Just like mice and rats, cockroaches are highly adaptable house pests that can and do infest homes across the country. But given the choice, cockroaches love hot, humid, damp climates, which is why they’re particularly common and particularly terrifying in the South and Southeast. Outsiders might find the name “palmetto bug” to be charming. It is not. It’s an umbrella term that refers to a variety of hideous winged cockroaches that are not at all shy and are only available in horror-movie size. A part of daily life across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and beyond, their shed skin and droppings trigger serious allergic reactions, they multiply rapidly, they spread disease, and they’re notoriously difficult to eliminate.
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