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Old 07-12-2008, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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It doesn't matter what you have in your yard. Those things are everywhere. And yes, it IS a nice name for a cockroach. But I'd rather have one "palmetto bug" than one german roach any day of the week.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:34 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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What we call palmetto bugs are really American cockroachs but they are not the same as the German ones.

They mostly come up from your pipes so even spraying wont completly keep them out. They love dark moist areas, most of the time I have seen them was after a heavy rain or a cold snap.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:40 PM
 
Location: NY/ FL
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They are roaches. I know that, I think that is the biggest problem I have, is knowing they are roaches period! In NY, if you had roaches, you basically needed to clean better. But here, you get bugs no matter how clean you are. It's nuts!!! Believe me, I have gotten A LOT more tolerant of bugs since moving here, but they still give me the heebie geebies!
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Actually the Florida woods Cockroach was originally called a Palmetto Bug because it did in fact live under old Palmetto leaves.

The American Cockroach then took over that name.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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what I hate more then Those palmettos are the damn ghost ants!
What are ghost ants?
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You mean sugar ants?
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:34 AM
 
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OMG. I am reading this post and freaking out because I am moving from a place that is (relatively) bug free (CA) and the variety, size and behavior does not sound appealing. I have small kids and don't think bug spray in my house is a good thing.

Last edited by MrsGHenderson; 08-08-2009 at 06:35 AM.. Reason: add parenthesis for clarity
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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OMG. I am reading this post and freaking out because I am moving from a place that is (relatively) bug free (CA) and the variety, size and behavior does not sound appealing. I have small kids and don't think bug spray in my house is a good thing.
Mrs. Henderson you are in for a rude awakening. This place is loaded with bugs. The palmetto roaches( they are roaches ) are the worst.

You also have to be careful when you go to the mailbox, never, ever stick your hand in there without looking first.

Bugs and spiders everywhere.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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One other thing Mrs. H they're always spraying here for bugs. JMO, but I think it has something to do with the stupidity rate which you will find is much higher here. I have seem more idiotic behavior in FL than anywhere else. It could very well be connected with the bug spray and what is going in the groundwater.

All kidding aside, I do worry about humans being exposed to so much bug spray. I have seen them come in restaurants and spray while people are eating. Imagine them trying to do that in CA? I don't think so.

But they're spraying for bugs here pretty much year round. It cannot be healthy.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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When I lived in Kissimmee, I once rented a room in a house that was infested w/roaches ( both kind ).
I kept a can of black flag and put down about 5 roach traps (my room looked like I drive) in my room. After about a week the roaches stayed out of my room. Got to the point when I could just pick them off individually whenever one had the audacity to enter my room.

If you REALLY wanna see a roach fest try blowing out drains and gutters at Universal studios with a pressur washer @ 4:00 am in the morning!
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