Oh, I HATE those things! I lived in Titusville, FL for a little while back in the mid-80's and those things periodically wandered inside. I'll never forget my first horrifying experience with a palmetto bug. One time I was watching TV and, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a flower arrangement moving. Suddenly this gynormous bug crawled on top then decided to take flight!!
I don't think my feet touched the floor as I was running out of the room!! I sent my father to go in and kill that sucker. It took him forever to pound that thing to death. Then one time a palmetto bug somehow crawled onto a burner while my mom was cooking dinner. GROSS!!!
Palmetto bugs, spiders as big as your hand, alligators, snakes -- there's no way I'd ever willingly live in Florida!