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03-18-2010 04:50 PM
billangiep And not to mention the the Giant east coast Iguana's hanging out along the sea walls !
03-18-2010 03:21 PM
Palmetto Bugs

Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
Grow up to 2 inches!?! I guarantee you that I have seen ones that were bigger than that!
Oh yeah, 2.5"- 3" at least. There was a mole in my front yard when it was raining last week that was wearing chaps and had a saddle on one.

03-18-2010 12:01 PM
Capnblu When we were kids, our parents took us to Saskatchewan, It was nothing but grasshoppers. Like a biblical plague.
03-18-2010 09:33 AM
denverd0n Grow up to 2 inches!?! I guarantee you that I have seen ones that were bigger than that!

Yes, hang around Florida long enough and you are sure to eventually see one. I live on Palmetto Bend Drive. My wife and I (semi-)jokingly refer to it as Palmetto Bug Drive.
03-17-2010 09:41 PM
FSMike Wait until you get to the Bahamas and meet what is known locally
as a money bat!
03-17-2010 08:29 PM
Lookin4Freedom Ugh.. I'm really not looking forward to these bugs.. I've not yet had the joy of meeting one, and to be honest I hope I don't. It's enough to know they exist.
03-17-2010 05:58 PM
scottyt lets see Georgia has mosquitos, you drive around for an hour and need to clean your windshield. florida has palmetto bugs you drive around and every 3 bugs you have to clean your windshield.
03-17-2010 05:50 PM
Originally Posted by Capnblu View Post
Looks like you would need a ball peen hammer for a bug swatter.
Pretty much! I tried a little body hammer and it just broke the handle. I've heard that a large cast iron skillet works too. I've had my boat in the water here in Florida for almost a year, and haven't seen one on the boat yet. Knock wood.

03-17-2010 02:13 PM
Capnblu Looks like you would need a ball peen hammer for a bug swatter.
03-17-2010 02:06 PM
sailingdog From an exterminator's website.

Palmetto bugs are reddish brown and grow up to two inches in length. It is also known as the American cockroach. It has a pair of large wings on its back that can be used for flying, but wings that are tough enough to act like a shield when the cockroach is on the ground. Palmetto bugs need moisture to survive and only live in warm, tropical climates. It can be found outdoors across the southern United States, but is also a common insect found in commercial facilities with high heat and humidity.
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