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Old 12-14-2009, 02:59 PM
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Palmetto's prefer warm surroundings. I tell ya, I when I first moved to FL I threw a shoe at one.

Little bugger threw it back!

Originally Posted by Haai View Post
I find that they come into my apartment more often between October and March, because of the cooler weather. There was one time when I was unlucky enough to find one thrashing around bellyside-up next to my pillow. Did a great job waking me up, though.

I just squish them when I see them. They're fast buggers, though, so you have to be quick on your feet to hit them.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:28 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I think you may be an exception to the rule. Most people living in FL, or other places along the Gulf Coast have plenty of experience with Palmetto bugs.
I primarily came across them outside, but sometimes I would find one in the house, usually when the ground was very wet or very cold. I think that's a typical experience for lot of people there.
It doesn't help to live in a older house that is not very well sealed. I can also say I've seen the buggers race me into the house when I open the front door after coming home from work in the evening. Guess the bushes by the front door weren't warm enough for them sometimes...

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Old 12-16-2009, 05:22 PM
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Buy the big roach traps and spead them around. I've found they are very effective.
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