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Old 06-20-2006, 06:38 PM
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What kind of insects are there in a normal suburban house
around Atlanta? Big ones like giant roaches or something worse? Is it normal to have an exterminator do interior work on a regular basis? Thanks for any responses.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:38 PM
 
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we have cockroackes, a variety of spiders, beetles, flies, bees, wasps, nothing exotic or rare; just the normal kinds of insects- and yes, you can get an exterminator to do work regularly
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:57 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Some people will say it's "normal" to have roaches in your house in the South due to the weather, but if you spray correctly and at the right intervals, you won't.

The only dangerous bugs you see here commonly are Black Widow spiders and Brown Recluse spiders. Widows will stay in hard to find areas and only bite if threatened. Recluse spiders tend to get out and about more, and bites can be very serious to near deadly depending on your body's reaction to the bite and venom. Wolf spiders are common - I leave them alone as they hunt down and kill the bad spiders. Again, spraying will keep this stuff at a minimum.

"Palmeto Bugs" are huge roach-like thingies that can be up to 3 inches in length. They'll sometimes get in your house and when you step on them they give out a huge CRUNCH. They like to crawl in your mouth when you're asleep and lay eggs (ok, maybe not, but I know that got you to freak out by now). Dogs like to eat them.
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Canton, Georgia
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Oh dear... is this conversation scary or what?

Don't forget fire ants. They don't get into the house, generally, but they are a plague outside. You'll see these mounds popping up wherever the ground is fairly soft (not hard packed clay), and if you mess with it, they'll attack, and the bite HURTS!

And termites. You'll need to have an exterminator treat for termites, either with bait traps or spray.

We moved into our new house two years ago, and we have not treated the interior for any kind of insects, but have the outside treated. Other than a few spiders, of the harmless variety, we haven't had any problems. There were a few black widow spiders in the garage... we squished 'em, they haven't been back (they don't like places where there is a lot of activity).

Oh... look for little scorpions in the garden, but if you don't mess with them, they won't mess with you.

I've yet to see a brown recluse in my 20+ years living here. Doesn't mean they aren't here... I just haven't seen one.

Cheers,
Diana
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:30 PM
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Thanks so much for the replies, I appreciate it. I have heard from friends in Florida that Palmettos and other large bugs often get into the house, and I was wondering if this also happens in the Atlanta area. (I'm just not used to that sort of thing, just some little flies, ants, or moths in the summer.) If so, can an exterminator keep them out?Thanks again.
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Old 06-21-2006, 10:30 PM
 
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Bugs are here, but it isn't too bad in subdivisions, towns, etc. Most of the issues arrive in the rural areas. Pest control really helps. But there are great bugs too. Tonight we just caught fire flies! So neat!
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Old 06-22-2006, 12:10 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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We forgot to mention the Anacondas that sometimes come up through the toilets.
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Canton, Georgia
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Oh pah-lease!!! LOL

(No anacondas, or any other snakes, in the toilets.)
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Ellijay, Ga
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No palmetto bugs in atlanta. Roaches only if you keep a very very messy house and never clean up food (assuming you have a new house where there were no previous residents to attract roaches). There are no ubiquitous insect problems in Atlanta. Just keep the house clean, the screens closed and spray inside about once a year, and you will have no problems.
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Old 08-10-2006, 03:01 PM
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Thank you JodyH48 (& others) for the good news. I appreciate it. I visited Atlanta & was so happy with how polite & helpful people were.
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