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Subject: Bug in my chinese apartment
Location: Dongguan, Guangdong, China
January 27, 2015 11:25 pm
Hi Bugman,
My wife found these bugs under our couch cushion and on the wall in our new apartment in Dongguan, Guangdong, China. This located in southern china and it’s January.
I can’t seem to find any pictures or information on what these could be from my research online — can you help identify these? Should she be worried?
Signature: Ryan

Immature Cockroach

Immature Smokey Brown Cockroach

Dear Ryan,
This is an immature Smokey Brown Cockroach, a species that according to the Orkin site:  “They prefer nondwelling areas such as greenhouses, nurseries and gardens but can be an indoor pest. They can be found throughout the southern United States and are most common from Texas to Florida. They have also been found in Southern California. They are major pests in cities such as Houston and New Orleans.”  Many species of Cockroaches that have adapted to living with or near humans now have cosmopolitan distributions, and it can be difficult to trace their place of origin.  We are having a difficult time tracking down information on the distribution of the Smokey Brown Cockroach, and though we don’t normally cite Wikipedia, that universal source of information states:  “The smokybrown cockroach is very common in Japan, as well as the southern United States and tropical climates; notably, it can be found in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and other moist Gulf coastal states, and along the southern Mississippi River.”
  The Biodiversity Heritage Library published an article entitled “The pest status of Periplaneta fuliginosa (Serville) (Dictyoptera: Blattidae) in China”.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the reply and ID. Apologies for the late response and thank
you…hard to access gmail in China.
Great to know that these were in fact cockroaches — never experienced
them in the US. When some of my Chinese friends said they were
cockroaches, I didn’t know if they were or not because I’ve only seen
pictures of mature ones.
Got an exterminator and cleaned up the hidden areas, so my wife isn’t
quite as angry anymore. I’m sure summer will bring more surprises.
Thanks again!
Ryan

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Subject: Darth Vader Cockroach
Location: Southern Pacific Mid-level forest, Costa Rica
January 25, 2015 11:49 am
Hi! This is a follow-up submission with another couple of photos. The roach is not B.dubia. It doesn’t have the same markings, shape of pronotum is different, and it climbs glass. So WHAT is it? It is from Central America. Not an indoor pest. Very uncommon.
Signature: Mary B. Thorman

Cockroach

Cockroach

Hi Mary,
Thanks so much for providing additional excellent images of this mysterious Cockroach as a followup to your nine year old original submission.  We hope this new posting will generate a positive identification for you.

Cockroach

Cockroach

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Subject: Help – Bug in appartment
Location: Philly
December 21, 2014 11:56 pm
Hi,
Recently, we keep finding these bugs in our apartment around 1-5am (once a week).
These things are very fast but I finally managed to catch of of them alive.
Signature: Jon

Brownbanded Cockroach

Brownbanded Cockroach

Dear Jon,
We believe we have correctly identified your Cockroach as a Brownbanded Cockroach,
Supella longipalpa, based on this image posted to BugGuide.  According to the Penn State Entomology site:  “Brownbanded cockroaches prefer warm and dry locations, such as near refrigerator motor housings, on the upper walls of cabinets, and inside pantries, closets, dressers, and furniture in general. They can also be found behind picture frames and beneath tables and chairs, and inside clocks, radios, light switch plates, doorframes, and dressers. It is common to find them hiding nearer the ceiling than the floor and away from water sources. Accurate identification is paramount to controlling brownbanded cockroaches. Control strategies for other cockroaches will not be efficacious for brownbanded cockroaches.”

Thanks Daniel, that looks so right.
I’ve contacted the apartment manager to send in an exterminator and have a look at it,
Happy holidays!
Jon

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Denver, Colorado
December 8, 2014 1:18 am
Please help I have found this bug like one a day & mostly in my kitchen. I thought weevil or silverfish of somesort but I am not sure. I’ve never seen them before till just recently.
Signature: TVenters

Immature Cockroach

Immature Cockroach

Dear TVenters,
This is an immature Cockroach, and if they have just begun appearing in your home, we would speculate they were recently introduced with groceries, laundry or some other load that you returned home transporting.

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Subject: Help!
Location: Lethbridge Alberta Canada
December 8, 2014 9:30 pm
My husband and I just moved into an new older apartment about a month ago. Since we moved in we can’t seem to get rid of these bugs that are everywhere. The main plae we find them is in the kitchen and bathroom but they have been known to be found climbing walls in our bedroom and scurrying across the floor in other rooms of the house also. They are driving me nuts. We don’t know what they are so we can’t even figure out how to get rid of them. They range in size from teeny tiny to about the size of a nickel in length. Some have wings and others don’t but I have never seen them fly. I thought they would go away after we settled in but they haven’t. I also believe they are leaving poop on my counters as I often find a black almost sand like substance on them that has no other valid reason to be there as we don’t even do much cooking in our kitchen. I hope the pictures help in identifying this bug so we can finally get rid of it. Thanks for your help.
Signature: Ashley

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Dear Ashley,
You have an infestation of German Cockroaches, and since they are in various stages, they are reproducing and thriving in your apartment.  The larger winged individuals are the adults.  German Cockroaches thrive in contact with people and they are one of the few Cockroach species that infest homes, restaurants and other places where they get food and shelter.  You can verify our identification on BugGuide.

German Cockroach Nymph

German Cockroach Nymph

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Subject: Pretty Cockroach
Location: perth region western australia
November 23, 2014 6:34 am
Hi there,
I know there are a lot of people out there that would argue there is no such thing as a “pretty” cockroach, but I have the photographic evidence! The specimen in question was discovered sheltering from the rain in a curled Mulberry tree leaf…. smart as well as pretty! Although the photograph is obviously magnified, it was actually only 5mm long at the most. I have searched through the internet in vain trying to identify it and finally figured if anyone can identify it for me, it would be you guys! Please see the attached photographs and thank you for your time.
Signature: Jill

Cockroach

Cockroach

Dear Jill,
This really is a pretty immature Cockroach.  Most people don’t realize that only a few species of Cockroaches infest homes, and the vast majority of Cockroaches are benign creatures, and that many of them are quite attractive.
  We believe we have correctly identified your immature Cockroach on the Brisbane Insect website as Ellipsidion humerale, commonly called the Small Ellipsidion.

Cockroach

Cockroach

Hi Daniel,
Thanks so much for your speedy reply.
It’s annoying that people have no appreciation for bugs and spiders and have such an irrational fear of them. They can’t seem to see the bugs have far more to fear from us than we from them… if we were bug sized that might well be a different story of course! lol
Thanks again. Your reply and identification was much appreciated.
Jill

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