Subject: can you identyfy this large beetle
Location: hythe, kent
February 28, 2015 2:08 pm
We found this bug in our bathroom , running down the door.
Can you help with his identity
Signature: G West
At first we were going to send a brief response that this is a Cockroach, but we decided the thoracic markings are so striking that we would attempt to identify the species of Cockroach you encountered. After finding several similar looking images that only identified it as a Cockroach, we found the Suffolk Pest Control Company that identified it as an Australian Cockroach, Periplaneta australasia., and that provided this information: “Inspite of their exotic origins Australian cockroaches are making a home for themselves in the UK, where they can found in most major cities.” Not confident that the Australian Cockroach is actually native to Australia, we found this information on BugGuide: “Adult has thorax outlined in yellow with black/brown center marking somewhat like a sideways number eight. Differentiating Australian cockroaches from other species of Periplaneta requires identification of the narrow yellow mark along front outside edge of wings”, but nothing was written about the country of origin. The garden is calling us from additional research at this time.
Thanks for your help. Am guessing we need to contact some form of pest control company as they seem quite dangerous.
Because we d found one , I suppose there are more so will get onto it straight away.