Subject: Nymph German Roach?
Geographic location of the bug: Bathroom
Time: 11:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Saw this in the bathroom on several occasions randomly.
Looks like a baby roach to me.
How you want your letter signed: alex
This is definitely an immature Cockroach, but based on this BugGuide image, we are not convinced it is a German Cockroach nymph. Based on images posted to Featured Creatures, we believe it is an immature Brown Banded Cockroach, Supella longipalpa. That site states: “Domestic cockroaches such as the German cockroach and brown-banded cockroach are closely associated with humans and have the potential to adversely affect human health. According to Kramer and Brenner (2009), cockroaches are recognized as one of the most important sources of allergens, with about half of asthmatics allergic to cockroaches. Allergens from cockroaches include cast skins and excrement. Some symptoms of cockroach-induced allergies include sneezing, skin reactions, and eye irritation (Wirtz 1980).” As an aside, we consider the “Geographic location of the bug” to mean a city, state, or country, not a room in a house like a bathroom, which does not in any way clarify where the sighting occurred. Many insects have limited geographic ranges, and knowing exactly where the sighting occurred is often a great assistance in making an identification.
And location is Southeastern PA.