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The Truth About Palmetto Bugs in Southwest Florida

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On June 27th

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t have cockroaches, they’re just “palmetto bugs”. But are they really?

Florida Woods Cockroach aka Palmetto Bug

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 »

Could your home have termites?

You may not be aware of subterranean termites in your home until they’ve caused severe damage, reducing floor joists and load-bearing beams to the equivalent of cardboard.

That’s why it’s extremely rewarding when we’re able to protect against a termite infestation with early detection during a routine inspection!

Recently our service tech, Chip Beatty, was inspecting for ants in the shrubs outside a home in Fort Myers, when he stumbled across live termites feeding on an ixoria plant. Once identified, he notified the homeowners and explained the threat subterranean termites pose to their home. Read the rest of this entry »