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Old 02-18-2013, 06:42 AM
 
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I'm talking about the big ones that crawl in the streets...waterbugs,American cockroach,big mamma jammers whatever.
Why od some states have them as a part of their ecosystem,namely the south.

Reason I'm asking,I don't want to visit a state and see those things..my vacation will be ruined.
Also,I was looking at the Delaware boards,and even the dirtiest of people don't have them(so they said).
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:05 AM
 
Location: MD suburbs of DC
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Haven't see them in Maryland. I know that states in the Deep South have a lot of them (South Carolina, Georgia, etc.), and they were pretty abundant in New York City.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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A roach will ruin your entire vacation?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Stay away from Florida, they're everywhere. All over our streets, in trees and bushes, inside homes and businesses...hotels included. Many a Jersey-ite has come to visit only to be reduced to whimpering and rocking in a corner chanting "there's no place like home"....
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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There are cockroaches in every state, but they are more common in warm, humid places like the gulf coast. They are least common in the northern plains and rocky mountains but can still exist indoors there. Alaska is probably your best bet.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Roaches do not observe state l lines. They occur in some places and not in others, irrespective of what state they are in.

I'm sure there are many places in Texas that have roaches, but Victoria is not one of them, even though we are only 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. However, Tallahassee, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia, have plenty, and at a similar latitude and proximity to the Gulf.

By the way, the big ones that gallop through the streets are not considered to be "problem" roaches. It's the little ones that scurry out of your sink when you tarn on the kitchen lights that are a problem. Wiki offers this kitchen cockroach deterrent:

An inexpensive roach trap can easily be made from a deep, smooth-walled jar with some roach food inside, placed with the top of the jar touching a wall or with sticks (outside the jar) leading up to the top, so the roaches can reach the opening. Once inside, they cannot climb back out. An inch or so of water or stale beer (by itself a roach attractant) will ensure they drown.

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:02 AM
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Location: Wonderland
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I live in northeast Texas and though we do have some large cockroaches, I rarely see them. I mean, I HAVE seen them in damp places, but not that often.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Up North
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waterbugs
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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Stay away from Florida, they're everywhere. All over our streets, in trees and bushes, inside homes and businesses...hotels included. Many a Jersey-ite has come to visit only to be reduced to whimpering and rocking in a corner chanting "there's no place like home"....
I have a real phobia about them,and I don't want to trigger up any other mental illness I have(panic attacks).
That's what I'm talking about. I probably won't get to visit Florida in this lifetime. I've heard thousands come out at night.
I've been to South Carolina,but luckily for me,I didn't have my glasses on.
Drives me nuts. I didn't see one in Nyc,but then again I probably was too distracted.

So the I might go for a place that mimics Florida,namely Arizona.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I have a real phobia about them,and I don't want to trigger up any other mental illness I have(panic attacks).
That's what I'm talking about. I probably won't get to visit Florida in this lifetime. I've heard thousands come out at night.
I've been to South Carolina,but luckily for me,I didn't have my glasses on.
Drives me nuts. I didn't see one in Nyc,but then again I probably was too distracted.

So the I might go for a place that mimics Florida,namely Arizona.
Arizona has scorpions and tarantulas. Granted, they are more likely to be found in the outerlying suburbs that were until recently open desert, but they make their way into developed areas. We lived in a 1990s subdivision in the well developed Phoenix suburb of Glendale a few years ago and we found two live scorpions in our garage. Others report finding them inside their homes, but in our case, we have two house cats, and scorpions are supposed to be deadly afraid of cats for some reason and avoid them.

I don't honestly think that you can go anywhere warm without there being some kind of risk of creepy crawlys, it comes with the package of living somewhere that either doesn't get a hard freeze or, in the case of Arizona, was largely unsettled due to the harsh desert conditions until modern A/C and water processing were developed.
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