American Cockroaches/Palmetto Bugs | How to Get Rid of Them!

american cockroachesThe phone rings daily here at Island Pest Control with people who are having problems with American Cockroaches/Palmetto bugs.  Those are the large cockroaches so common to our coastal regions.

American Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and will probably be here long after we are gone.  They are highly adaptable and can subsist on a wide variety of food sources.

Many species of cockroaches are small, but the large ones, such as the Palmetto bugs, are the ones that people hate to see the most.

Palmetto bug is a common name given to any large cockroach, most often American Cockroach or Smokey Brown Cockroach. No other pest seems to gross people out more than seeing a 1-2 inch cockroach crawling across the floor or the kitchen counter!

You definitely don’t want these pests living inside your home or office. Not only are they unsightly, but they can pose a serious health problem if left untreated, including dysentery and poliomyelitis. They also give off allergens, similar to cat dander, that can trigger serious allergic reactions, especially in young children or the elderly.

Here are 4 things YOU can do to keep American Cockroaches/Palmetto bugs out of your home:

  • Seal cracks around pipes, vents, cracks, louvers and eaves.
  • Practice good sanitation by removing all food particles from the floor and countertops.
  • Do not leave pet food out for long periods of time.
  • Keep garbage in containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors

No one wants to see Palmetto bugs in or around their home.  It is not only unsightly, but it can be very embarrassing when friends or family are visiting.

If you have a problem with Palmetto bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call Island Pest Control at 843-681-5188 and ask for me, John Kaiser. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

John

PS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

Island Pest Control’s Residential Pest Control Services for Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort.

 

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