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Old 05-02-2013, 11:44 AM   #16
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Those bugs are the least of your worries. Have you seen the size of that mouse in the Magic Kingdom?
Mice??? Have you seen the size of that cricket?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:49 AM   #17
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We've never had a problem with them.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #18
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Growing up in Miami, we usually found one or two palmetto bugs in/near the kitchen area a few times a year. Not anything excessive, but they're less disgusting than those german roaches. I never encountered those till I moved to Orlando. Some apartment complexes are really good about spraying the grounds, but near impossible to control once they're inside. If one person sprayed, they'd just move to the next apartment for the time being. Every one needs to treat at the same time to have any effects or else they just run through the walls to a safe place.

There are plenty of good apartment places (if you plan to live in one). Then there's some dousies like any other place. There's an apartment rating site, its a good start to find out if there's a roach problem there. Florida just doesn't have a strong enough winter to kill off pesky bugs once a year. So you have to be on guard all year round.

German roaches also love warm areas. They love outlets and can crawl through the little slats. Take off all the plates, and pour a powder poison like borax in the box. There's gel stuff, but it usually becomes ineffective after about 3-4 months.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:29 PM   #19
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Palmetto bugs aren't just in Florida. When we would visit my in-laws in Dallas, they were crawling all over the bathroom walls at night. DFIL always insisted they didn't exist. When I told my sister in law she said (with a strong southern drawl) "that's not a roach, that's a water bug!". That's the family joke now, whenever we see a huge roach, don't worry, it's not a roach...it's a "water bug".
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #20
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I've lived in Orlando for almost 20 years and came here, like you, thinking I would be most certainly eaten by a bug. Not so. Are there bugs? YES. Is there pest control? YES.

Quality of life here FAR outweighs any concerns you might have about bugs.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:58 AM   #21
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I grew up in SC so palmetto bugs don't phase me. I haven't seen a single one here in FL but I have had a few SNAKES in our pool and one got into the house.
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