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What am I looking at here? - Periplaneta americana

What am I looking at here? - Periplaneta americana
Cypress, Harris County, Texas, USA
July 28, 2008
Size: 1 inch
The picture was taken at night. The insect was on a wall immediately behind a large floor lamp that had been switched on for some time.

ID...
I lived in Houston for many years, and can tell you that this is an
immature American roach (Periplaneta americana). The good news is that they do not like to breed indoors because they are a more tropical species and are more susceptible to drying out than their German cousins. If your home has central A/C to keep the area dry, you will be ok, but if you just use fans, or like to leave the windows open during the hot, humid summers, and the rooms are humid all day and night, and there is food and a water source available to them, they might just reproduce indoors...and that's the last thing you would want - trust me!

 
Thanks!
Thanks so much for the info! We moved into an apartment complex two weeks ago today and have seen about 5 of these in that time. Our apartment doesn't sustain the conditions you describe, but I can't speak for my neighbors. It could be that with everyone moving in (it's a new complex) and lots of doors opening and closing all the time, that these little buggers have crept in.

looks like a roach to me...
looks like a roach to me...

 
roaches
Any idea if it is an indoor breeder like the infamous German roach or some other type of roach less invasive?

 
Sorry but don't really know m
Sorry but don't really know much about them. This is really the only bug that creaps me out. I try to stay as far away as possable, the bad part is i haven't really learned much about them. You can check through the guide and see iff ther is anything similar. Are there any specific breeds in Texas? I know florida where i'm at has the Palmetto bugs. REALLY BIG ROACHES!!

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