Cockroaches in Florida

Florida Roach Species

If you live in Florida long enough, you'll likely hear someone talk about palmetto bugs. This usually refers to any large cockroaches, but the true palmetto bug is actually the Florida woods roach.

There are many species of cockroaches found in Florida, but generally these species can be grouped into two categories: those that typically survive and reproduce outdoors and those that do so indoors. The outdoor group includes:

      • American Cockroach
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      • Smokybrown Cockroach
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      • Florida Woods Cockroach
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      • Australian Cockroach
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      • Brown Cockroach

These outside roaches are usually found in mulch, tree holes, leaf litter, and moist areas located under vegetation.

Outdoor vs Indoor

The indoor cockroaches are generally considered to be more troublesome for homeowners and business owners. This group includes:

        • German Cockroach
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        • Brown-Banded Cockroach
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        • Asian Cockroach
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Although these roaches may be found outdoors, they create problems when they migrate or are carried indoors. While the Asian cockroach readily enters indoor environments since it is strongly attracted to lights, it does not survive very long inside.

Cockroaches are not just a nuisance for FL residents. Should roaches move inside, they can spread disease organisms as they move around homes and businesses looking for shelter, water, and food.

Additionally, cockroach feces, shed skins, and body parts become allergens that can cause mild to severe rashes, other allergic reactions, and extreme asthma attacks.

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