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Subject: What is this?
Location: Bathroom and kitchen floors
January 12, 2016 8:06 pm
I called the landlord and told them we had bugs… The exterminator said there was no sign of. Bugs, so I am leaving them this Baggie witht the ones I caught after 3 minutes of being home today…
Signature: Please Help!

Cockroaches Hatch from Ootheca

Cockroaches Hatch from Ootheca

These are hatchling Cockroaches and they have emerged from the Ootheca or egg case that is also pictured.  The female Cockroach carries around the ootheca until she finds an appropriate place to leave it where the hatchlings will have a good chance of surviving.  We believe based on this BugGuide image that you have German Cockroaches, one of the most prevalent species that infest homes.

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Subject: Brown Bug
Location: West Milford, NJ 07480
November 14, 2015 6:47 pm
I had some oak logs delivered this week. When I split a round quite a few of these came running out. The oak came from Clifton, NJ.
Signature: Geoffrey Syme

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Dear Geoffrey,
This is a Cockroach, probably a Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach.  You have no cause for concern as it is an outdoor species that will not infest homes.  Females are wingless and males have wings, so your individual is a female. 

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Subject: Cockroach killer!!!
Location: Memphis, TN, USA
November 7, 2015 3:49 pm
Hi – can anyone identify this cockroach killing spider from Memphis, TN?
We think it’s probably a wolf spider from our google search.
Signature: Josh

Wolf Spider eats Cockroach

Wolf Spider eats Cockroach

Dear Josh,
We agree that this is a Wolf Spider.  Wolf Spiders do not build a web to snare prey.  They hunt without a web and they are often nocturnal, which makes them effective in controlling Cockroach populations.  We hope your image will cause more of our readers to have a tolerance and appreciation of harmless Wolf Spiders.

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Subject: Worst sci-fi nightmare- cockroach in ear
Location: Gamboa Panama
November 8, 2015 8:49 am
While out in the woods in Panama, a bug flew past me and into my ear. It was, as you can imagine, quite painful. We drowned the ear in water, and tried to aspirate it with an aspirator. Looking under a powerful light and it seemed like it was out. Nevertheless, the next day, I went to the doctor to get it checked out. Indeed, he saw it still in there, legs, wings, etc. It had burrowed around the corner of the ear canal and out of sight before it died by drowning.
We irrigated it, bringing out half after 10 efforts. Irrigated it more, and the front finally came into reach, and was plucked out by forceps.
The roach, likely initially attracted to the light of my headlamp.
I’m curious if you know which kind of roach this is.
Best,
Real Life Chekov
PS- As the bug split in half in the extraction, I’ve sent you one photo without the bottom half, another with it (and the detached leg) in their place, and finally, a photo that shows the doctor irrigating, and the bug after it got into reach.
Signature: Real Life Chekov

Medical Attention for Cockroach in Ear

Medical Attention for Cockroach in Ear

Dear Real Life Chekov,
Thanks for sending us an account of your harrowing encounter with a Cockroach in Panama.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to help you identify the species.  One of our contributors, Susan Lutz, once provided us a similar account with an insect entering her ear while filming a documentary on Headhunters in the Amazon of Ecuador.

Cockroach

Cockroach

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Subject: New apartment, new pantry protein?
Location: Orem, Utah
November 4, 2015 10:25 pm
We just moved to a new apartment and I decided I wanted to clean all the cabinets myself before putting anything in them. Imagine my surprise to find several of these crawling around the edges of my cabinets before I put anything in! I haven’t seen them eating anything, but I’ve found them on all my cabinets and the extra free standing pantry on the far side of the kitchen, so I think they’re after my food. I’ve only seen them in the evening and it has recently gotten cold, so perhaps they’re more recent invaders. I’ve combed through several pages of your site and others and can’t figure out what it is. I’d like to know so I’m not as paranoid with my 10 month old sticking everything in his mouth. I took the pictures on a sheet of lined paper with this bug in a Ziploc, so sorry if it isn’t really clear. They’re trangular in shape with a colorful band separating the black/brown head and tail. I’ve mostly seen a yellow/tan like this specimen, but I did see an orange band once as well. Thank you so much for running a great website where I hope to find answers!
Signature: Ashley B.

German Cockroach Nymph

German Cockroach Nymph

Dear Ashley,
This is an immature Cockroach and we are relatively certain your nymph is that of a German Cockroach based on images found on BugGuide and FlickR.  Of the 1000s of species of Cockroaches in the world, only a few species are considered household pests and the German Cockroach is probably the most pernicious.  According to BugGuide:  “Infests human dwellings and workplaces” and “Omnivorous, eats just about anything edible”.  BugGuide also states:  “Like most cockroaches, the German Cockroach is nocturnal. It is a major pest of residential and commercial structures.  Some people can develop severe allergies to cockroach parts, feces, and oils. “

Oh my goodness. Worst fears come true, but now I know for sure! Thanks for your help, I’ve got a landlord to call and food to put in plastic containers…

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Subject: Bug
Location: North Texas
October 23, 2015 1:33 pm
I found these bugs on the ceiling, close to the back door. They are tiny almost the size of an ant only with s little bit bigger body.
Signature: Sheila Quick

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

Dear Sheila,
These are Smoky Brown Cockroach nymphs,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, and we suspect they have just hatched.  They are not really considered a pest species that infests homes, but we get numerous reports that they are found in homes.

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