Palmetto Bugs vs. Cockroaches: Are They the Same Bug?

February 25, 2022


There are many misconceptions about the relationship between palmetto bugs and cockroaches. Maybe you live in the South and are quite familiar with palmettos, or maybe you heard a Southerner mention that they stumbled across one and were curious about this bug. You may be surprised to know that palmettos and cockroaches are the same bug, so why the different names?

What Is a Palmetto Bug?
“Palmetto bug” is a regional term for cockroaches, used mostly in the southeastern United States. Residents of states like Florida and South Carolina began calling the nasty critters palmettos because they were commonly found around the tropical palmetto tree, but there is no actual difference between a palmetto bug and a cockroach.

The American Cockroach
To be precise, palmetto bugs are the same as American cockroaches — there are actually thousands of cockroach species in the world. American cockroaches are a reddish-brown color and can be found both indoors and outdoors. If you have a cockroach infestation in or around your property and live in the United States, it is likely an American cockroach (or palmetto bug). These pesky pests multiply extremely quickly, so it is important to take the appropriate measures to completely remove them from your property.

Eliminate Your Cockroach Infestation with MosquitoNix®
If you have noticed cockroaches scurrying about, it is important not to panic. While some may attempt to handle the infestation independently, it is almost impossible to do so by alone. Cockroaches love to lay eggs in places that are out of reach for most people. Instead, allow the professionals to get the job done right.

Our staff here at MosquitoNix has had years of experience in the field and can exterminate even the most severe cockroach infestations out there. Give us a call and we will inspect your home and provide a free estimate based on the level of infestation. Contact our friendly customer service team today to learn more about your options. We here at MosquitoNix believe passionately that you deserve to live stress-free in your home. Once you hire MosquitoNix, you’ll deal with No More Pests. Period.

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