Question by  Chrisme (94)

Are Palmetto bugs really roaches?

My relatives live in SC and say they have Palmetto bugs but I think they are really talking about roaches.


Answer by  sharon63 (520)

Palmetto bugs resemble roaches but are different in a couple of key ways. First of all, unlike most roaches, the palmetto bug can fly short distances. Secondly, the german roaches and other true roaches can be seen in large numbers in dark rooms once a light is turned on whereas palmetto bugs can come from outside one at a time.


Answer by  worker5829 (219)

Roaches is a common name for a large group if insects that does include palmetto bugs. Palmetto bugs behave different than the average german cockroach. Usualy a palmetto bug will fly in from outside rather than infesting your garbage.


Answer by  kd97 (733)

Palmetto bugs are actually not roaches at all. Although they can sometime look like roaches, but are a different species all together. They are also commonly refered to as "water bugs". They can be identified by their jointed and sharp beaks. They feed on plants and typically do NOT bite humans.


Answer by  rbiales (3441)

Palmetto bugs are a specific kind of member of the same family as roaches, they are native to the United States and have a part in North American normal wildlife.


Answer by  TylerMoore (146)

In a sense they are they eat almost anything just call a bug man or get some roach spray and kill them that should get the job done and get rid of them pests.


Answer by  Anonymous

.........oh please...they are American cockroaches!

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