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Old 02-25-2006, 09:33 PM
 
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Default Bugs in Florida?

OK, I don't mean to sound cynical or naive but are there a lot of coackroaches around Punta Gorda, North Palm Beach, St Pete Beach, Palm Harbour, LongBoat Key or Tampa? I love the heat and don't mind humidity at all but I am quite scared of ****roaches. So are they like, all over, or is that just tales people tell? Thank you in advance for any and all comments.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:20 PM
 
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Yes. They are all over. But we arte happy to share.
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Old 02-26-2006, 03:32 PM
 
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Default Pesky little critters

Hi, there are a lot of bugs down here, but depending on where you live and how you live will determine how much you will have to tolerate the little critters. If you live in an apartment complex, most of them have a contract to have the apartments sprayed monthly. If you live in a private residence, and you keep a clean house and spray regularly as there are certain chemicals that you can get from the local feed stores that do control them and leave no residue and don't cost you an arm and a leg.

The key is to not leave things lying around, like sugar products, as you will get sugar ants...and they are pesky little critters..keep all your foods in sealed bags or containers,most of all don't leave paper products lying around for them to hide under.

I hate the critters, but there are ways to avoid them.
Good luck.
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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We have a new home with in-wall pest control and have never seen any type of roach or bug of any size within the house. But during some months of the year, I can't even go out to the mailbox without getting eaten alive. Giant grasshoppers sometimes hang out on the front door, as well. I can't go near any grass. And don't forget "Love Bug" season in May and September.

- Kat
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Old 02-27-2006, 06:45 PM
 
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Oh - it's not so bad. I live in an 80 year old home in St. Pete. We all just hire terminix to come over every quarter and spray. That will take care of most of the problem
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:47 AM
 
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That's the key: keeping up with your monthly or yearly bug prevention treatment. I never had any ****roaches here except I do get a palmetto bug or two in a year. They're huge and they don't bite or bother you. They're afraid of people. If you have a cat, you're in luck because my cat takes care of it. LOL

Most "pain in the b--TT" bugs are both mosquitoes and love bug. Mosquitoes - you can't go outside at night and enjoy. I go out in my backyard for 5 minutes (no spray) and next day, I got 20 mosquitoes bit on my legs! Love bug - two bugs having sex while flying! They're everywhere, but they don't hurt you. After they're done with sex, they died easily - poor thing! The season last a month, which falls on both May and September.

Another thing, you can't go barefooted in your yard - you'll get NASTY, painful bits from fireant. Sugar ant doesn't bite, but they're so tiny like pinhead and love to seek anything sweet in your kitchen cabient. Easy to get rid of em' by putting a drop or two in your cabient and it's gone within the hours.
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Old 03-03-2006, 10:43 AM
 
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in stuart there are quite a few roaches but they like it outdoors. its the silverfish you gotta watch out for.
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Old 03-03-2006, 10:57 AM
 
Location: H'wood, FL
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Default you ain't seen nothin' yet!

roaches are bad enough, but wait 'til you encounter, the dreaded, Palmetto Bugs! bigger than roaches & THEY FLY! they won't hurt you, but they'll startle you, BIG TIME!
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:02 AM
 
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I Hate Those Things!!!
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Old 03-05-2006, 08:17 AM
 
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Everyone can get bugs in their home.But if you want to keep them is another thing.I choose not to. I moved to St Pete almost 4 years ago, and like you heard all of the stories about the "BUGS in Florida". They're not bad. They do make you jump when you see the big flying ones. LOL !! I use "20 mule team borax" It's a laundy booster and is harmless to children and pets. But roaches don't like it and leave, and don't come back. I just sprinkle it{it's a powder} into the edges of the door ways and under the sink's any place a bug may try to hide.I have used this for many year's and have never had a bug problem. Good Luck on your move. I'm soo glad I found my paradise,
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