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Apr 19, 2018 3:45 PM CST
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Does anyone know what these bugs are and how to get rid of them? I am going to plant a new garden in my backyard but want to first get rid of these pests; I think it's a roach looking insect. I have tried all types of things like the roach hotels, foggers, raid sprays, etc. but they keep coming back. Can anyone please help, I am going a bit insane here with these things and can't think about anything else.
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Apr 19, 2018 4:16 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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It sure looks like a roach of some sort to me too. I've lived in Florida for more than 50 years and this state is known for it's bugs! I can't imagine having bugs inside my house so I'm very happy to have many little lizards running around the yard which keeps the bugs in check.

Some roaches, like the huge Palmetto Bugs nest in palm trees and there are some types of roaches that nest in the sand which may be the type you are finding. If you have children or pets, be careful if you use chemicals and if you hire an exterminator, be sure to ask them about the chemicals they use. I always prefer organic measures whenever possible so you might want to purchase Diamtomaceous Earth from a local garden center and try sprinkling it around to see if that gets rid of them. I've read that mixing baking soda and sugar and placing it around will kill bugs but I have no idea if that's true or not; sugar attracts ants and bugs so perhaps it's something to do with the baking soda that they ingest that causes their demise?
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Apr 20, 2018 4:02 AM CST
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It looks like a young wood roach aka Palmetto Bug! Good luck with those. Up until recently I lived in Florida and I finally went with a company to control them. I used Truly Nolen.

The roaches were gone quickly. The only ones I saw after that were dead. They are insidious and nearly impossible to control by the homeowner. I suggest that you contact a professional.
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Apr 20, 2018 4:47 AM CST
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I recommend any bait type brand with "fipronil" in it , like - COMBAT Max
when it gets cold and the roaches try to move inside for the winter , I keep applying a little dab on
a piece of cardboard and slide it under or around where ever I see a roach until I don't see any anymore.
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Apr 20, 2018 10:51 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
A teaspoon of boric acid, and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, made into a thick paste with water.
Put a bit in soda cans. Place cans where there most active, or coming in. Roaches and ants eat it, and die.

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Apr 20, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Name: greene
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Yep, cute little baby wood roach. They are so cute and adorable when they are small. Then they grow up and come inside to eat the cat food and dog food.
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