Palmetto Bugs are Not Pet Friendly

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Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty, Inc. 3087750

I often write of pet friendly homes in Boca Raton.   NOTE:  I do not consider Palmetto Bugs to be pet friendly!

 

It was early morning.  I walked out to get the newspaper, came in and felt something on my neck.  I brushed it off.  When I saw this giant Palmetto bug, I near died.  It was almost the size of my dogs!  (not really but he was big!)  I screamed.  Richard grabbed a shoe and ran after him.  

 

 

                                      

 

The Palmetto ran in my closet.  Now I was hysterical.  These guys move fast.  Richard said what was I carrying on about; it was just a bug.  Just a BUG?  Was he kidding?  In my closet?   While he was looking for the bug, I was having an anxiety attack and emptying the entire closet.   

  

No, I didn't find the bug in the closet or anywhere else.  I hope he took off at top speed never to be seen again, but we will look again tomorrow.  Yuck!  Yuck!  Yuck!

 

Thank you, Margaret Rome.

 

"Image Courtest of Grant Cochrane - FreeDigitalPhotos.net"

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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I learned so much about Palmetto bugs talking with you tonight. I was on the net looking at all the bugs and the difference between palmettos and roaches.

You were so upset about that dog sized bug being on your neck...I could only think...What a great blog for the day. Glad to see you back and blogging.

Thanks for the call on the radio show today.

Apr 20, 2014 12:11 PM #2
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Elyse Berman, PA
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Mark,  Thank you.  I have every intention of doing so!

Margaret, I learned more than I ever wanted to know.  I told Richard to get the vaccuum ready.  He still thinks I'm nuts; it's just a bug.

Thanks.  It feels good to be back.  

Apr 20, 2014 12:22 PM #3
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Elyse I have never understood about Palmento Bugs...now I will have to do some research...hope you had a fantastic Easter in spite of the Bugs...Endre

Apr 20, 2014 02:53 PM #4
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Gabe Sanders
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Only Realtors call them palmetto Bugs, Elyse.  They are still cockroaches in my book!

Apr 20, 2014 08:57 PM #5
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Roger D. Mucci
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LMAO.....was this before or after we chatted on Facebook?  Sorry, it's not funny, but I got the "visual" from your description and couldn't help but laugh.

Apr 20, 2014 08:59 PM #6
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Jeff Fisher
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Cockroaches are the worst! Palmetto bugs are a close second and they are often misidentified as cockroaches, either way having one the size of your dog jump on your neck gives me the willies! 

Apr 20, 2014 11:24 PM #7
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We have them everywhere, you are in Florida! Be glad our doors and windows have better seals than they did back in the 1950's - they used to get inside back then easily!

Apr 20, 2014 11:31 PM #8
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As you were telling me about this incident..I could only think....

What a great blog topic!

Apr 20, 2014 11:55 PM #9
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I totally understand how you feel! I once called my husband home from work to kill one that was under the sink. He found me standing in the parking lot outside our apartment building totally panicked. They are THE most disgusting bugs, and to think that you had one on your neck gives me the chills! Yuck, yuck!!!

Apr 21, 2014 01:06 AM #10
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I would be searching high and low for it too! Give me chills thinking about something like that being on my neck! 

Apr 21, 2014 05:21 AM #11
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Elyse, I first want to apologize for laughing so when I read your post. Next I would like to tell you how much I hate cockroaches and if your bug is anything like them, then I would hate them. I could just feel the reason for emotion and panic. If one landed anywhere on my body, I could see me in fastest speed running wildly down a long street screaming my head off. Living in Orlando I have of course seen many love bugs, however, have not yet seen the non-pet Palmetto. 

Apr 21, 2014 05:37 AM #12
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Oh thank you for the laugh and the visual!  They are horrible little pests that do move unnaturally fast!

Apr 21, 2014 05:45 AM #13
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Endre, I have not seen one since I lived in LA over 30 years ago, and I hope I never see another one again.

Gabe,  Yes, agreed!  Very large cockroaches!

Roger,  It was actually the day before.  It wasn't funny while it was happening, but it's a funny story.  Glad I made you laugh!

Jeff,  I grew up in New York and cockroaches and mice were the norm in apartment buildings.  This thing was huge and freaked me out.   However, in all honesty, it was not the size of my dog.

Barbara-Jo, I certainly am glad for those seals.  When I lived in LA, I would see them on the patio when I turned on the outside light.  They would scurry around.  But I have never seen one here in 20 years.  Maybe I need new glasses?

Apr 22, 2014 11:39 AM #14
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Margaret,  I cannot believe how much attention one very yucky Palmetto buy has generated.

Stef, I can't believe your Palmetto bug waited for Lenny!  This one took off like a rocket.  I agree - totally gross.

Whitney,  I cleaned out a walk-in closet looking for it.  I'm still looking for him and have not called an exterminator.

Jean, No apologies necessary.  I would probably be laughing too if it wasn't my neck it was on.  You hit the nail on the head - emotion and panic were what felt.   I was screaming so loud, my dogs were frozen.  They didn't know what was going on. I hope you never see one! 

Apr 22, 2014 11:54 AM #15
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Karen,  Glad I made you laugh.  This one took off like a rocket.  I cleaned out a walk-in closet and have now called an exterminator.  

Apr 22, 2014 11:55 AM #16
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Elyse, One person's yuck is another person's blog fodder. Now that would have been a great title for this post.

Apr 22, 2014 12:03 PM #17
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Agreed, Margaret, agreed!  

Apr 22, 2014 12:19 PM #18
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Elyse, otherwise known as Florida's State Bird, it's still a cockroach by any other name...you may need a bigger hammer, the Palmetto bug will just take the shoe away from you and beat you with it.

May 13, 2014 05:10 AM #19
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Nick, They're too darn fast!  This post was months ago and it still gives me the creeps thinking about it.

Jul 27, 2014 12:42 PM #20
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Elyse,  I am not a fan of bugs / spiders crawling on me either ... and I am not a fan of killing anything.  I do not kill anything.  Bugs and spiders I find in my home get captured and taken back outside.  

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