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North California native roaches


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I live in the bay area, near San Francisco and I was wondering what kinds of native roaches could I find near me. I would like to go out and find some roaches because I quite enjoy going outside and looking under rocks and logs for various insects and reptiles or amphibians and it would be really interesting to catch and keep some roaches and to observe their natural habitat too.

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Well, there's likely many "pest" species (german, American, Oriental).

A quick web search brings up:

Periplaneta fuliginosa (smoky brown)

Parcoblatta americana (Western wood roach)

There's probably more, but so far the most "native" roach looks like Parcoblatta americana (not to be confused with Periplaneta americana).

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