Furniture comes with Drawer full of Cockroaches

Subject: Bugs in Furniture
Location: Houston Texas
January 22, 2013 9:28 pm
I bought this furniture in Houston Texas and when I got it home it had these bugs in the drawers. I have been told they are wood roaches by one person and another said they are water bugs. I need to know what they are.
Signature: TexasGirl

Drawer Full of Cockroaches

Dear TexasGirl,
We do not believe these are Wood Roaches, though we will try to get a second opinion.  Wood Roaches are benign creatures that do not infest homes, and you can read more about them on BugGuide.  The person who told you they are Water Bugs, is trying not to alarm you or is living in denial.  Water Bug is a common name for the Oriental Cockroach, but these are not dark enough to be Oriental Cockroaches and you can see BugGuide for information on the Oriental Cockroach.  There are only a few species of Cockroaches that infest homes, and we believe this might be one of them.  Our best guess is that this is a clutch of immature American Cockroaches (See image from BugGuide) and you can read more about them on BugGuide.  Cockroaches that infest homes and buildings are sneaky critters that can come home in grocery store bags or loads of clean laundry.  Again, we will try to get a second opinion on your species.

Thanks for your response, the furniture has been stored in a Garage in Houston Texas for about three years..I left the furniture outside and have killed all of the living ones I could find but I am worried about eggs.  I will have to treat the furniture before I bring it inside.

Eric Eaton Confirms American Cockroach Nymphs
I agree these are nymphs of American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana.

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