Palmetto Bug in the camper!!!

Discussion in 'Let me tell you about my trip' started by Orchid, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    It got away, so went to Walmart for bug bomb. We had to sit outside for four hours. Can't even use the new propane fire pit for fear of explosion from the fumes.

    Watched The Accountant and some Western. Just came back in the camper. No insect corpses, but hope it left the same way it got in.
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  2. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

    Dec 22, 2002
    Malvern, PA
    I had to do a Google search for Palmetto Bug, CARP those things are big! If I had more than one of those in my camper I would have just burnt the camper to the ground. I wouldn't be able to sleep in the camper again, ever! It looks like that bug that was put in Chekov's ear in Star Trek II.
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  3. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    So you covered the inside of your camper with pesticide because of one bug? Was there food in there? Plates cups etc ?
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  4. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2018
    Its a big bug ! You need to get them before they get you.[:D] i visited my aunt in flordia. One came out from under the bed. Not fun.........thought it was a giant roach. Now i teach my daughter the bed bug song , just in case.

    Good night sleep tight, dont let the bed bugs bite.
    If they do take your shoe and beat them till there black and blue.....

    Didn't go over so well when the 1st grade teacher heard it, oh well. The fogger might be a better idea.
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  5. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

    Sep 11, 2008
    Morris County, NJ
    Yeah, I've been in Florida visiting family and those things are huge and give me the creeps!!! Nothing like walking into the kitchen and see one of those on the counter looking up at you before you had some caffeine!!!!
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  6. Dingit

    Dingit Active Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    That's not a palmetto bug--that's a Madagascar hissing cockroach. They are way preferable to a real palmetto bug (also a cockroach, but different)!!
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  7. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

    Sep 11, 2008
    Morris County, NJ
    Sorry, but it's big enough that it could grab a cane and top hat and do a dance across the counter!!!! [LOL][LOL]
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  8. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Macomb County Michigan
    I was staying at a hotel in Jacksonville several years ago, and I saw one in my room. I told the desk clerk that I had a big-a$$ cockroach in my room. He said "that's not a cockroach, that's a palmetto bug." Like that should make a difference, right? Yuck!
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  9. 1380ken

    1380ken Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Spread some cat nip around the camper. It works and is non toxic
  10. Popiworks

    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

    Jul 22, 2014
    Had a friend that moved to Jacksonville FL who was setting mouse traps for the creatures. She thought they were mice until she saw one go up the wall.
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  11. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2018
    Sure , then we will hey the dogs to get rid of the cats....and so on......
  12. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2018
    South Carolina
    I'd rather deal with the roaches, than cats.
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  13. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

    Oct 10, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Eek! I can handle a good number of bugs, but if it came to something as big as my hand... absolutely no way. I'd be sleeping in the car if I saw that in my camper.
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  14. Balthisar

    Balthisar Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Plymouth, MI USA
    Wouldn't that trap them inside if they're already inside, then? ;-)
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  15. BillyMc

    BillyMc Active Member

    Mar 25, 2018
    South Carolina
    They fly!
  16. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Nope, we took it all out to the van first. Then, yes we DID bomb the crap out of it. Found the corpse this morning, finally.

    No way was I sleeping in here with a palmetto bug! Have you seen one? They are like a cockroach except the size of a mouse!
  17. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    I was born and raised in Fl. the Palmetto bugs are not the worst roach, those little German Roaches are the hardest to kill and the worst Roach to have, What ever Steve was holding was not a Palmetto bug, I am not sure what it is maybe Dingit is correct, Palmetto bugs do not get that big. We had pet roaches on one ship I was on and had roach races, we kept them in a match box and took good care of them until race time, I won $1.00 on one race but ole lucky lost the rest of the races so overboard my bug went.:) it broke the monotony for a while anyway.
  18. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    I totally agree that I'd rather see a palmetto than a regular roach. With those little ones, you know thousands of their closest friends are hiding just out of sight.

    Even so, there was no way I could sleep in the camper with the knowledge a palmetto bug could potentially crawl on me in the night.
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  19. crackerJack

    crackerJack Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Scottsville, KY
    We brought one home from FL this year in the camper. I grew up in South FL, I recognized it right away. I thought it was funny.
    DW, from TN, didn’t. Lol
  20. bobinfleet

    bobinfleet Active Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Hampshire UK
    WOW that is a big bug, glad we don't have anything like that over here

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