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It’s important to note that if you see one palmetto bug, there is an excellent chance that there are many more you don’t see. Palmetto bugs, also known as the American Cockroach, are not only unsettling to have in your home, but are also hazardous to your family’s health. They bring in a plethora of germs and diseases that you don’t want in your home. At Dave’s Pest Control, we have decades of experience exterminating pests like palmetto bugs and keeping homes safe. Contact us right away if you see any signs of palmetto bugs in or around your home.

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Why work with Dave’s Pest Control for your palmetto bugs services?

  • We operate all throughout Flager and Volusia counties
  • We have years of experience dealing with tough, dangerous pests like palmetto bugs
  • We help remove pests like palmetto bugs from your property and do our best to prevent them from returning
  • We help to make your house feel like a home again

The faster you act, the better chance you have for your palmetto bug extermination to go quickly and smoothly. Contact Dave’s Pest Control for your palmetto bug services.

Palmetto Bugs

Palmetto bugs are a common pest in Florida — especially in parts of Flagler and Volusia Counties like Port Orange, Ormond Beach, Deltona, Debary, and more. While commonly referred to as “palmetto bugs,” these pests are technically the American cockroach and got their nickname for their affinity for spending significant time underneath palm leaves.

Identifying Palmetto Bugs

Palmetto bugs look like cockroaches because they technically are cockroaches — the American cockroach. They’re reddish-brown and can grow up to 1.5 to 2 inches. Both male and female palmetto bugs have wings. While they can fly short distances, most often, they use their wings to glide from trees and buildings.

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Palmetto Bug Infestations - Where to Find Them

Palmetto bugs got their name from living underneath palm tree leaves and are usually found under bushes, in decaying logs, or near wet areas like pools — all things that are common in parts of Florida like Volusia and Flagler Counties.

In Florida, palmetto bugs often live in close proximity to humans. They like warm, tropical weather and prefer dark and damp areas. Many areas of homes provide excellent shelter for palmetto bugs — including near pools, in sprinkler systems, in the foundations of houses, storm drains, and even places that homeowners see regularly like underneath roof shingles.

While usually found outside, palmetto bugs will migrate into homes to avoid flooding, excessive rain, and predators. They like dark and damp areas, so it’s common to find them under sinks, in drains, in hidden areas near kitchens, and in sheds and pool houses. They can live 2–3 months without eating, so they can be patient and elusive. They’re opportunistic and not in a rush to eat and expose themselves. This explains why spotting palmetto bugs is usually the sign of a bigger exterminator problem.

Another way to spot palmetto bugs is to look for their eggs. Palmetto bugs lay egg capsules containing a little over a dozen eggs. They tend to lay egg capsules weekly and can lay up to 75–90 egg capsules over a lifetime.

Signs Of Palmetto Bug Infestation

If you suspect that you might have palmetto bugs in your home and want to further investigate on your own, there are a few things you can look for. Keep in mind that our team at Dave’s Pest Control is happy to help you identify and exterminate any palmetto bugs that may be in your home. That being said, some signs of palmetto bugs are:

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Sightings

The most obvious sign that you have palmetto bugs in your home is if you see them! The good news is that when you see a palmetto bug in your home or business, you can be 100% certain that you need to call an exterminator. The bad news is: if you see one, there are definitely way more that you don’t see. Luckily, our exterminators have the tools and experience to handle your problem — no matter the size of the infestation.

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Droppings

Everything and everyone has to go at some point — palmetto bugs are no exception. Even if you don’t see the palmetto bugs yourself, you can know if they are there by finding their droppings. Palmetto bugs in droppings can vary in size, but on average, you can expect to find little black specs that look like large grains of pepper. Look around in cupboards, drawers, or any other spaces in your home that are darker and often undisturbed.

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Ootheca

The ootheca is a fancy term for an egg sac. Cockroaches don’t lay eggs, they instead use oothecae that contain roughly 15 eggs. Some species of cockroach carry the ootheca with them, but palmetto bugs leave theirs near a food source in a well-protected area. You may have to do some searching to find an ootheca, but ootheca with eggs or that have already burst are a good indication that it’s time to contact pest control services.

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Smells

The longer a palmetto bug infestation is allowed to continue, the stronger the smell will become. As more and more palmetto bugs accumulate, they will all generate urine and feces smells. Over time, you may notice a musty, overall unpleasant smell that seems to only get worse. If this is the case, it may be a sign that you need an exterminator for palmetto bugs.

If you notice any one of these signs by themselves or in combination with others, please don’t hesitate to contact Dave’s Pest Control right away. We have years of experience helping people with cockroach extermination through Flagler, Volusia, and Brevard County.

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Beware. Palmetto Bugs Pose Health Risks

Palmetto bugs can actually pose a health threat. While it’s very rare for them to bite humans, they sometimes do because of lack of food, but bites are not serious. The bigger issue is contamination. They often live in unsanitary environments, like sewers, drains, and trash areas and eat decaying food scraps. In houses, they often hide in drawers or other hidden areas in kitchens and can contaminate plates, utensils, and other kitchenware while hiding and moving around.

Exterminating Palmetto Bugs

The most effective way for palmetto bug pest control is to spray cracks, crevices, and common palmetto bug areas with broad-spectrum insecticides. It is also crucial to treat areas of the house where palmetto bugs may enter from the outside, such as attics, windows, and exterior parts of house foundations.

Call an exterminator immediately if you spot even a single palmetto bug within your home or see any signs of a palmetto bug infestation. Any indication of palmetto bugs is usually an indication of a bigger problem. If you see any signs of palmetto bugs in Port Orange, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach or elsewhere in Flagler and Volusia Counties, call Dave’s Pest Control. If you don’t live in these parts of Florida, find a certified pest control company in your area.

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