Water bug is a term that is used loosely to refer to many types of cockroaches. However, only bugs that belong to the order Hemitera are true water bugs. Aquatic in nature, water scorpions and water boatmen are examples of bugs that love water and use their feet as paddles. Other examples include giant water bugs, creeping water bugs and back swimmers. Oriental cockroaches are a type of water bug that may sometimes be found inside homes. As indicated by the name, water bugs are typically discovered near water sources such as pipes and areas in which humidity levels are high.
Why Water Bugs Love Water
In general, water bugs require two basic things to survive. Like virtually all living organisms, these insects require food, but remaining hydrated is especially important. Therefore, water bugs tend to stay close to sources of vital moisture wherever they can find it. Some interior areas water bugs like to frequent include bathtubs, sinks and damp, dark areas places like basements and crawl spaces. In outdoor settings, water bugs live near decaying organic matter such as dead leaves and fallen trees. When water bugs enter a home, it is typically because they are seeking food and/or water, oftentimes when conditions outside are unbearably wet or cold.
Moisture control is obviously an important first step toward not attracting water bugs into the home. Areas that have abnormally high moisture levels should be addressed by sealing leaks, implementing proper ventilation and allowing the area to adequately dry after a flood. Leaky pipes should be corrected to avoid potentially causing molding and rotting in surrounding areas. Sanitation is also significant in preventing infestation. Because water bugs may feed on mold, any mold infestation should also be completely eliminated. All food should be stored in air tight containers. In areas surrounding the home, mulch should be kept to a minimum. Trimming shrubs and vegetation around the house can also discourage bugs from finding concealment and a possible food source near entry points to the home. To provide a physical barrier, cracks in exterior walls and other potential entry points should be sealed with caulk.
Calling on the Professionals
Households that have difficulty preventing an invasion of water bugs should enlist the services of a pest control professional who is qualified to examine the home, offer additional suggestions that may help secure the home and, if necessary, reduce the population of water bugs that have gained access. To contact a professional pest control service that can take care of keeping water bugs away, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.
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