brown-banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa), also known as the striped cockroach, is a cockroach characterized by the two light brown stripes that cross its abdomen. Fully grown, a brown-banded cockroach measures between 10 and 14 mm. Unlike the German specie, brown-banded cockroaches don’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 other cockroach species, 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.
The fertilized female produces eggs that are contained in its abdomen for a period of 24 to 36 hours. It 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.