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Old 10-06-2016, 09:15 PM
Location: Ohio, USA
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Probably Montana in the contiguous 48.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Jay F View Post
I have seen a few here in central WA which is a desertish part of the state. Yet they are tiny, around 10% of the size of the huge roaches I would frequently see when I lived in Las Vegas.
Ya I should have put that caveat in there saying western WA. I wouldn't have been surprised if they were on the other side of the mountains since it's warmer and Rattlesnakes and other creatures are there that aren't on our side
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by annie_himself View Post
I was in Chicago and didn't see a single one. Surely don't move to NOLA because they are everywhere.
yeah, I read this and realized that I've been here in the middle of the city for 15 years and I don't actually think I've ever seen a roach except one time in 2004 in my office building we found one.

Rats for sure, but not roaches.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:12 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I had roaches when I lived in the South, SE. That was the only place. Never had one in the North, Mid-Atlantic, central California, or hot and dry.
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:36 AM
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I get the large flying roaches in my house and on the porch here in the San Antonio area. They are some durable suckers.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Texas Ag 93 View Post

Had them when we lived in Wichita Falls- my 8 month old daughter had just learned to crawl and ate a dead one on our porch. When I looked over and saw a nasty roach leg sticking out of her mouth, I thought I would throw up. My husband wasn't home, so I had to dig it out of her mouth.
Thats outrageous! How did you and her cope after this episode?
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:42 PM
Location: New Mexico
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Some just follow people so if you have neighbors or someone who isn't on top of it you might see some. There's a "wild" variety in the Midwest that live outside most of the year around bird feeders and other food sources...they try to come in when it gets too cold. My daughter lived in a duplex where a little old lady neighbor fed the birds and squirrels. One day she had about a thousand in the basement garage but not in the house. I've never seen any here in New Mexico's high desert. (scorpions keep them under control?)
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Old 02-20-2017, 06:01 PM
Location: Minneapolis
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They are rare in Minneapolis. I've never seen one in a house or apartment or heard of anyone who had an issue with them. The only time I've seen them here was when I was working in a restaurant in the Mall of America. Apparently they were an exotic species that hitched a ride on produce cases. They were impossible to eliminate in the mall because it was so big, if one restaurant was sprayed they would just go elsewhere in the building. It is big enough that is is basically a self contained ecosystem.
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:50 PM
Location: Chicagoland
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In Chicago, I've never seen a cockroach in a kitchen, a lizard on a bedroom wall, a poisonous snake in the woods, an alligator in a parking garage, a black bear in a yard, or a shark in the water - but I've seen all these things in other areas.

Chicago isn't so bad - we just have rats here. Last week, I saw one get run over by a car.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:20 PM
Location: Washington State desert
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In Washington State, never seen one in my living space, both western and eastern part of the State. Which is odd because the climate is quite different from Western to Eastern Washington. I don't think they like WA's climate in general. So good for them, and good for us.
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