An ugly Brown Banded Roach!

The Brown Banded Roach

The Brown Banded Roach is a pest  that infests a structure similar to a German Cockroach. They should be identified correctly in order to be treated properly with the right chemicals labeled for the pest.

They are a nasty pest that can carry bacteria and have been known to cause asthma conditions within small children. These allergies are caused by a buildup of their fecal droppings or dead carcasses.

Identifying the Brown Banded Roach

The Brown Banded Roach is about a ½ an inch in length. They are brown in color with two lighter colored bands that run across the base of the wings and the abdomen.

They can be found in warm, dry areas throughout a structure. They glue their egg capsules to objects such as furniture. They also have fully developed wings and the males are ready flyers when disturbed.

Thought they are the same size as the German Cockroach you can identify the Brown Banded Roach by the light colored bands as the German Cockroach are dark colored strips.

They can be found in some of the same areas as the German Cockroach such as cabinets, freezer motor areas where it’s warm, microwaves, dressers, etc.

Controlling the Brown Banded Roach

As with any pest issue, sanitation is a big must! Cleaning up after a milk spill, don’t leave food sitting around, empty trash cans regularly; things such as these are food sources and a way for the pest to transmit diseases.

Getting rid of their food sources helps aid in the control of the Brown Banded Roach. Areas such as stacked books, book cases, dressers full of junk, and card board boxes piled up are some of the harborage areas that should be kept neat and clean.

Baiting is a great tool to use for the Brown Banded Roach control around areas such as electrical appliances where residual sprays cannot be applied such as freezer areas, microwave areas, light receptacles, etc.

There are different types of baits to choose from such as gel bait, bait stations, and granular baits. Dusts are also another good tool to help control the Brown Banded Roach.

Dusts can be used for areas that are hard to access where they migrate such as wall voids, under cabinets, etc; areas in which the label permits you to treat. Dusts have a bad tendency to drift off target at times and are hard to control where you want them to be applied.

Some dusts are heavier than others and want drift quite so bad but do have the tendency to be applied too heavy. Dusts should be applied lightly.

If applied too heavy they act as a deterrent and will not benefit you in any way. The pest should not know the dusts are there so they will crawl through it.

That’s why it should be applied lightly. Some people think more is better, but not always. Residual spray can be used in control of the Brown Banded Roach.

They can be applied to cracks and crevices in areas according to the label. There are several to choose, from microencapsulated to emusifiable concentrates.

Always read the label and follow directions when applying any kind of pesticide when controlling the Brown Banded Roach or any other pest.

Brown Banded Roach


Problems with the Oriental Cockroach?

The Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental Cockroach is a really nasty pest that you do not desire to move into your home. Roaches carry diseases but this one can cause health issues such as diarrhea, asthma, etc. If untreated you could have a health hazard. These roaches are sometimes called a water bug because of its size and the need to thrive in damp areas.

Identifying the Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental Cockroach in size is about 1 inch long. They are dark brown to black in color. The female only has wing pads where as the male has wings that cover ¾ of the abdomen. They can usually be found in damp areas such as sewer pipes, basements, crawl spaces, or sink drains.

They usually feed on decaying plant matter or trash. They are considered a filthy pest and are known to cause food poisoning. The Oriental Cockroach will invade a structure without needing a reason to.

They can access the home through voids, cracks, or even through sewer pipes. They can congregate in large numbers and take over a structure. Because of the diseases that roaches can carry, you want to take action of treatment if you notice that this filthy roach has moved in with you.

They are easily identified by their dark color and finding them in sewage or grease traps near a place of business.

Controlling the Oriental Cockroach

The first place you want to start when controlling the Oriental Cockroach would be a good IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program. Sanitation is always the big word! Keeping the inside of a structure in a clean state, not leaving food exposed for them to feed on, or even dish water sitting in the sink.

IPM goes a very long ways for the control of any pest. Outside you should seal all entry points where they can enter the structure such as under door jams, cracks around windows, pipes with gaps around them running through walls or floors.

These nasty roaches will crawl through pipes to enter homes; for example a washing machine drain pipe. The ends of open pipes should be covered by a mesh screen in order to keep the Oriental Cockroach out but still allow for the flow of your drain.

Oriental Cockroaches like damp areas, therefore fixing leaky pipes will help dry up the damp area they thrive for. Crawlspace homes should be well ventilated with the appropriate venting.

For proper venting for a structure you can contact your local pest control company in the area that you live for details. Codes and specifications may differ from state to state. The Oriental Cockroach can be treated with residual pesticides for control.

Keep in mind they like damp areas, so if you use residual sprays for control the effectiveness may not last as long as the label specifies. You may consider a wettable powder for the treatment of the pest in these areas of dampness.

If wettable powder pesticides are used inside the structure note that on dark surfaces they will be visible once dry. For inside you may prefer a EC (Emulsifiable Concentrate) that has very slight or no residue visible.

Using dusts for control is really a waste for control of the Oriental Cockroach because they will have no effect once they are damp.

Oriental Cockroach