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Cockroach like bug with wings - Periplaneta fuliginosa

Cockroach like bug with wings - Periplaneta fuliginosa
Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA
December 5, 2008

I knew you were in Louisiana...
Although these roaches are found everwhere, I assumed you were in Louisiana when I first saw this image. In Alexandria we used to call these 'Palmetto Bugs'. I guess we called them that because "we have palmetto bugs" sounded better than "we have roaches" ;)

This looks like a Smoky Brown Cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa) to me but please wait for an expert to confirm that or correct me.

As much as I like bugs I haven't been able to get around these without acting like a school girl. I can't stand them. As if their prowess alone wasn't enough to help the species survive, they HAD to be giving the ability to fly also. Just one more reason to abandon a room and call the wife to "COME GET THIS THING!!"

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I agree.
I agree with the ID; in its natural habitat, too! LOL!

Anyone know how to get rid of
Anyone know how to get rid of them? They seem to keep popping up in one of my bathrooms. I don't know why because they usually stay confined to the garage.

These guys live in...
...the sewer among other places. They can come up through the drain pipes. Try keeping your drain closed. Some of them will be able to make it through the bath tub overflow still. They can come up in sinks also. Closing off all the drains will not stop them completely because there are plenty of other ways for these guys to get in but it should reduce their numbers inside.

Try boric acid (comes in a power form) and place small piles around the garage. Please read the label on the boric acid before using. I doubt this will help reduce the inside numbers your home but it might help with the numbers in the garage.

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