The Brown-banded cockroach is light gold to glossy brown. It is similar in size and shape to the German cockroach. Transverse (crossing from side to side as opposed to lengthwise) yellow bands cross the base of the wings and the abdomen. In adult males, which fly occasionally, the wings cover the body. The females wings are short.
The females glue their egg capsules to surfaces. The nymphs have a
pronounced yellow band across their backs.
Brown-banded cockroaches prefer starchy foods and need little water. They are usually found scattered throughout homes, apartments, hotels and hospitals.