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You say Palmetto (bug) and I say cucaracha


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Actually, I also say palmetto bug - not the standard roach but that mega roach that sometimes flies and is seasonal - anyone getting visited?

Im not afraid of bugs. Im not afraid of palmettos, chasing them with the raid can but they run ridiculously fast and when it darts this way, that way it can be unnerving.  Aside from them, I otherwise try to prevent bugs from being killed but not this creepfest of a critter.

They like me. A month back I woke when one ran across my bare foot (I was sleeping sitting up).  Last night, another across my hand reaching in the dark for paper towel.  My house isnt rampant with them - theyre maybe 1 or 2 a week.

Anyone else getting them?
Anyone else creeped out?

Edited Jul 01 2009 22:52 by sun123
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I get those too. Maybe it is a Texas thing. I did not know that was the name of them. I always call them "water bugs" I really don't know why that is just what I have always called them.

You mean those flying roaches? 

*shivers*

My in-laws have those outside because of the woods that their house backs up to.  I hate, hate, hate them.  I hate anything that flies and either stings or like to land on people.  Those roaches love to fly around me too.  I also hate those stupid June bugs.  We've got june bugs bad right now.  They fly around outside, bump into things, fall to the ground, or land in your hair and generally make a nuisance of themselves.

Let me tell you a little story about those freakin bugs!   Just a couple of weeks ago one fell from the ceiling onto my back (in the dark) when I was, well, "enjoying relations" Innocent with DH.     AHHHHHHH!  Poor hubby may never get it againWink.

thmheh-I would have freaked out! My husband would not be getting any anymore either!

Original Post by thmheh:

Let me tell you a little story about those freakin bugs!   Just a couple of weeks ago one fell from the ceiling onto my back (in the dark) when I was, well, "enjoying relations" Innocent with DH.     AHHHHHHH!  Poor hubby may never get it againWink.

Lucky nothing 'broke'. 

That flying thing, Peaches, is so freaky because theres no warning. Your creeping up on them and next thing theyre flying at you.   

Original Post by trytobehealthy:

I get those too. Maybe it is a Texas thing. I did not know that was the name of them. I always call them "water bugs" I really don't know why that is just what I have always called them.

The American cockroach, also known as the Palmetto Bug or Waterbug, particularly in the southern United States, is the largest species of common cockroach...

The American cockroach - how patriotic. 

maybe change their name to coitus interruptus?

Funny story about my cockroach phobia. It used to be BAD, I am not by any means squeamish or easily scared and/or disgusted, but cockroaches would simply make me black out and paralyze for a moment.

At one point early this spring, I had a couple mysterious bites on my legs. During one night, a tickle woke me up, and sure enough, a cockroach was enjoying dinner - me. I managed to overcome the panic and squished it, and after spending the rest of the night googling creepy cockroach facts and stories, I experienced quite a bit of nasty nightmares.

Funny thing is this has totally cured my phobia. While I still really dislike the critters, they dont seem to freak me out in the least bit anymore.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, that lovely specimen that was trolling my bed also left its eggs under my pillow. How thoughtful, eh?

I hate June bugs with a passion. They totally freak me out.

i grew up in fl with palmetto bugs ICKY. One chased my roommate down the hall (she was super freaked out, she has your old phobia).

Left you eggs? dayum. I think that is what would give me nightmares! Um.. like.. were else might they have left them? *shudder*

When i lived in the house with the giant spiders (when the one trapped me in the bathroom), the spiders were living off the palmetto bugs on the back side of the house. I was renting... we never went back there.. but one day one roommate walked around there to look for something - the whole back of the house was covered in palmetto bugs. IT WAS SO GROSS. We had to make them come spray. The next day. ugh.

june bugs is another name for 'em?

if they are ginormous flying creatures, i say it's a palmetto bug.

if it can't fly and is only a crawly critter, it's just a cockroach.

but i think they're basically the same thing.

we get them in all shapes, sizes, and flight patterns down here in FL. they give me the heebeejeebies.

Original Post by musicalfishmich:

june bugs is another name for 'em?

if they are ginormous flying creatures, i say it's a palmetto bug.

if it can't fly and is only a crawly critter, it's just a cockroach.

but i think they're basically the same thing.

we get them in all shapes, sizes, and flight patterns down here in FL. they give me the heebeejeebies.

 no, the june bugs are the little flying beetle things (well not that little) that crowd on your screens and then die there.

they make loud buzzy noises and smacking noises as they run into stuff.

way annoying.

Original Post by crazydiamondchrysalis:

i grew up in fl with palmetto bugs ICKY. One chased my roommate down the hall (she was super freaked out, she has your old phobia).

Left you eggs? dayum. I think that is what would give me nightmares! Um.. like.. were else might they have left them? *shudder*

When i lived in the house with the giant spiders (when the one trapped me in the bathroom), the spiders were living off the palmetto bugs on the back side of the house. I was renting... we never went back there.. but one day one roommate walked around there to look for something - the whole back of the house was covered in palmetto bugs. IT WAS SO GROSS. We had to make them come spray. The next day. ugh.

O.M.G.!!!! that is like a nightmare come to life! that's a cross between "arachnaphobia" and the 2nd harry potter book (where they follow the spiders into the woods and discover the whole giant colony- year i'm in the midst of re-reading them all in prep. for the movie in theaters on the 15thish)

Original Post by crazydiamondchrysalis:

Original Post by musicalfishmich:

june bugs is another name for 'em?

if they are ginormous flying creatures, i say it's a palmetto bug.

if it can't fly and is only a crawly critter, it's just a cockroach.

but i think they're basically the same thing.

we get them in all shapes, sizes, and flight patterns down here in FL. they give me the heebeejeebies.

 no, the june bugs are the little flying beetle things (well not that little) that crowd on your screens and then die there.

they make loud buzzy noises and smacking noises as they run into stuff.

way annoying.

 June bugs are not all that little. They are flying beetles and they don't bite or sting, but they are creepy. They make huge buzzing noises and they smack into stuff. They also silently crawl around and get on your skin and they are horrible.

I just googled june bugs (which is daring of me, b/c bugs creep me out - and after living in NC for a couple years, I've seen my fair share of roaches, including flying ones - those things are fearless - I once killed one with my flip flop and it came back to life. I was drunk at the time, but I swear it happened.).

Anyway, june bugs - they look like japanese beetles, but without the oil-slick coloring. Or are they bigger? Hard to tell scale. But japanese beetles I don't find scary, just annoying. They eat our wild grape vines and as kids we'd go out with little margarine tubs of soapy water and knock them in. Double points if you get them while they are copulating.

hahah. that's awesome.

june bug... bigger than japanese beetles. about 1/2" to 1" long

ah i see. weren't they in "the mummy"?

Original Post by musicalfishmich:

ah i see. weren't they in "the mummy"?

 no those were scarabs. Scarabs

oh yea. ha. those are some vicious looking suckers. they even have horns.

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