Nymph of a German cockroach

7008.    I’ve been seeing them on the kitchen counter, below the sink, and the odd one in the bathroom. They are usually less than 3 cm long, black with grey stripes and a grey rectangle on the back. They are quick when they see you but easy to kill. Brampton, ON. Canada

Number 7008. This looks like a very young nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blatodea: Blattellidae). This species is notoriously difficult to control, you may wish to consult a professional.  Click here for additional information.