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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Stoddard


According to research, there are at least 4000 cockroaches species in the world. Some of these cockroaches are sometimes called palmetto bugs. However, not all cockroaches are palmetto bugs. This article aims to point out the slight differences between a cockroach and a palmetto bug via a question and answer technique.

What are Palmetto bugs?

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Cockroaches are mostly referred to as palmetto bugs in certain countries for a particular reason. The people in the United State's southeastern region use the term "Palmetto Bugs" instead of Cockroaches, as is applicable in Florida. Palmetto Bug is used frequently and loosely in Florida; however, a Palmetto Bug is not a real bug. It is a generally used nickname for the American Cockroach. The hospitality industry adopted the term Palmetto Bug as an excellent way to avoid the word Cockroach. Many northerners do not have large American Cockroaches in the northern region. When they first experience this large American Cockroach, it strikes fear. The hospitality dubbed the term Palmetto Bug to ease travelers' minds. These are some other types of Cockroaches that have also been called Palmetto bugs or Water Bugs;

Why are some of these cockroaches called 'Palmetto Bugs"?

To answer this question right, we must understand the meaning of the word "Palmetto." Palmetto is a fan-shaped tropical leaf. The southeastern region and other locations of the United States of America have many palm leaves in its areas. The Cockroaches in that region live in these palm trees. For this reason, the people there refer to the cockroaches as a Palmetto bug.

Are there possibilities of Palmetto bugs or cockroaches entering my house because of trees?

Simply the best answer to this question is "Yes," especially if the trees are planted close to your house. The cockroaches can access the inside of your home through trees or any openings.

What can I do to keep the cockroaches away?

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In general, it is a great challenge to manage cockroach infestation in your home, so it is best to keep them away from your house completely. To get rid of cockroaches, you need to search the exterior of your house. Look out for any possible cracks or openings and seal them. Cockroaches love to hide in homes because of the constant access to food and water. Consequently, it is essential to sanitize your house and keep every area clean. Pay particular attention to the kitchen and food storage areas. Other ways of reducing cockroaches include disposing of still water, trimming expanded tree branches, and changing the outdoor color. This is because the yellow bug light helps reduced insects from the house.

What are the other type of cockroaches aside from palmetto bugs?

Some cockroaches live both indoors and outdoors. They do not have their habitats in the pal leaves or trees but inside a house. An example of this type of Cockroach is the GERMAN COCKROACH. This Cockroach prefers to live indoors, especially in the storage, food prep, bathroom, or kitchen areas. The German Cockroach can form a colony or a large population of cockroaches within a short period. They reproduce fast. For instance, a German cockroach can create a colony of 20,000 roaches in less than a year.

How do I get Rid Of Palmetto Bugs?

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It is crucial to exterminate your home from cockroaches' infestation as soon as possible to safeguard the health of your loved ones. Cockroaches are bacteria carriers, and they can contaminate your food, causing illness in the home. Cockroaches also have a foul odor. Therefore, it is advisable to use preventive methods against the roaches or engage a pest control professional to prevent severe roach infestation in your home.

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