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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Is this a cockroach?!?!


I am not going to lie, I'm am scared of almost all bugs!! I'm kind of freaking out because I think I found a baby cockroach in my bathroom sink.  I live in mid Nebraska and in this area I heard cockroaches are kind of common in some households. It makes me really nervous because I don't want an infestation. Please help! I appreciate you taking your time out to help me identify this thing!


This is not a cockroach. This is a silverfish. These insects feed on starches, including paper and organic glues. They are found in dark moist places, like bathrooms and kitchens.

For more information, do a search for silverfish and see what you get.

Thanks for the picture!

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Nathan Riggs


I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at


22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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