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What bug is this?
Location:  Northern California, USA
September 5, 2010 1:41 am
We keep finding these bugs around our house. They are coming from the outside, they come in when we open the doors or windows. They are also all around the outside of the house and the walls outside of the house. Some are brown with a yellow stripe on its back. They move fast, so we thought they might be some kind of roach, but we are not sure what kind of bug it is.
Signature:  Carly


Hi Carly,
We did not recognize your Cockroach, which we had believed to be an immature nymph, but we located it on BugGuide, and it is a recently introduced species that has become established in California, and it is a wingless species,
Phyllodromica trivittata.  According to BugGuide it is:  “Recently introduced into California, apparently now in Marin, Petaluma and Cotati” and “Reports of high abundance both indoors and outdoors make it likely that reproduction is occurring outdoors with subsequent invasion of nearby structures. As this species adapts to this new environment, studies will need to be conducted to confirm this.”  BugGuide also reports:  “Known from dry habitats around the Mediterranean. It has been recorded from Morocco; Algeria; Spain; Italy (Sardinia Island); Italy (Sicily); Libya; and Israel. Given that it has not been recorded as being a pest in buildings in those countries (as far as I’m aware) it is unlikely to invade buildings in the USA. Comment by George Beccaloni (The Natural History Museum, London, UK).


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6 Responses to Recently Introduced Cockroach

  1. Chris says:

    I just wanted to report a sighting of the newly introduced Phyllodromica trivittata in Rohnert Park, CA which is just north or Petaluma. Sorry that we didn’t get a picture of it. My son spotted it when we were swimming in a pool. Like everybody else has confirmed, it is very rapid. It doesn’t seem too shy as it quickly crawled onto my finger when it had the chance. We left it where we found it and were excited to look for it on this website. Thanks again for all of the good information. You guys are awesome.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I live in Tempe, AZ and am battling an infestation of these. The last time I was in Petaluma, CA was over 4 years ago and I’ve never seen these until now.

  3. joe joe says:

    yeah these guys are up in Santa Rosa too.

  4. Adrienne Bryan says:

    Found TWO in same 12 hour period in Cloverdale, CA. waited until dark and scoured the house but found no more evidence so hoping they do colonize and sometimes ‘accidentally’ come inside…
    never really had experience with a pest inside of any sort so hoping its a fluke….
    going to try not to follow instinct to burn down my house.

  5. Jett says:

    I just discovered these one week ago. They are outside near the house. On the outside stairs. Inside the basement. And now I just found one on the window sill when I opened the window. They move FAST. So far I see them at dusk or at night.

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Port Costa, CA 94569. Contra Costa County, on the South side of the Carquinez Strait.

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