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Old 02-20-2007, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Hi-OK, Should we expect to see cockroaches as part of the scenery in our home if we are in an area like Summerville or Goose Creek or Mt. Pleasant?
Here on Long Island, you only get them in your home under certain conditions...but are they just "native" to these areas of SC? I can't stand those little buggers. It might sound silly to some, but I couldn't live with cockroaches--had a bad experience once!
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I lived in South Carolina for almost 30 years, and in my experience, the only folks who have cockroaches are the folks who do not keep a really clean house. I certainly never had any. Hope that calms your fears a bit. :-)
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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Can't say about SC, but in South Florida, normal to see one once in a while in even the cleanest house - unless you have a lawn treatment service.
I had a small problem here after hurricane season 2004-5 and again when I dug up the soil next to my house to plant a garden (several varieties of ants, too). Ack.

They live in the ground - well, under and in things that keep them hidden - pull up a rotting log or concrete flagstone...

Disruptions make all kinds of critters prefer your house. The more foliage you have around the house will effect what lives nearby. Keeping things as clean as you can will help...but you are fighting nature.

If it helps - I didn't see any roaches while I was there in Greenville...just an extraordinary amount of Yellow Jackets.
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Old 02-20-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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As with another recent post I made, let's differentiate between household pest roaches, such as the German cockroach, which can be kept at bay with a clean house; and the American cockroach, aka the Palmetto Bug, which will wander into the cleanest homes. The German roach is an indicator of a dirty home, or dirty neighbors (especially in apartments.) The Palmetto Bug is a whole lot bigger, but is for the most part just visiting. The bad thing about palmetto bugs is their inclination to fly....
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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In 14 months I have seen one Palmetto Bug, and it was taking a tour of the garage. When I lived in FL there were sightings almost daily, mostly outdoors.
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Old 02-20-2007, 05:25 PM
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We are moving down next month from NJ - does it pay to have someone come in and spray every couple of months?
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Old 02-20-2007, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Not if you're a good housekeeper moving to SC. Sounds like Florida might be a different story; I can't speak to that.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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Since we are on the subject of unwanted critters. What snakes are prevalent in the Greenville area? I know in NJ the garter snake is quite common & non-poisonous. Realy not to fond of ANY snake.

Dan
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Aiken, SC
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I lived in South Carolina for almost 30 years, and in my experience, the only folks who have cockroaches are the folks who do not keep a really clean house. I certainly never had any. Hope that calms your fears a bit. :-)
Where in SC? In the Low Country, "Palmetto Bugs" are ubiquitous. You'll see them on the street -- they can live indoors or out. While cleanliness will cut down the frequency of their appearance, you're still likely to see them inside, particularly if you live in an older house with cracks through which they might gain access.
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Where in SC? In the Low Country, "Palmetto Bugs" are ubiquitous. You'll see them on the street -- they can live indoors or out. While cleanliness will cut down the frequency of their appearance, you're still likely to see them inside, particularly if you live in an older house with cracks through which they might gain access.
I lived in the upstate area, so that probably accounts for my experience.
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