Adult male brown banded cockroaches are about 1/2 inch long and light brown, with fully developed wings. The adult females are shorter and stouter than the males and their wings do not cover the entire abdomen. Both adults and nymphs can be distinguished by the two brownish, broad bands across the body at the base of the abdomen and at the mid-abdomen. Both males and females are quite active; adult males fly readily when disturbed. They prefer warm and dry locations, such as near refrigerator motors, on the upper walls of cabinets, and inside pantries, closets, dressers, and furniture in general. They can be found behind picture frames and beneath tables and chairs, clocks, light switch plates, and dressers. It is common to find them hiding nearer the ceiling than the floor and away from water sources.