If you turn on a light and see a cockroach, but it doesn’t duck for cover, you have probably encountered an “American” cockroach, also known as a palmetto bug—a popular euphemism in the Southern United States.
The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), also known as the water bug, or misidentified as the palmetto bug, is the largest species of common cockroach, and often considered a pest. (Wikipedia)
We had a little run-in with one of these lovely creatures just a couple of days ago. We walked into our RV from outside and I saw one of the largest bugs I have ever seen on Mary’s shirt. Being the total baby I am about certain bugs.,. I yelled and swatted the bug to the floor. Mary, who has no bug fear, grabbed a paper towel and looked for it so she could send it to bug heaven.
At least I had the presence of mind to grab a broom and just as she leaned over to capture the bug…I tickled her ankle with the handle. This caused a substantial amount of dancing and yelling on her part. I then had to endure a brief lecture regarding the need for me to grow up.
Camping in the beautiful woods of South Carolina is a blessing we do not take for granted – we have a lot to be thankful for in our lives. Palmetto bugs may not be high on my list but at least the bugs make a good meal for all the little lizards we have seen around the RV.