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Sewer-Dwelling Palmetto Bugs Can Emerge From Indoor Drains After Traveling Through Plumbing Pipes

Palmetto bugs are cockroaches that dwell within the southern United States, and they are particularly abundant within southern Louisiana’s wet landscape. Although most experts consider palmetto bugs and smokybrown cockroaches to be two common nicknames for one species, the term “palmetto bug” is sometimes used as a catch-all term for cockroach pests of several species, particularly the Florida woods cockroach and the American cockroach. Palmetto bugs and American cockroaches can be hard for laymen to differentiate, as both of these species are relatively large in size at around 1.5 to 2 inches in body length, and both inhabit high-moisture environments where decay and filth may be abundant. Palmetto bugs are often found within the moist soil in flower beds, beneath decaying plant matter, and underneath rocks. Considering the palmetto bug’s preference for dark, damp environments where filth and decaying matter are easy to come by, it should not be surprising to learn that millions of these roaches inhabit sewers, which is another habitat that the roaches share with American cockroaches. In fact, both palmetto bugs and American cockroaches have been known to traverse through sewer pipes before eventually emerging from indoor drains. These roaches have been found emerging from sinks, bathtubs and floor drains, as well as toilets.Sewer-Dwelling Palmetto Bugs Can Emerge From Indoor Drains After Traveling Through Plumbing Pipes

Palmetto bugs are typically around half an inch shorter in body length than American cockroaches, and palmetto bugs possess a black exterior, while American cockroaches have a reddish-brown appearance. Both of these species also possess the ability to fly, but luckily, they are poor flyers and they rarely go airborne. Since many palmetto bugs maintain a presence within sewers and septic tanks they can spread bacteria to humans and food sources easily, possibly leading to serious diseases, including salmonella. If that is not enough, palmetto bugs have also been known to inflict bites on humans, which can cause skin irritation. While palmetto bugs are occasionally associated with filth, the roaches will establish a presence within any area of a home where high moisture and darkness are available, so these roaches can become a problem in even the most immaculate of living conditions.

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Why Is An Invasive Cockroach Species In The US Displacing Native Cockroach Species At An Unusually Rapid Rate?

Back in 1978, an invasive cockroach species was discovered at the Sharpe army depot in California. This species is known as the Turkestan cockroach, and since its discovery in the US in 1978, these cockroaches have been slowly displacing oriental cockroach populations in the southwest. Lately, Turkestan cockroach populations have been growing at an unprecedented rate within the southwest US, and many people are blaming the internet.

The Turkestan cockroach is often purchased online by people who keep a pet snake, as this cockroach species has become popular as a go-to form of food for pet snakes. The rapid spread of the Turkestan cockroach has been blamed on people who buy the insects online, as it is widely believed that the high Turkestan roach population in the southwest is due to specimens being sent to the region through the mail by snake food vendors. However, this is not the reason for the cockroaches’ spread across the southwest; instead, researchers with the University of California in Riverside believe that frequent military campaigns in the middle east and Asia have brought this cockroach species to the United States. This scenario seems likely considering that the first specimen found in the US was taken from a military base. After this initial discovery, more Turkestan roaches were discovered at other military bases, such as Ft. Bliss in El Paso. Since then, this cockroach has spread rapidly, displacing established populations of oriental cockroaches. Entomologist Michael K. Rust claims that the Turkestan cockroach is outcompeting oriental cockroaches within their own habitat. But the primary factor behind this cockroaches’ spread is its ability to reproduce at rapid rates. However, Rust claimed to be surprised upon finding that Turkestan roaches are widely available for purchase online, and he believes that the sale of these cockroaches could accelerate their spread if the specimens are not handled correctly. These cockroaches are common pests in homes and buildings in the southwest US.

Have you ever heard of a Turkestan cockroach?

A Popular Brand Of Carbonated Water Is Being Sued For Containing Chemicals That Are Used For Killing Cockroaches

It is always a bummer to learn that your favorite food or beverage product contains dangerous chemicals. Of course, given the remarkable advances that have been made in food preservation methods, we cannot always be sure what exactly is contained within processed drinks and food products. Since very few people in developed parts of the world are starving, some consider unpleasant or even harmful chemicals that find their way into our foods as a price we pay for the benefit of food abundance. However, this is a minority opinion, and the public reaction to ingredients that are not listed on product labels is always a negative one, especially when the unlisted ingredient turns out to be a legitimately harmful substance. If you are a lover of carbonated water, then there is a good chance that you have consumed the popular La Croix brand at some point in your past. Hopefully, you do not drink La Croix regularly, as the company that produces the popular carbonated water beverage is being faced with a lawsuit over the cockroach killing chemical that was allegedly found in the carbonated water during testing.

La Croix proudly advertises their “all natural” ingredients with the hope that consumers will regard their products as being more healthy than competing products. Despite this claim, one woman, Lenora Rice, had the La Croix brand carbonated water tested and it turned out that it contained a chemical known as “linalool propionate.” Linalool propionate is a chemical that is commonly used to kill cockroaches. In addition to finding this roach-killing chemical, Rice found that the drink contained a number of other synthetic chemicals. A CBS news team in Philadelphia recently broke this unfortunate news, which has since gone international. In response to the allegations, officials with La Croix have adamantly denied that linalool propionate or any other synthetic substance is contained within their beverage. Although further testing is needed in order to confirm Rice’s findings, consumers may want to wait before buying another pack of La Croix, unless you plan on using it to kill cockroaches, that is.

Do you believe that La Croix carbonated water contains a popular roach-killing chemical in all of their cans?



A Man Is Arrested For Leaving His Children In A Home Infested With Cockroaches, Maggots, Flies And Fleas

Most people prefer to live within a clean home, but that does not necessarily mean that clean homes are more common than dirty ones. Wanting a clean home is one thing, having the discipline and motivation to maintain a clean home is quite another. Although there are many people who struggle to prevent their homes from becoming a giant clothes hamper, most people would feel motivated to clean after discovering cockroaches, maggots and fleas in every corner of their home. Surprisingly, there does exist people who don’t seem to mind sharing their homes with the most disgusting insects that you can imagine. For example, a Florida man was recently arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect after police officers discovered the man’s child living in a home containing numerous insects of varying species.

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An anonymous tip led police officers to a filthy home that contained the filthiest insects imaginable. These insects include cockroaches, fleas, maggots and flies. The cockroaches were so abundant in the home that police officers could not glance in any direction without seeing several roaches. When police arrived at the man’s residence they found a child and a bedridden man alone in the home. Once the child’s father, Mark Cameron, arrived to the residence, he was promptly arrested for child abuse and neglect. The bedridden man turned out to be Cameron’s stepfather.

In addition to the insect presence in the home, there was no running water, which means that the child was unable to bathe. Animal control officers removed 15 cats from the premises as well as one dead one, which likely contained maggots. The floors were covered in cat feces and maggots, so the authorities had to watch their every step closely. The child’s mattress was covered in feces, urine and fleas. The boy claimed that his father beat him when he attempted to clean the home. Luckily, this man will not be leaving jail any time soon.

Have you ever encountered a home that was infested with more than one insect species?

City Officials in Indianapolis Have Been Struggling To Eradicate A Neighborhood-Wide Roach Infestation For Months

Having a cockroach infestation is not only stressful, it is also horrifying…unless, of course, you think that cockroaches make for loveable pets. However, there are worse types of insect infestations. For example, a bed bug infestation can result in physical injuries, and eradicating these bugs from homes can be time consuming, inconvenient and sometimes unsuccessful. Then there are termite infestations. These infestations can go unnoticed for years and can result in thousands of dollars in damages. In some extreme cases, homes can be demolished as a result of irreparable termite damages. On the other hand, cockroaches do not typically bite humans, nor do they cause structural damages. Also, due to their relatively large size, cockroach infestations are usually noticed relatively quickly. Although, on the surface, it would seem that many types of insect infestations are more undesirable than cockroach infestations, there is something about a houseful of roaches that many people cannot tolerate. There are very few people in the world that know this better than the residents of one neighborhood located on the Northside of Alliance, Ohio. Due to the careless and unsanitary habits of two residents in the area, a cockroach infestation within their homes has spread to several nearby houses. Surprisingly, the resulting infestations have proven difficult to eradicate, as this problem has persisted for a period of two months.40061996 - dead cockroaches on wooden table

For quite some time now, literally thousands of cockroaches have been skittering out to two homes located on the 400 block of West Wayne St. Back in July, a resident living in the area reported a long-running cockroach infestation that had been noticeable in the home located at 474 West Wayne St. A short time later, a house located a few doors down also become a haven for cockroaches. Now the cockroaches have infested multiple houses in the area, and the insects have even managed to travel to the end of the block. The city health commissioner is currently working with the home’s owners as well as pest control authorities in order to get the enormous infestation under control. According to the commissioner, by the time he received the complaint, the infestation was already a neighborhood-wide problem. The cockroaches, which can be seen in people’s yards, clearly number in the thousands.

If you were one of the affected residents living on Wayne St., would you consider a lawsuit against the owners of the two roach-infested houses?

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