Potato Bug in Washington State

Subject: Pasco WA What is this bug?
Location: Pasco, Washington
November 8, 2012 12:24 am
What is this bug it keeps coming into our workshop. Is it poisonous? It looks like it has six cricket like legs, a red ants head, creeps like a spider, and the body makes me think of some type of beetle or roach. We just relocated to Pasco, Washington i have never seen such a large bug! it had to be 2” long and 3/4” wide(plus the legs), i just want to make sure it is not dangerous, I have a 1 year old just learning to walk and i just dont want him to get bit or hurt if this thing is dangerous.
Signature: totally freaked out in Pasco WA

Potato Bug

Dear totally freaked out in Pasco WA,
We get so many Potato Bug identification requests from Southern California and parts of the Southwest that we only post the smallest fraction of them, generally ones with great stories or fabulous photos.  We get a few identification requests from the Pacific Northwest, but not many, so your sighting is post-worthy.  Potato Bugs or Jerusalem Crickets are subterranean dwellers that are often driven to the surface during the rainy season.  Potato Bugs are not dangerous as they have no venom, but they do have powerful mandibles and they might produce a painful nip if carelessly handled.

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