Floridians! It’s your FAVORITE time of year!

Palmetto bug season!

Or this is the time of year when you seriously contemplate selling your house and moving back up north because you cannot take living with these creatures anymore. 

We wouldn’t blame you.

But there’s an easier way to navigate palmetto bug season in Florida. 

As your favorite Tampa pet control guys (we are your favorite, right?), let us show you how we handle this situation every year. 

When Is Palmetto Bug Season in Florida?

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Palmetto bug season typically begins in May and lasts through September. 

AKA the hottest and most humid months in Florida. 

Not surprising.

It is surprising that— while they may decrease in numbers during cooler periods—  they can still be active year-round because of Florida’s mild climate (unfortunately).

We know— the one downside of being a Floridian!

Are Florida Palmetto Bugs The Same as Cockroaches?

Yep! Palmetto bugs are the exact same thing as American cockroaches. They’re just a species of cockroach commonly found in Florida. 

Despite their outdoor origins, they are skilled at infiltrating homes.

And then they’ll fly at your face when you try to get rid of them (okay…. they aren’t actually attacking you; they just have horrible senses of direction and are attracted to warmth and light. Just take the compliment!)


Where Do Palmetto Bugs Come From?

They’re actually native to Florida. So they aren’t going anywhere. 

They like to live in outdoor areas such as:

  • Gardens
  • Palm trees, and
  • Woodpiles.

They often enter homes seeking food and shelter, gaining access through:

  • Cracks
  • Vents, and 
  • Gaps around doors and windows.
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How Do Palmetto Bugs Get in My House?

Palmetto bugs infiltrate homes through openings in walls, floors, and foundations.

They can hitch a ride on items brought indoors or enter through gaps around utility lines. 

Once inside, they seek out moisture-rich areas and food sources.

Where Do Palmetto Bugs Live?

where palmetto bugs live: laundry room, under sinks, bathrooma

During the day, palmetto bugs might be hiding in the dark, humid spots in your home like:

  • Basements
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry rooms
  • Behind appliances
  • Beneath sinks

You’re most likely to see them emerge at night when they’re foraging for food.

Why Are Palmetto Bugs Common in Florida?

Florida’s warm, humid climate provides an ideal habitat for palmetto bugs, allowing them to thrive year-round. 

The abundant vegetation, moisture, and organic debris are perfect conditions for these bigs to breed and survive.

When Do Palmetto Bugs Go Away?

While palmetto bugs may retreat outdoors during cooler months, they can remain active indoors throughout the year. 

And while many people will claim you’ll see them more with a dirty house, that’s not always the case. 

You can have the cleanest home on the block. Still, if you have plenty of vegetation, water (like a pool or an outdoor pond), and ample sunlight, palmetto bugs will love your home just as much as you do!

Here’s what you can do:

How to Get Rid of Them (Without Chemicals)

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  1. Seal Entry Points: Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal cracks, gaps, and openings around doors, windows, and utility penetrations.
  2. Reduce Moisture: Repair leaky pipes, faucets, and drains to eliminate sources of standing water. Use dehumidifiers in damp areas to decrease humidity levels.
  3. Natural Repellents: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth or boric acid powder in areas where palmetto bugs frequent to deter and dehydrate them.
  4. Cleanliness: Keep your home clean and clutter-free to remove potential food sources and hiding places for palmetto bugs.
  5. Traps and Baits: To capture and eliminate palmetto bugs, place sticky traps or homemade bait stations containing boric acid, sugar, and flour in areas where they are active.
  6. Get a Cat: Hey, you never know. They could help!
  7. Hire the professionals: If you absolutely despise palmetto bugs, we can ensure your palmetto bugs stay out of your home completely! 

Are you tired of these unwanted guests crashing your home? Talk to Nick and Eric from My Organic Turf! Our science-based approach keeps kids and pets safe while effectively dealing with rodents.

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