Palmetto Bug Fact
Originally from Africa, these cockroaches spend their days hiding under the safe and shaded leaves of palm trees. Their nickname is derived because they tend to stick close to palmetto plants as well – which are also native African species!
The American Palmetto Bug (also known by other nicknames like waterbugs or flying water bugs) was an accidental introduction into America through trade with Africa in early 1800s. These pests prefer shady areas such as those found at palms where you can find them sticking tight against your home foundations seeking a cool reprieve on hot summer evenings.
Palmetto Bug Bites
Palmetto bugs are the cockroaches that you don’t want to meet. They’re not as big or aggressive and they’ll never bite a human on purpose, but given an infestation of these pests when there is no other food available for them, palmetto bug bites can happen by sheer accident. If you do get bit by one at this point in time though, then it’s nothing more than just your skin getting nibbled on–nothing too serious!
Palmetto bugs are disgusting and dangerous to humans because of their tendency to hide in unsanitary areas like sewers, drains, decaying food scraps and animals. These cockroaches can easily contaminate kitchen counters, clean dishes and even food due the fact that they eat these things. The most common illnesses people get from palmetto bugs is digestive diseases which includes vomiting stomach cramps or diarrhea as well as some other symptoms such as allergic reactions including sneezing rashes or asthma attacks
Palmetto Bugs carry a variety disease-causing pathogens ranging from being harmless but still unpleasant (digestive) all the way up to life threatening (asthma). Palmetto Bug’s diet consists mainly of fecal matter.
Palmetto Bug Infestation
Palmetto bugs are drawn to moist, dark spaces so they often congregate in large numbers and hide under palm leaves or even inside your home. The foundation of houses is prime real estate for roach infestations–a single bug can lay up to 50 eggs at a time!
Palmeto bugs love damp, dark places that make them feel safe from predators like humans and if you’re lucky enough not to have any around the house yet it’s only because they haven’t found an ideal place just yet. Some popular hiding spots include but aren’t limited too-under leafs on trees near pools beneath shrubs climbing poles sticking out of walls along with other smaller things such as pipes leading into siding.
When night falls, the palmetto bug will emerge from its hiding place and search for food. Unlike other cockroaches, they will eat almost anything whether it’s a discarded bit of food or glue on book bindings. They especially love sweet and starchy foods like fruit peelings in garbage cans. These resilient insects can live without water or sustenance for up to three months!
Female palmetto bugs can make one egg capsule of 14 to 16 eggs each week and lay anywhere from 15-90 capsules in their lifetime. The females will usually hide the small, dark brown capsule near food sources for its young which hatch within two months after hatching. Newly hatched nymphs are a grayish color that gradually becomes more brown as they molt 9-13 times before maturing into adulthood (which is sometimes 1 year or longer!).
Types of Palmetto Bugs
Palmetto Bug Identification
Among the types of roaches that infest homes, palmetto bugs are by far the largest. These reddish brown cockroaches can grow to be as long as 1.5 inches or more. Males and females have wings on them too.
Many bugs are called ‘palmetto bugs,’ including cockroach, Florida woods cockroach, waterbug and Croton bug.
Palmetto Bugs In The Home & The Apartment
When outside conditions are unsuitable, these insects will migrate indoors. Palmetto bugs often hide in dark and damp places like basements, sewers, crawl spaces and drains.
Palmetto bugs are not seen during the day. But they can be at night. They can also live in your home. If you see a pest, call the bug man! Palmetto bugs give off a smell that is like musty pepper flakes, or what is called “musty pepper.” You will know when you see.
Frequently Asked Questions About American Cockroaches
Do palmetto bugs bite?
American cockroaches are unlikely to bite humans, though they may nip at fingernails, lashes or hair.
Do palmetto bugs fly?
Both males and females have wings. They can fly short distances if they are launching from the top of a building or tree. It is rare to see them flying when it is cold because the thermometer will be less than 85°F.
What attracts palmetto bugs?
American cockroaches like to live in warm, wet areas. This means that you will usually find them around sewers, under sinks or your bathtub drain.
Benefits of Professional Palmetto Bug Pest Control
A cockroach management professional knows how to get rid of roaches. They have the skills, equipment and education that you do not. They can find the palmetto bugs and treat them. Roach bombs might not work but a pest management professional has done this before, so they know how to fix it.