Dealing with Palmetto Bugs

Palmetto bugs: everyone knows them, few like them. As Floridians, these intimidating pests are something that many of us must inevitably face. Some individuals may have luck with do-it-yourself palmetto bug control, such as baiting techniques and certain insecticides. If you’re unsure what type of roach is a problem, or you’ve gotten poor results from past do-it-yourself techniques, call a pest control professional like the team at Guarantee Floridian. They can help identify the exact scope and nature of the problem and put together a surefire elimination strategy.

What Are Palmetto Bugs?

Palmetto bugs are also referred to as the Florida woods cockroach. In terms of cockroach size, they’re on the larger side. Most adult palmetto bugs measure roughly one-and-a-half to two inches long. They love Florida due to the humid weather and abundance of damp land areas in the state. In the wild, they mostly make their homes in areas like trees, foliage, and sheltered areas outdoors. This explains why they’re naturally attracted to damper areas in our homes, like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Palmetto Bug Facts

Take a look at some facts about these creepy crawlies:

  • Palmetto bugs (and other cockroaches) can react to a puff of air in 8.2 milliseconds
  • They can travel 20 miles per hour, or 80 centimeters per second
  • They can eat virtually anything, some able to go up to six weeks between eating
  • They are deaf, but extremely sensitive to detecting wind and vibrations

Palmetto Bug Risks

Like other types of cockroaches and other pests, palmetto bugs carry the risk of transmitting certain types of bacteria and disease. They may be carriers of dangerous diseases like salmonella. They also frequently shed their skin and legs, which settle around the home. For some individuals, this may trigger certain allergic reactions or asthma.

Tips to Avoid Palmetto Bugs

There are some tips that everyone can take to help decrease the incidence of palmetto bugs, such as:

  • Removing as much debris and mulch as possible from a home or building’s perimeter
  • Trim leaves and branches so that they are not touching the sides of a home or building
  • Refraining from leaving out your pet’s food bowl overnight, as this attracts palmetto bugs
  • Disposing of garbage in sealed bags and sealed bins with lids to avoid a palmetto bug buffet
  • Maintaining weather stripping and screens so that they have less opportunities to enter
  • Removing any clutter from both inside and outside areas, as this encourages them to hang around

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