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PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 24, 2013
9:46 AM

Post #9460103

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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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 24, 2013
10:20 AM

Post #9460133

It is indeed a cockroach - see [HYPERLINK@utextension.tennessee.edu] for some control recommendations.
PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 24, 2013
10:55 AM

Post #9460166

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.

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 24, 2013
11:14 AM

Post #9460199

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?
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 24, 2013
11:25 AM

Post #9460215

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.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 24, 2013
11:31 AM

Post #9460222

@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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PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 24, 2013
11:48 AM

Post #9460239

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.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 24, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9460405

@PhyllisJ - Which link? - I have good security programs on my computer, and nothing suspicious came upon any of the links I referenced.
PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 24, 2013
5:11 PM

Post #9460584

http://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.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 25, 2013
3:37 AM

Post #9460889

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.
PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 25, 2013
4:43 AM

Post #9460922

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.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 25, 2013
5:41 AM

Post #9460967

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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