What are Palmetto Bugs?
Palmetto bugs, also known as the Florida woods cockroach is a species of bug quite large in size, sometimes growing up to 30-40 mm that is also capable of flying. The palmetto bugs are also named Florida’s skunk roach due to the foul smell the adult bugs can spread when they feel threatened. They can spread the bad smellingliquid of up to one meter, which is why having them in the house is very difficult to deal with.
They bear the name of “Palmetto” due to the fact that they prefer living under Palmetto tree leaves.
The Palmetto Bugs prefer damp locations and humid environment in general. They prefer living in dark spots, under tree leaves and in places where they can enjoy humidity and darkness. They can be found in warm states such as Florida, the coastal region of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Although they usually live outdoors, they can sometimes find their way in the houses of the people, usually looking for warmth.
They can be found in bathrooms or in basements. They are attracted most of all to leaking pipes in basements because it’s a humid and damp environment where they can reproduce in peace.
The Palmetto bugs have a fast cycle of reproduction. The females can lay 20-24 eggs once every eight days. The females can begin the reproduction process 55 days after having matured and the male can start fertilizing the females’ eggs 18 days after having matured. The eggs are then buried in the soil and in 50 days, the new generation will be born.
It is clear that the reproduction process happens quite rapidly and if not taken care of, the Palmetto bugs can multiply in excess and an infestation is not uncommon in the case that things aren’t really taken care of on time, when you begin to notice a bigger number of Palmetto bugs around your house, but also in it.
How to get rid of the Palmetto bugs
Since they reproduce quite fast and a new generation of bugs is born once every 50 days or so, an infestation is not only possible, but highly probable as well. There are certain things you can do to avoid this from happening. Without further ado, here are some of the most effective tips which can be used when it comes down to dealing with these annoying bugs:
- Contact your local pest exterminators to determine the best way to get rid of them if you feel that there are too many in your house and simply removing them from inside won’t do much;
- Check the bathrooms and the dark corners under or around leaking pipes in the basement. Be careful when approaching them, because the adults can shoot a foul smelling liquid that will spread all around the room;
- Check the doors and windows because they can enter the house through tiny spaces in search of the inside warmth and humid spaces;
Pete Kontakos is a blogger that discusses green tips and tricks, health and fitness. He also suggests Earth’s Best Pest Control Tampa for your organic pest control needs.