Cockroaches have a tendency to elicit screaming and jumping on tables, and for good reason! Cockroaches are creepy and disgusting and are typically found in homes that are unsanitary (even though we know that they can make appearances in even the cleanest of homes). However, there are a number of insects that are often mistaken for cockroaches, including the water bug. There are many ways that the water bug differs from the cockroach, though. Read on to learn more:
Water Bug Characteristics
- Water bugs are generally bigger in size than a cockroach. A water bug is, on average, about two inches long.
- Water bugs have short antennae. Cockroaches are often identified by their very long antennae, almost the length of their body, as well as their six legs covered with spines.
- Water bugs can hold their breath for a long time and live and hunt prey in water. A cockroach prefers land and is typically found in dark, moist spaces.
- Water bugs are known for their ability to hunt down their food. In fact, once they’ve captured their prey, the water bug will inject it with an enzyme that liquefies its insides so they can suck out the liquid. Cockroaches, on the other hand, are scavengers and subsist on food and garbage that they find.
- Water bugs are known to bite if they are handled or feel threatened. Cockroaches are known to stay away from people and will hide if approached.
- Water bugs can fly and will do so from one body of water to another. Cockroaches can fly but they’re not particularly adept at it.
- Finally, and maybe most important, cockroaches spread disease and can cause health issues whereas water bugs typically do not.
Our pest control technicians are experts at identifying cockroaches and differentiating them from other insects. If you think you’ve seen a cockroach in your home, please call us at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your free in-home estimate!
The mention of a cockroach can make the skin crawl on even the bravest of the brave. And though cockroaches are typically attracted to messy and unsanitary households and restaurants, they can make an appearance in even the cleanliness of spaces. First, in the winter time, cockroaches may find their way indoors in an attempt to escape the cold. Second, cockroaches are easily transported in bags, boxes, and appliances.
The most common types of cockroaches that we see in New England are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. The German cockroach is less than an inch long and is tan with two dark stripes. They have wings but cannot fly and are able to scale walls and traverse ceilings. The American cockroach is about two inches long with long antenna. They are reddish-brown and can fly, though not particularly well. They too can scale walls, traverse ceilings, and squeeze through small cracks. Cockroaches prefer dark, moist spaces where food is in close proximity.
Follow these easy tips to avoid a cockroach infestation:
- Keep counters, floors, and cabinets clean and crumb-free to eliminate potential food sources.
- Vacuum and sweep regularly. Cockroaches are less likely to invade a cleaner home.
- Take garbage out on a daily basis. Cockroaches are attracted to the scent of food and garbage so be sure to store full garbage bags in cans with lids.
- Make sure that exterior walls and shared apartment walls are properly sealed to prevent cockroaches from sneaking through cracks.
- Store food in sealed containers. This should help to prevent an infestation but will also keep cockroaches out of your food if they have found their way into your home.
- Fix leaky pipes and clean up standing water immediately. Cockroaches thrive in, and seek out, wet, moist spaces.
- Eliminate clutter around the home to maintain cleanliness and to limit hiding spaces.
Don’t let these creepy crawlers invade your home! Call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 to discuss treatment options and to schedule your free in-home estimate!