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Old 07-15-2006, 09:51 PM
 
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Question How are the Insects in Orlando

I recently interviewed for a job in Orlando. But, I noticed a lot of screened in sun porches on the houses. How bad are the insects and what types are prevalent?
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Old 07-16-2006, 01:35 AM
 
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Default Insects in Orlando

I used to live in FL (currently in CA), but my family still lives in the Orlando area. The bugs are....let's see, how can I put this....HUGE. Palmetto bugs (giant roaches that have wings and can fly!), mosquitos (the state bird), June bugs (more of a nuisance than anything else - you will find them on the grill of your car should you decide to drive down there), and the usual flies, bees and wasps, ants (lots of those), etc. The screened in patio thing is nice, because you can sit on your patio on a summer night and stick your tongue out at the mosquitos who are on the other side wishing they could get in there to have a bite. Hope this helps!
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Old 07-16-2006, 06:42 AM
 
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I recently interviewed for a job in Orlando. But, I noticed a lot of screened in sun porches on the houses. How bad are the insects and what types are prevalent?

Mesquitos! Screen porches are great. Palmetto bugs (commonly known as cockroaches) are plentiful. However, I have a great exterminator that comes quarterly for a total cost of $210 a year and rarely see a live bug.
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Old 07-30-2006, 11:20 PM
 
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I almost never see a bug and we swim at night with no pool screen. I guess it depends on your location and what kind of bug treatment is done.
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Old 07-31-2006, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Oh yes, plametto bugs so big, they can swallow you! LOL... just kidding.

They are much bigger then the roaches you see elsewhere, however if you take care of your grass and spray you will not have a problem with insects.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:05 AM
 
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So the palmetto bugs are as big or bigger as water bugs, correct? And thanks for clearing up that you don't see alot of them when you have an exterminator come out! That reassures me.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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One good tip is to avoid putting dense landscaping that provides dark shaded pockets during the day. Often times those are the places that serve as mega cities to the insects to hide during the day. Than at night they come out and can be a real nuisance. Also avoid leaving standing water around.
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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Ants and palmetto bugs seem to be the worst problem in Orlando. At least the ones that get into your house.
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:00 PM
 
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So the palmetto bugs are as big or bigger as water bugs, correct? And thanks for clearing up that you don't see alot of them when you have an exterminator come out! That reassures me.

You can goto home depot and do your own bug control and probably better then the company's that charge you an arm and leg.
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:40 PM
 
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Do "mist off" systems really work? We will be looking at a house that uses that. There is a pool/patio, but no screen.
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