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American Cockroach - Periplaneta americana

American Cockroach - Periplaneta americana
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
November 12, 2004

roach
This one appears to be the American roach. They make a good POP!when they are steped on.I have heard them called Palmetto bugs as well. I don't believe thy bite however, the spines on the legs are very scratchy and sometimes cause a mild irritation.

Palmetto Bug?
I recently moved to NC from up north and had about 10 of these inside my new house.
They only came out at night.
After I totally freaked out when one was on my bedspread, I called an exterminator.
He said they were Palmetto bugs and they were coming in
from an opening where the bathroom plumbing goes in the wall.
I think it is a fancy name for American Cockroach.
I swear mine were huge at 2.5 inches long!
He said they do bite!

 
Yes they are big
but they aren't that harmful... the exterminator poison is probably worse for you than the bug. I would try sealing off the entry before resorting to poison.

ID
I think I got this ID from UFL. But may have gotten it comparing images on the net. I'm not 100% certain this isn't the Brown Cockroach, which looks quite similar to the American.

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