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Can you please tell me what this is?
December 20, 2009
I just moved into a new place with my three year old son. In the last 2 days, we have found three of these critters in the house. We found one in the pantry, one on the wall in the hallway, and one in the shower. I’m worried that it may be a cockroach or something, but I’m not sure. Any information you can offer would be very much appreciated.
Concerned in Florida
Saint Augustine, FL

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Dear Concerned in Florida,
The two parallel dark streaks on the pronotum identify this as a German Cockroach, Blattella germanica, one of the most reviled insects that infest dwellings.  Eliminating them from an infested home might be a losing battle.

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Thank you very much. That confirms my suspicion, and makes the decision for me….I will be moving.  I greatly appreciate your time.

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