Is this bug a cochroach?
November 6, 2009
Hi. I live in Westfield, NJ and over the passed month we’ve been finding these little bugs that move pretty fast around the house. Usually in the living room or kitchen. We’re not sure if they are cochroaches or not but we’ve laid a couple of bait traps around the house. So far we’ve spoted/killed around 8 this month.
What do you think? Thanks!
Union County, NJ
Your photo shows a female Cockroach with her ootheca or egg case. She is lacking the two parallel longitudinal dark streaks on the pronotum that identify a German Cockroach, so we are uncertain what species of Cockroach you have. Your letter indicates that you have a species that infests homes, and the German Cockroach would be a likely candidate except for the markings. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to identify the species of Cockroach for you.
Suggestion from Eric Eaton
Wow, I have no idea. I’d suggest contacting Dr. (?) Betty Faber at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. She knows roaches very well and will surely recognize this one. I’ll be interested to know myself!