Of all the thousands of kinds of roaches on the planet, only a couple of dozen are really considered "pests", and in the United States it may dwindle down to perhaps only a dozen or so. The Brown Banded Cockroach happens to be one of those dozen species that infest homes in the U.S. and are considered a serious pest. These insects also present humans with severe health threats, either from the disease organisms they carry on their bodies or from the allergies they create in people, particularly in children. As creatures of habit cockroaches are programmed to avoid light by hiding in dark cracks and hollow voids during the daytime, and we generously provide hundreds of these possible hiding places in our structures. This highly adaptable species prefers starchy materials but as true scavengers they will eat just about anything food and non-food related just to survive. These behaviors explain why they have existed on the planet for over 300 million years!
The Brown-banded Cockroach is a less commonly encountered species but are easily able to live in any room in the house due to its lower need for water. They prefer warmer climates but are quite adaptable to all climates. Typically they enter dwellings with furniture and other items that are brought in. They are routinely misidentified and mistaken as a German Cockroach. The female cockroach will only carry the egg capsule for 1-2 days then attach it to a protected surface. This capsule contains 14-18 eggs, the young reach maturity in about 160 days. You can find these light brown egg capsules usually glued under or to the sides of a surface or well protected area. They are not as commonly found in they kitchen and bathrooms, as the German Roach, but can be found near refrigerator motors and other major appliances. They are routinely found behind pictures, in closets, and around furniture. They are rarely seen during the day and may fly. They prefer dry and warm places and may be scattered throughout the structure.
EHS service specialists are experts at identification, inspection, and control of this challenging pest. We will create a customized program so you have the peace of mind knowing that these pests will no longer be an issue in your dwelling.