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Old 08-03-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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I live in Smyrna, a suburb of Atlanta and we have gotten a few Palmetto bugs in our house but it's old. We are renting and leaving next March. We have an exterminator come quarterly (or whenever we see a bug because I freak out, haha)
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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just curious, in atlanta do y'all have those big grasshopper looking things that jump up and smack you in the face? no idea what theyre called but some places in texas have them pretty bad. you can be walking around at night, and you'll swear someone just threw a big pebble at your head, only for you to look down and see this ugly brown bug staring right at you waiting for you to retaliate lol

bugs in texas are big, seemingly unafraid of humans and will chase you around the backyard. i've even been chased by a butterfly lol
We have some like that here in South GA, but they're green....I have no clue what they're called and they tend to live near water.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I live in Smyrna, a suburb of Atlanta and we have gotten a few Palmetto bugs in our house but it's old. We are renting and leaving next March. We have an exterminator come quarterly (or whenever we see a bug because I freak out, haha)
They generally come from the outside, usually through a vent. We haven't seen any this year, but I think we see one or two a year on average in the house. When we rented an older 50's house in Smyrna, we saw a few inside, but there were zillions of them outside.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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We have some like that here in South GA, but they're green....I have no clue what they're called and they tend to live near water.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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The bugs here are extremely mean and sneaky. Many of them are more poisonous than a cobra. They tend to hide in your shoes or in your underwear drawer or in the seat of your car and then POUNCE when you least expect it.

It's just one of those things about the South that people have to get used to.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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LOL! Every so often this topic springs up. Here's my response.

In my world (Real Life for me) this is how it is. Yes there is a large variety of bugs that exist outdoors in Atlanta and the Southeast in general (mostly during the summer or really warm months). They mostly stay outdoors and mind their own business. You will see one once in a while but I've been seeing them all my life. Most of them are completely harmless or I would have been dead or stayed sick as I played with most of them as a child. And most won't bother you if you don't bother them. Except, one might once in a while bump into you if it's flying somewhere and you step into it's path (simple physics).

If you keep your house really clean there will be no need for exterminators. (If you have termites that's a different story). The people I know that keep their house clean have no bugs except for once in a blue moon some outdoor type bug like a Palmeto bug or cricket will wander in. These bugs will try to get back outdoors and usually will die if they don't in time. People that don't keep their house clean may have cockroaches.



Okay here is life according to transplants from up North or Out West. Atlanta is full of all kinds of super freaky bugs often the size of Volkswagons. Your house will be absolutely full of them and you will have to exterminate almost weekly just to keep the population down. They are incredibly aggressive and will attack and chase you all over the place.

I don't know if what they describe is reality for them or not. I haven't visited their houses or yards. But, it does seem many of them have really serious phobias when it comes to bugs.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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Yeah - those giant bugs in the Orkin commercials? Filmed in Atlanta!
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