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Water bugs are most commonly confused with cockroaches. The two insects bear a certain resemblance to each other, but there are key differences. Water bugs pack a powerful bite, but they are not the pest that cockroaches are.
The main difference between cockroaches and water bugs is their appearance. Though they do look similar, there are some distinctive differences that will help determine which pest you are dealing with.
This is the common cockroach. The round body shape, wings and brownish color differentiate it from the water bug. Cockroaches are also usually smaller in size and their habitats differ greatly.
Water bugs usually live in water. If handled, water bugs can bite in defense. However, they rarely enter homes and are not known to scavenge like cockroaches. Instead, they prefer to eat other insects and creatures in the water.
If you have questions about whether the pests you're seeing are cockroaches or water bugs, don't hesitate to call the experts at Western Exterminator. Our specialists have the experience and training to identify the type of infestation you have and then recommend the most effective treatment plan.
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