German Cockroach

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: New York City
December 15, 2013 3:33 pm
We’ve seen quite a few of these bugs in our kitchen. They are not fast movers and they have very long antennas. We had an exterminator come in but we are still killing at least one bug each day. I’m thinking they are some sort of water bug? Please help us ID these!
Signature: A

German Cockroach
German Cockroach

Dear A,
This is a Cockroach, and though your photo is quite blurry, based on your description, we believe this is a German Cockroach.  For additional information on the German Cockroach, see BugGuide which states:  “Like most cockroaches, the German Cockroach is nocturnal. It is a major pest of residential and commercial structures.  Some people can develop severe allergies to cockroach parts, feces, and oils.   Females carry the ootheca for up to a month, dropping it just before the eggs hatch.”

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