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Old 05-29-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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Somewhat new to the area. In the last 8 months, as a sort of vagabond, I have stayed in probably over 20 hotels and apartments, average of a few weeks each, in the Tampa Bay area. Before coming to this state, I'd heard legends about the huge cockroaches here and, since I have an irrational fear of roaches instilled by past long-term heavy infestations thanks to hoarder neighbors, I was nervous about encountering these huge things, wondering if I'd have a panic attack or something.

A couple of the motels had a few roaches--gross but nothing serious. The first apartment I stayed in had no bug problems.

The second had tiny fleas all over the bathroom sink and a huge yet cute infestation of lizards on the front porch that got into the house sometimes (and possibly ate some bugs).

The third had termites, and I saw a couple dead cockroaches. Also had about 100 super-spiders outside the house constantly building 5-foot webs that I'd accidentally walk through in the dark every night. They were in the right place, though, because the bushes were, for some reason, the home of another 100 or so wasps and bees and flies, so walking from the house to the car became an obstacle course, ducking under webs and swatting flies and darting away from wasps.

The fourth had some ants in the bathroom, and I saw one silverfish, one regular small roach, and then I spotted my first big fat living cockroach. Cut to close-up of my face and a slow-motion "NOOOOO!!" I did panic a little, but luckily it was the only one so far. You definitely wouldn't want these guys to take over your house, just burn it down if it comes to that. And, yes, pest control must be an amenity here too, because the other day a pest control guy randomly knocked on my door and asked if I required his services. Haha.

I'd heard about infestations in Florida--especially cockroaches--so I altered my expectations accordingly. Thank gods my experiences with bugs here have been minimal and under control. Just keep doing research before moving anywhere, expect that you will have occasional encounters with bugs but that they can be kept under control, and honor our heroes the pest control people.

Last edited by madmermaid; 05-29-2013 at 11:49 AM..
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