Is this a roach?

Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

My daughter bought a home and has discoved these bugs in the bathroom. I am worried it is roaches. If so, what is the best way to rid the house of them?

Thanks for any info.

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Minot, ND

It is indeed a cockroach - see https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/pb1024.pdf for some control recommendations.

Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

Thank you. I always heard roaches would scatter when lights were turned on but she has spotted these in a bathroom and when she sees one it doesn't run. Would setting bombs off in the house take care of them? She hasn't seen any in other parts of the house.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Flapdoodle, how does one distinguish "wood roaches" commonly found in leaf debris outside from dark cockroach specimens like the one at the top of this thread?

Minot, ND

I am not a fan of 'bombing' for any insects - see http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef614.asp and http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7467.html for some additional suggestions.

Minot, ND

@greenthumb99 - Wood roaches (Parcoblatta sp.) tend to be smaller and slimmer than their 'look-alikes' in the genera Blatta and Parcoblatta, and lack the pronotal striping pattern of German cockroaches. Also, the very slender winged males can fly readily. See http://bugguide.net/node/view/31624/bgimage?from=0 for some Parcoblatta images.

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Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

Flapdoodle, I tried to visit the website above and it said it was a malicious web site and highly recommended not entering. I am visiting my daughter this week. It is probably best for me to call am exterminator. The thought of roaches just gives me chills.

Minot, ND

@PhyllisJ - Which link? - I have good security programs on my computer, and nothing suspicious came upon any of the links I referenced.

Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef614.asp

I clicked on the link and I received the message. I use Norton Antivirus. I didin't try the other link.

Minot, ND

I just clicked on that link and received no warning. I can assure you that they all are safe; the first three of them set up by universities in their respective states (Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida) and the last one (bugguide) has been used for years with no problems that I know of. However, if you're still distrustful, I suggest that you contact your county extension service office (Carter, Sullivan, or Washington; their phone numbers are 423-542-1818, 423-279-2723, and 423-753-1680 respectively) for advice before contacting an exterminator. Extension offices are an excellent source of information when dealing with most home/yard/garden pest problems.

Johnson City, TN(Zone 6b)

Sounds like it was just a Norton thing! The site had big red letters Warning. This site is a known malicious site. It is recommended you do not enter. So strange because I have never had that happen before.

Could you tell if this was a german roach? My daughter lives in Charleston SC and I am leaving there in the morning. That is if weather permits. Forecast says anywhere from 5 to 12 inches of snow. I will check with an ext. office there.

Thanks so much for your help.

Minot, ND

Although it definitely is not a German cockroach, I cannot otherwise be certain of its identity as it is a nymph - one possibility is a smoky brown cockroach - http://bugguide.net/node/view/115161/bgimage?from=24

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