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Old 02-01-2013, 05:17 AM
 
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I'm currently living in Ct, but I am tired of the cold and the snow!!!!!
So, I'm planning to move to Florida, but, I hate roaches too!!!!
And I have heard that Florida is full of them.
If you live in Florida, can you tell me if is possible to find a place without them or if I move to a place with them, is it possible to get rid of them with some measures like boric acid?

I really want to move; I visited Florida last year for two weeks and I absolutely loved it!
I donít want some ugly nasty creatures to stop me, but to me honest, Iím terrified of them!

Thank you in advance for your honest answers,

Rosa
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast FL
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And they're really big here too! I've only seen a couple of roaches which rode in on something from the store and then promptly died. I would assume that apartments have exterminators, but we have a house. Some people do fine treating their dwelling themselves, but we have an exterminator who comes out every 6 months. He treats inside the walls and around the house. Well worth the price. I was told they have chemicals that you can't just buy in a store and he claims they're safe for pets and children. It's rare that I see a bug in the house other than the occasional fly and I hate bugs too. I wouldn't let this stop you.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:22 AM
 
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Your chances of seeing them diminish greatly if you're clean and live in a single family home. You can be spotless while living in attached housing but if your neighbors are filthy hoarders nothing you do will work. If you keep your floors and countertops clean, don't leave food out uncovered and dispose of/store trash properly you'll most likely rarely see one. I use Terminix who comes every three months to treat the outside of the house, which seems to work quite well. I'm no fan of roaches either and have found a great way to deal with the random appearances. Get yourself a good Dustbuster handheld vacuum and when one shows up just suck it up....works great for spiders too! They simply suffocate inside and get disposed of later.

*** Forgot to mention if living in a single family home. Roaches love the moist environment of shredded mulch that gets placed around shrubs in your yard and having it in particular right up against your house is an open invitation to bringing them in (spiders too). I replaced my mulch with stones and it made all the difference.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Broward County FL
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Those little roach traps work. The little black ones that they get into, especially the ones that say it takes the poison to the other roaches because I don't think the big ones can get in there. Otherwise move into a place that has an exterminator come once a month.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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I didn't know Florida had roaches, only those little lizards things, which are scarier to me than a roach
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Sorry, but anyone who is squeamish about bugs, lizards, snakes, frogs, or rodents shouldn't even think about Florida. And if you're into water sports you have to take sharks, rays, jellyfish, red tide, alligators, snakes, and amoebas into consideration. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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Oops! Forgot about crocodiles....

Crocodiles make comeback in south Florida | Fox News
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I didn't know Florida had roaches, only those little lizards things, which are scarier to me than a roach
We have a lot of roaches in Florida Of course they are less visable than lizards, but if you end up in the wrong home, you will see a few daily. The lizards are just an inconvenience when they get inside your home but you know they will die or leave if you are unable to get a hold of them. The roach? The roach will multiply and cause sanitary issues with their disgusting feces.

I think newer homes tend to have less bug issues, the problem is they are usually not located in the more central areas

I don't know if I would live in a condo, but I have seen plenty of newer condos roach free. Cleaning,raid exterminators help too but if your condo neighbors are filthy good luck.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I have to agree with the others. Insects, bugs, creatures are just part of living in Florida. You have to remember parts of it are still a swamp. Being cleaning, living in a single family detached home, having your yard sprayed regularly will all help in keeping things away. I rarely ever see a roach ... Some people have problems with them though. Maybe the OP should live close to the coast, in a High Rise where they spray regularly.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast FL
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Sorry, but anyone who is squeamish about bugs, lizards, snakes, frogs, or rodents shouldn't even think about Florida.
I hate most bugs, snakes and rodents and I'm doing really well here. I even hike with the scouts! The banana spiders do really freak me out though. No getting around that. Lizards and frogs are cute though. I have to say that with good extermination in the house, the rest is very manageable and I don't think one should necessarily rule out Florida because of bugs. Oh, and I keep a fly swatter in the car to swat spiders in case there's one on the inside of the windshield. It's hard to drive with a spider crawling across your field of vision just waiting for the right moment to devour you.
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