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Palmetto Bugs vs Cockroaches: What’s the Difference?

Depending on where you’re at and who you ask, you could point to the same exact bug and have two people call it two very different names: palmetto bug or cockroach. In today’s blog, our exterminator talks a little bit about palmetto bugs, how they differ from cockroaches, and other species palmetto bugs are falsely identified as. Many people are of the school of thought that they don’t care what type of bug it is and they just want it gone. If this is the case for you, don’t hesitate to contact us at Dave’s Pest Control for our exterminator services. No matter where you are in Flagler or Volusia county, we can help you get rid of roaches (or palmetto bugs) quickly and completely. 

What is a Palmetto Bug?

Simply put, the palmetto bug is a roach, but a roach isn’t necessarily a palmetto bug. Much like a Kleenex is a tissue, but not every tissue is a Kleenex. The term palmetto bug is commonly used to identify any cockroach in the Southeastern United States. However, the palmetto bug is actually a species of cockroach. Cockroaches encompass thousands of species and palmetto bug is one specific species of pest. Palmetto bugs are technically the American Cockroach but got their nickname from the leaves of the palmetto tree where they live. 

Palmetto bugs are large roaches in comparison to many of their cockroach relatives. They are also generally dark brown in color, are winged, and have markings just behind their heads that are two colored circles that resemble sunglasses. Palmetto bugs generally prefer damp environments very different from inside most homes. It’s not unheard of for palmetto bugs to be in a home, but typically people have a problem with them outside their home around their property. If you have palmetto bugs in your home or on your property, contact our exterminators at Dave’s Pest Control today. 

The German Cockroach

The German cockroach is the most common cockroach that people find in their homes. Their ideal environment is a kitchen, bathroom, or any area where food is stored or prepared. They also can go from one or two cockroaches to an entire infestation very quickly. This is no only unsettling because of the fact that there are bugs in the home, but it is also dangerous because they carry many forms of diseases and can be very harmful to the residents’ health. Whether it’s a German cockroach or a different species, it’s a good idea to contact an exterminator sooner rather than later. If you spot any roaches or signs of any roaches in or around your home, contact our Port Orange exterminator right away.

Dave’s Pest Control

We hope that you have found today’s blog post helpful and that you can more easily identify the difference between palmetto bugs and other cockroaches. Now you’re sure to impress everyone with your vast knowledge at your next social gathering! And as always, if you have any questions or need exterminator help in Flagler or Volusia counties, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Dave’s Pest Control out of Port Orange.


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