What bug is this?

myrtlebee

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I keep seeing these things in my house randomly since mid-July. I would say I've found 10 in my kitchen and one in a bedroom air vent (central air). Mostly during the summer months, but this one was found the other day in the dead of winter. It has been a few months since I've seen one.

I have never had problems with bugs before, and my house is very clean. I don't leave my doors or windows open without tight screens in place, so I don't know why they are here. I live in Maryland, if that matters.

Are these a type of roach? Nothing I have found online seem to look exactly like these. They are the size of a quarter. I cannot get a good photo because it is in a plastic bag... not keen on letting it back out! I'm afraid my dog will eat these and get ill.


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myrtlebee

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Did a google image search for cockroach and yours looks very much like a cockroach, same antenna, same hairy leg count and configuration and finally same little whatevers at the rear.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=cockroach&t=h_&atb=v154-5bj&iax=images&iai=http://www.pestworld.org/media/561655/orntlckroch-1f-1.jpg&ia=images

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That picture indeed looks more like what I’ve seen than any pic I’ve found so far. Not good news I guess. I really don’t understand how they are getting in my house.

UPDATE: Upon further research, it appears these are Oriental Cockroaches, aka waterbugs. Not as freaked out as I would be if they were true cockroaches that could fly, etc, but I'm still going to figure out where they're coming from and hopefully get rid of them. Thanks for your help!
 
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That picture indeed looks more like what I’ve seen than any pic I’ve found so far. Not good news I guess. I really don’t understand how they are getting in my house.

UPDATE: Upon further research, it appears these are Oriental Cockroaches, aka waterbugs. Not as freaked out as I would be if they were true cockroaches that could fly, etc, but I'm still going to figure out where they're coming from and hopefully get rid of them. Thanks for your help!
Aha! I was right. :) Glad you got confirmation and a plan to get rid of them.
 
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I keep seeing these things in my house randomly since mid-July. I would say I've found 10 in my kitchen and one in a bedroom air vent (central air). Mostly during the summer months, but this one was found the other day in the dead of winter. It has been a few months since I've seen one.

I have never had problems with bugs before, and my house is very clean. I don't leave my doors or windows open without tight screens in place, so I don't know why they are here. I live in Maryland, if that matters.

Are these a type of roach? Nothing I have found online seem to look exactly like these. They are the size of a quarter. I cannot get a good photo because it is in a plastic bag... not keen on letting it back out! I'm afraid my dog will eat these and get ill.


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Huntn

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That picture indeed looks more like what I’ve seen than any pic I’ve found so far. Not good news I guess. I really don’t understand how they are getting in my house.

UPDATE: Upon further research, it appears these are Oriental Cockroaches, aka waterbugs. Not as freaked out as I would be if they were true cockroaches that could fly, etc, but I'm still going to figure out where they're coming from and hopefully get rid of them. Thanks for your help!
Waterbugs is just the politically correct name for cockroaches, to make you feel better. ;)

I live in Texas, where bugs in my house used to be the norm, most notably those big cockroaches that come from outside seeking sustenance, but that is no longer an issue.

Go buy a jug of Ortho Home Defense. You are spraying a line of liquid, spray it around the perimeter of all entrances to your house, on the inside, exterior doors (inside), garage doors (inside), under every sink cabinet around the perimeter, especially where there are pipes coming out of the walls (spray the pipes), any vent that might be an entrance for a bug, and the perimeter of your kitchen, the floor alongside the refriderator.

If you have a basement, the perimeter of the basement. For your attic and basement squirt some Combat Max Roach Gel in a corner where the dog can’t eat it. The Combat Max people also make Roach hotels with the poison inside them, which might be better for having pets around.

It’s supposed to last a year, but I spray twice a year, spring and fall. Occasionally, I find a brave large dead cockroach laying in the middle of the room. It ventured where no bug should. :)
 
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myrtlebee

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Waterbugs is just the politically correct name for cockroaches, to make you feel better. ;)

I live in Texas, where bugs in my house used to be the norm, most notably those big cockroaches that come from outside seeking sustenance, but that is no longer an issue.

Go buy a jug of Ortho Home Defense. You are spraying a line of liquid, spray it around the perimeter of all entrances to your house, on the inside, exterior doors (inside), garage doors (inside), under every sink cabinet around the perimeter, especially where there are pipes coming out of the walls (spray the pipes), any vent that might be an entrance for a bug, and the perimeter of your kitchen, the floor alongside the refriderator.

If you have a basement, the perimeter of the basement. For your attic and basement squirt some Combat Max Roach Gel in a corner where the dog can’t eat it. The Combat Max people also make Roach hotels with the poison inside them, which might be better for having pets around.

It’s supposed to last a year, but I spray twice a year, spring and fall. Occasionally, I find a brave large dead cockroach laying in the middle of the room. It ventured where no bug should. :)

Thank you for the tips! Yes, I am a little leery of spraying anything with my little curious dog. I wonder where all the other roaches are if they come from nests of dozens or hundreds - hopefully outside and the ones we see are just stragglers from the outdoors. I'm afraid one is going to lay eggs in my house before I catch it though. I would not be able to handle finding a swarm of them!
 

Huntn

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Thank you for the tips! Yes, I am a little leery of spraying anything with my little curious dog. I wonder where all the other roaches are if they come from nests of dozens or hundreds - hopefully outside and the ones we see are just stragglers from the outdoors. I'm afraid one is going to lay eggs in my house before I catch it though. I would not be able to handle finding a swarm of them!
FYI...
Ortho Home Defense MAX Insect Killer Spray for Indoor and Home Perimeter. ... With this convenient spray, you can have peace of mind that the insects will not return for up to one year. It is pet-safe once dry, so just make sure to keep pets and children out until the spray has dried.
https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bug-sprays-for-home-pest-control
 
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