Sometimes mistakenly called American cockroach, the palmetto bug (pronounced “palm meadow bug”) can be found skittering around homes in areas where the climate is damp and humid. It’s not uncommon to see palmetto bugs in Florida, where the weather is usually hot and humid all summer. But you’ll also find these creepy-crawly critters in other areas of the southern U.S.
If you’ve spotted a palmetto bug or two crawling the walls in your home, there’s a good chance there’s more hiding somewhere nearby. While it will require some diligence and patience on your part, you can get rid of these pests without calling an exterminator – as long as the infestation hasn’t gotten out of control.