Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Insect identification

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Tiny bug. Roach?
Tiny bug. Roach?  
Living in palm beach county florida. Been hot & dry. I have seen these early morning after waking up & turning lights on. Been near my dog's water dish. Easy to kill with tissue. Had exterminatir spray & seeing less and are now moving slower.

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Coleen:

Yes, that is a cockroach nymph ("nymph" is the immature, juvenile, "baby" stage).

Make sure your exterminator is using BAITS rather than spraying.  Spraying guarantees the exterminator will have to come back again and again.  Baits take some time to take effect, but the results are much better and essentially permanent.  

Should you get "do-it-yourself" baits, pay attention to the label!  Some are not safe for pregnant women, pets....

Lastly, the health risks from roaches are, in my opinion...inflated, let's say.  Yes, they *can* be mechanical vectors of Salmonella and other germs, but unless you have a really large population of roaches, the risks are rather small.

Hope this is of help to you.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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