Just spotted this bug on the side of my washing machine after putting some dirty clothes in the hamper and transferring a damp load to the dryer. I’m hoping it came in from outside somehow, and isn’t some type of vermin (I live in an apartment and I’m probably the cleanest resident in the building. I’m also paranoid about household pests.) It’s very small, photographed against a damp paper towel. Please tell me this is not a baby roach?

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Don't worry, it is definitely not a roach. It is a true bug, Hemiptera. Not a household pest.

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    $\begingroup$ Can you say a few words how you know this? What sorts of features allow you to characterize it as Hemiptera? Mostly for those of us (me) who know nothing about insect phylogenetics. $\endgroup$ – Eff Sep 19 '18 at 7:37

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