The term “Palmetto Bug” is usually used as a common name to refer to large cockroaches or even beetles. Most commonly used in the South, this can lead to a lot of misidentification and confusion with the pest. The cockroach most often referred to as a Palmetto Bug is the American Cockroach. They are large and winged and will have dark markings. These pests prefer damp, warm, moist areas; leading to more prevalent populations in the south. This type of roach is the only one able to fly of the three most common species found in North America.
Infestations can occur in large numbers, especially in closely combined living quarters such as apartments, dorms and hotels. Commercial places such as hospitals and nursing homes are also apt to have issues with Palmetto bugs, as they are able to feed and multiply relatively discreetly. Homes are less likely to experience an infestation, and can typically be easily controlled because of slow development.