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Old 05-28-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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What is the deal with these flying cockroaches? They are all over the trees and flying around like crazy. I have had THREE of them in my house and it grosses me out.

Is everybody else having this problem or am I the target of some kind of plague?

20yrsinBranson
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Not on the same page as most
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Hey 20 yrs,

We live in South Central Mo, and don't seem to be having that problem...ticks on the other hand I'm a newcomer to the area, so not sure what those flying cockroaches could be. Only guess would be locusts. Hope someone can enlighten us both.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Palmetto bugs? Has it been unusually rainy in your area lately? I had them in Memphis, they liked the damp under my crawl space and always got worse after a lot of rain or a sudden cold snap. Boric acid helps, as does sealing as many openings and cracks as you can.
What is a Palmetto Bug?
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Palmetto bugs? Has it been unusually rainy in your area lately? I had them in Memphis, they liked the damp under my crawl space and always got worse after a lot of rain or a sudden cold snap. Boric acid helps, as does sealing as many openings and cracks as you can.
What is a Palmetto Bug?
Well, well, well. They sure DO LOOK LIKE Palmetto bugs. So does that mean they aren't cockroaches? Or is Palmetto Bug just a nice politically correct name LOL. It's been very rainy and muggy and hot and humid. Just what a Florida type bug would like, for sure....

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Old 06-04-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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They will calm down with time. We just take them ourside ,I CANT' STAND TO SQAUSH one .

Use boric acid with sugar and seal your house good .

Years ago we had Brown Recluse spiders jumping round our living room at night, these things are dangerous ! I was holding grandbaby and one bounced down ran up and across my naked leg , thats when we called bug man . I almost chunked that baby getting that thing off my lap . They are very aggressive they will acually chase you to bite you , half my nieces calf is gone because of brown recluse bite . So water or palmetto bugs don't really bother me that much .!
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Palmetto bugs are roaches on steroids, lol!
They're a roach but unlike most roaches they aren't always an indication of slovenly housekeeping, since they usually prefer to live outdoors and not in peoples houses. I've heard that having lots of trees, shrubs, or wood mulch too close to your house can contribute to the problem.
I didn't have a real problem with them in the house most of the time, mostly a few would wander in when the weather caused them to seek shelter I guess.
They are a lot bigger than a typical house roach, and they definitely fly when you try to smack them or spray them. Icky things.
Unfortunately they seem to like to fly at you and it almost feels like they're attacking. DD has been terrified of them ever since one flew at her and got tangled for a minute in her long hair. I thought she was going to scream the house down.
I haven't seen any since I moved from Memphis thank heavens.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:07 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Thank goodness I haven't seen any around here yet-SW MO also. I've been told the ants are really bad in houses this year. We have an exterminator come several times a year and that seems to have helped a lot-no ants in the house here! (cross fingers)
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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Thank goodness I haven't seen any around here yet-SW MO also. I've been told the ants are really bad in houses this year. We have an exterminator come several times a year and that seems to have helped a lot-no ants in the house here! (cross fingers)

Exterminators kill the good bugs along with the bad ones . I think it may be one reason we have lost so many bees , Without bees how do we pollinate our food ?

We fight with them too but it's like flies and mosquito can't kill them all . I use borax,sugar or shovel them to each others mounds and they kill each other or move .
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