Above is a internet photos of a Florida Palmetto Bug. Some call it American cockroach. In Florida they can get up to 2 or 3 inches and they FLY. for all details Click HERE or Not (most of the time they prefer outdoors)
The thing to keep in mind is I do NOT touch them and prefer to let Bob the Bug Man swat them for me. Because they FLY.
Saturday AM, while Bob was vacuuming, (keep in mind he is deaf as a post even when not vac) I was sweeping the bathroom floor and Out came a 3 inch Palmetto bug. I raced past the deaf Bob into kitchen and the swat (later found hanging with the bedroom swat)was missing in action. Afraid the bug would be gone, I go back with the broom in hand. I can tell you they will not die if you swat, stab or swish with a broom. But on one of the panic fueled stabs, he clung to the broom, I raced past the deaf and maybe blind, Bob and out on to the pool deck.
There I managed to beat him to death with the side of the broom because I had more room to swing than in our tiny bathroom.
When Bob turned the vac off, I told him the above story and said, didn't you notice me running back and forth stepping over the cord, in panic mode? WHAT? was his answer.
With wild hand motions I explained the roach was 3 inches long yada yada blah blah
Later that morning after my Walmart trip while I put supplies in the cabinet, he took Jake out and came back in and said that giant palmetto bug you killed is not even an inch and a half.
I said how do you know? he said come look. there it was, upside down, dead as dead could be and I said he was bigger before I killed him, he must have shrunk when he died.
I don't think Bob heard me over the loud laughing coming from his bearded face....