Cockroach or Water Bug? How to Spot the Difference
Some species of cockroaches, especially the American cockroach, are often mistaken for water bugs, and it’s easy to see why. Water bugs share many of the same physical characteristics as cockroaches, but there are key differences between the two insects that are important to take into account. Cockroaches are unfortunately quite common in the Las Vegas area, with four species in particular being the most common: American, brown-banded, German, and oriental cockroaches.
American Cockroaches vs. Water Bugs
American cockroaches are the type most commonly misidentified as water bugs. While both the American cockroach and the water bug are reddish-brown in color, their similarities stop there. Water bugs are typically larger than cockroaches (2 or more inches), prefer to be in the water, and are avid hunters that subdue their prey with a powerful enzyme. American cockroaches, on the other hand, will eat anything they come across and are not hunters by nature; in fact, they are known to be shy pests that will scamper and never bite people. The main difference between these two is the conclusion that cockroaches are pests that can carry diseases and germs, while water bugs are not considered to be pests.
Common Las Vegas Cockroaches
In addition to the American cockroach, there are three other types that are frequently seen in the Las Vegas area: brown-banded, German, and Oriental cockroaches. Some of their identifying characteristics and habits are as follows:
- Brown-banded cockroaches: True to their name, this species possess two light-colored bands across their bodies that helps identify them. They can fly, prefer warm but dry habitats, and are often found inside furniture, panties, cabinets, and more.
- German cockroaches: The most common type of roach, these are often light brown or tan in color and, although they have wings, do not fly. For the most part, they are active at night and hide in cracks or crevices during the day.
- Oriental cockroaches: This type of cockroach is nearly black in color with a shiny exterior, making them look much different from other cockroaches. Also often called water bugs, they prefer to live in sewers or other damp, dark areas.
Finding a Cockroach or Water Bug in Your House
It’s easy to see why cockroaches and water bugs are so commonly confused. That said, water bugs rarely enter homes due to their preference for water habitats, so it’s likely you have seen a cockroach. If you see one or more of either of these insects in your Las Vegas home, it may be best to call a professional pest control company who can determine whether or not you have a pest infestation. Cockroaches are pesky pests that carry a number of harmful diseases and bacteria, and water bugs have been known to bite if or when they are handled. Either way, letting a professional such as Western Exterminator handle the situation for you is always the best route. Give us a call today to learn more about our cockroach control methods!
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