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IS THE A BED BUG OR COCKROACh??

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  1. shonet

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon May 16 2011 9:38:13
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    Help, can anyone identify this insect for me? I found it in my bedroom and i hope it's not a bed bug. I have been having a chronic allergy from dust mites (hives and stuff) at my place for months and i really hope i dont get a bb problem now.

    Image is : http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/servlet/JiveServlet/showImage/14122/IMG_5721.JPG

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon May 16 2011 9:42:46
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    Not a bed bug in any event. Big long antennae. I wish I could narrow down a bit as to what it *is*. The experts will be along shortly, no doubt.

    By the way that's a pretty good photo.

    By the way in general, if a photo has something in it for scale that can be very helpful, such as a coin or ruler or fingertip. Although it's not *as* important for this photo where the image is so clear and detailed.

  3. Koebner

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    Mon May 16 2011 9:59:28
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    Not a BB.

    Beyond BBs & things commonly mistaken for BBs, my entomology is pants but that does look quite roachy. Have a bit of a google for "cockroach nymph" images, & see if they look right to you. There are some spontaneous colour variations in roaches, so concentrate on construction, not colour.

    Odd to find it in your bedroom if it is a roach. Do you have adjoining neighbours? Or do you live in a shared house/ hall of residence, where people might be eating or storing food in their bedrooms?

    If you're sensitive to dustmites, it's not uncommon to react to roaches in your environment. You can buy Roach Motels in DIY stores - put them in dark warm & preferably damp spots out of the way of pets & children. Good news is, judging by that" .ac.uk", your landlord is responsible for treatment if you do have roaches.

  4. shonet

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    Mon May 16 2011 10:18:27
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    Thank you so much for all the quick replies and advice!

    I live in an apartment and my bedroom is about 5 steps away from the kitchen.

  5. loubugs

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    Mon May 16 2011 13:34:35
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    looks like a cockroach nymph

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon May 16 2011 13:38:56
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    loubugs - 3 minutes ago  » 
    looks like a cockroach nymph

    But a relatively exotic one Lou? Some tropical version? Or maybe just molted or something? I can't recall seeing one which had that particular appearance.

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    Mon May 16 2011 16:00:51
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    Not a common pest species, in my opinion...

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    Mon May 16 2011 16:05:06
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    Right, not a common species, at all. I don't know which species. It's from the UK?

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    Right, not a common species, at all. I don't know which species.

    Me too...
    I keep for hobby more than 60 different species of cockroaches (pest species included), but that nymph doesn't resemble any species I'm familiar with.

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    Mon May 16 2011 21:29:13
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    Just checking in on this and glad to hear it is not a common species. I couldn't place it in the usual suspects of roaches.

    German...No
    Brown banded.....No
    American....no
    Oriental......no

    Darn limey roaches.

    Jim

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    Mon May 16 2011 21:40:06
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    Lou, EffeCi; could one or both of you guys please suggest an intro to entomology textbook? Something aimed at the undergraduate debutante in World of Bugs. I don't seem to be losing this (unanticipated) interest in things with exoskeletons, so it's time I expanded my knowledge base beyond fleas, BBs, crab spiders, a few ticks & Dermestidae, a selection of garden insects, & "roachy".

    My money was on an Ectobius pallidus nymph - I clearly need to do a lot more reading.

  12. shonet

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    Mon May 16 2011 21:53:09
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    i live in australia melbourne. The bug is about 0.5cm in length and 0.2 cm wide.

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    Mon May 16 2011 22:24:26
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    Periplaneta australasiae ... That is about as technical i'll ever get on this site =)

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    No, I keep Periplaneta australasiae too, and nymphs are "striped".
    May look as a nymph of Drymaplaneta semivitta, but not sure.


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