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Old 02-24-2013, 08:02 AM   #21
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bondi, all those roaches and palmetto bugs (and more)are down here but I keep them at bay through pest control service. My Terminix guy shows up every 90 days and treats the outside of the house and lawn. If you kill them on the outside, you don't have to fight them inside. Once a year the tech guy treats the baseboard area inside and around the ditchen cabinets and that does it. We don't have a problem.
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Are you guys pulling my leg ? I was really asking a serious question to see whether the bug problems are for real.
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Khan, anxious to hear your story about what areas you visited and what you did. Let us hear from you about your trip.
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Are you guys pulling my leg ? I was really asking a serious question to see whether the bug problems are for real.
Nope. Seriously. I even saw a tarantula in a woodpile once.

We lived in a semi-rural part of central FL, but I don't think bigger cities would be any better. The big bugs come from the trees.

A new neighbor invited us over when he first arrived and asked, how do you kill the roaches? I suggested a shotgun.

Thanks, MichaelB, I forgot about the termites. And the gators, but they are a problem only in the country and some of the more outlying suburbs.

Honest, bondi, take a long holiday there and check it out for yourself. FL has its attractions. I would go back , but DW would not.
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I was serious about not feeding the cockroaches. (I learned that from Irma
Bombeck.) When I got there, I pulled the fridge and the stove away from the wall, cleaned the floor and walls behind them and all of the grease and dirt behind them, as well as the water tray under the fridge. That, and keeping the house clean, helps a lot. Then, dust under the cabinets with boric acid.

We sealed the holes in the wall where the drains and water lines came through with that foam in a can. We glued wood strips above the sliding glass door and windows to slow down the palmetto bugs (and prevent burglars from popping the door out easy). We sprayed Raid in the tracks top and bottom and on the threshold of the doors to the outside. We had the first three feet or so around the outside of the house sprayed once a year to discourage various bugs. Not much else you can do about the others mentioned above. You can keep them on the outside of your abode, though.

There are other, two-legged, varmints I personally would be more concerned with. Use good sense.
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Thanks, guys. I thought you guys were laughing at me. I really do have a morbid fear for cockroaches. I researched palmetto bugs: yahoo labelled them Florida's state birds. The two times I was in Florida, not during the warmer times of the year , I was staying in pretty nice hotels in Coral Gables and Naples for 2 or 3 days and never encountered any bugs problem. The thought of those bugs, especially flying cockroaches, killed all budding ideas I have about Florida. Flying cockroaches sound scarier than birds, and if Hitchcock is still alive, he can make another horror classic, one I would never go see.
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After 20+ years of living there 6mo./yr.
Neighbor has pest control, regularly... $300/yr.
I buy Spectracide spray from Lowes, $7 and do a 5 minute spray around the edges, once every 3 months. Supposed to be only once every 6 months, but am super cautious.

When we come back each year, pick up 1 or 2 of the little critters, lying on their back in the middle of the living room carpet. Sometimes none. Otherwise, we see none. No special sealing or laying down of boric acid etc. The few snakes take care of the anoles, when they get over abundant.

As for the rest... the love bugs don't come every year, and it's usually a short stay. Fire ants only a problem for barefoot grass walkers. MIdges are the only nuisances that cause a problem, but that's only after a long wet season, and they only live for a day... (blind mosquitoes that don't bite).
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It is spiders and snakes for me, bondi, so I understand. They were there, but you can stay out of their way. We were sort of out in the country. Coral Gables and Naples may be cleaner. Your mileage may vary.
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Thanks, guys. I thought you guys were laughing at me. I really do have a morbid fear for cockroaches. I researched palmetto bugs: yahoo labelled them Florida's state birds. The two times I was in Florida, not during the warmer times of the year , I was staying in pretty nice hotels in Coral Gables and Naples for 2 or 3 days and never encountered any bugs problem. The thought of those bugs, especially flying cockroaches, killed all budding ideas I have about Florida. Flying cockroaches sound scarier than birds, and if Hitchcock is still alive, he can make another horror classic, one I would not never go see.
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Great photo, Khan! You look so relaxed and peaceful.
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Taking a trip across the bay at top speed, (sun and sea) got rid of the last of the winter depression.
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That was a "wade in" picnic from boat to beach.
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Crap, I'll try again tomorow.
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Khan, post #7 on the following thread gives the directions for posting photos:

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Welcome back, Khan! Would love to see a photo or two of your vacation, which sounds as though it was great. Where did you go in Florida?

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