Tiny bug nest made of my drywall!!!
Location: Louisiana, USA
March 11, 2012 1:49 pm
I found these tiny bugs on the corner near the ceiling of my bathroom. They are about 3-4 mm long each. They are black, slightly shiny, flat-ish, and have a couple lighter colored stripes (these may be sutures between their segments?). They are slow moving and have built a tiny nest from the uppermost layer of paint and drywall. The nest is about .5 to 1 inch in diameter. I haven’t found any similar nests or damage, but am wondering what these are and whether I should call an exterminator. Mostly, I’m worried by their removal of a thin layer of paint/drywall! I’ve sent the picture to a bunch of people, but haven’t gotten any id yet. Please help!
These are newly hatched Smoky Brown Cockroaches, Periplaneta fuliginosa. The female produces an egg case or ootheca that she carries around until she finds a suitable place to deposit it. We have gotten increasingly more reports of Smoky Brown Cockroach nymphs, especially from Southern States, and we believe they can be rightfully tagged as Household Pests.