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Subject:  Cockroach??
Geographic location of the bug:  North Jersey
Date: 12/13/2017
Time: 10:34 PM EDT
Found this staring at when I opened my pantry. Found another dead one in the upstairs bathroom tub that is never used
How you want your letter signed:  Mary

Cockroach

Hi Mary,
This certainly is a Cockroach, and the image is too blurry to be certain, but it looks to us like a German Cockroach, a species that frequently infests homes.

Thank you so much, I think. : o
We’ve been in this house for over 10 years, is there a reason I am just seeing them (2 so far, one alive one dead) now? We did have our basement remediated for mold and they used something called Tim-Bor to treat the wood. Does it mean they’ve been in our house all this time? I’m disgusted to say the least.

German Cockroaches have adapted to living near humans and have benefitted from cohabitation, especially because of the food we provide for them.  You may have introduced Cockroaches to your home in a purse taken to a restaurant, in a brown bag brought home from the grocery, or even in a basket taken to a laundromat.
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Subject:  bug identify
Geographic location of the bug:  NYC
Date: 11/30/2017
Time: 02:41 PM EDT
These are bugs we have seen at night in our apt
How you want your letter signed :  David

Cockroach Nymph

Dear David,
This is an immature Cockroach, and it sounds like you might have an infestation in your apartment.

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Subject:  Huge bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Indiana
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 10:10 PM EDT
Was sitting in my sons hospital room when this strange bug flew in and landed on the wall. It was between 1-2 inches long and scary!
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned mom !

American Cockroach

Dear Concerned mom,
Many people are surprised to learn that the American Cockroach can fly.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

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Subject:  Hello!
Geographic location of the bug:  California, Long Beach
Date: 10/13/2017
Time: 11:14 PM EDT
There’s lots of these little buggers in an old building that I live in. They generally stay out of sight and hug crevices and other areas, would love to understand what they are attracted to!
How you want your letter signed:  Anything is fine

German Cockroach

This is a German Cockroach.  According to BugGuide:  “Infests human dwellings and workplaces.”

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeastern Arizona
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 12:19 AM EDT
He takes small little skitters at a time. Never more than a second long stride. Kind reminded me of a cockroach but also like a beetle. Is it dangerous to my kids?
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Momma

Male Sand Cockroach

Dear Curious Momma,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident you encountered a male Sand Cockroach in the genus
Arenivaga, a harmless group that does not invade homes, but since males can fly and since they are attracted to lights, they are sometimes encountered indoors.  Flightless female Sand Cockroaches are generally found underground.

Male Sand Cockroach

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Subject: Bedbug or cockroach?
Location: Los Angeles
August 22, 2017 7:36 pm
I found this in my bed and am terrified that it is a bed bug, though we occasionally get cockroaches in our house. We also have termites though that’s a side note. Any idea which this is??
Signature: Worried

Cockroach Nymph

Dear Worried,
Given your choices, it is ironic that you are probably relieved to find out that this is an immature Cockroach and not a Bed Bug.  As an aside, your image almost looks like a Cockroach in amber, which would have made it quite valuable according to iddfossils.

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