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Old 02-04-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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So Im too scared to leave my house after some of the previous threads on gators. Now I can't stay inside either, after two recent palmetto bug sightings!

Ok ok, I know they are really called American cockroaches. But palmetto bug sounds so much nicer.

We had the yard sprayed after our indoor only cats got fleas. Crazy, that never happened in NC! Anyway, I am wondering if that prompted a few of the palmetto bugs to seek refuge inside? What is the deal with these guys? How do I know if I have a few stragglers or a whole infestation hidden somewhere? What can I do to keep them away?

What is the deal wih Florida and all of the crazy "wildlife"??? I guess that one is a rhetorical question. I do like the birds . . .
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Palmettos generally prefer the great outdoors over the inside of a home, but once they establish in side you must deal with them directly.

I would follow these steps to eradicate them.

1. Visit a do-it-yourself pest control shop. Get a bomb they recommend for palmettos. These bombs will kill the living and leave behind a growth inhibitor to stop further increases in bug population.

2. Get a supply of DEMON from the same shop and apply it everywhere you can spray, especially around baseboards, in cabinets, in any wet damp areas in your house like under the kitchen sink.

3. Follow up with DEMON on a monthly schedule.

Results. No bugs!



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So Im too scared to leave my house after some of the previous threads on gators. Now I can't stay inside either, after two recent palmetto bug sightings!

Ok ok, I know they are really called American cockroaches. But palmetto bug sounds so much nicer.

We had the yard sprayed after our indoor only cats got fleas. Crazy, that never happened in NC! Anyway, I am wondering if that prompted a few of the palmetto bugs to seek refuge inside? What is the deal with these guys? How do I know if I have a few stragglers or a whole infestation hidden somewhere? What can I do to keep them away?

What is the deal wih Florida and all of the crazy "wildlife"??? I guess that one is a rhetorical question. I do like the birds . . .
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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1. you should not be scared of gators, or snakes or roaches
2. hire a professional pest control service. If you see 2 roaches, chances are your home is infested, you need to get it taken care of, most of the time you killing 1 or 2 will not help your problem.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Why pay a pro when you can DIY?.

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1. you should not be scared of gators, or snakes or roaches
2. hire a professional pest control service. If you see 2 roaches, chances are your home is infested, you need to get it taken care of, most of the time you killing 1 or 2 will not help your problem.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Why pay a pro when you can DIY?.
Because chances are, if the OP does a DIY job, it's not going to be effective.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Its not rocket science. You turn on the bomb(s), you sweep up the dead bugs, you apply a spray on water based chemical (DEMON) and you have just done what the pros do. Want to use a higher strength of chemical, just don't add as much water to the DEMON.


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Because chances are, if the OP does a DIY job, it's not going to be effective.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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I dont know why people do pest control around here, its really not bad. In the year and a half I've lived in this house, i've seen a total of 4 Palmetto bugs and maybe 3 spiders.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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The OP mentioned that they own cats. The problem should be self-correcting.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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How do I know if I have a few stragglers or a whole infestation hidden somewhere? What can I do to keep them away?

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If you are really quiet you'll hear them pitter pattering over linoleum at night or go into your kitchen at night and turn on the lights,if you have these monster roaches that will be the best time to see them.
Getting rid of them usually requires much use of pesticides which may not bode well for the cats....
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Castle Rock, Co
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I just go to the DIY pest store, spray around the outside of the home and around doors and windows inside and I very rarely get any bugs inside.... Outside is a whole other story.
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