I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t have cockroaches, they’re just “palmetto bugs”. But are they really?
Since it’s officially summer and calls regarding roach control are on the rise, I thought I might shed some light on our friend the palmetto bug.
The palmetto bug is also known as the Florida woods cockroach and the truth is, you aren’t very likely to see one in your home. They are what Floridians find in their saw-palmetto fan palms and cabbage palms.
Old timers originally called the Eurycotis Floridana “palmetto bugs” when they were cutting and collecting heart of palm for food. The most identifying characteristic of the true palmetto bug is the foul smell it emits when disturbed. So, If it moves slowly and stinks when you squash it, then you might have actually seen a palmetto bug. Otherwise, we’re sorry to tell you, it’s probably a bacteria carrying, virus spreading cockroach!
Now that we have that straightened out, here are the 4 most common types of roaches you WILL find in Florida homes: Read the rest of this entry »