How To Get Rid Of And Prevent Water Bugs
What ARE Water Bugs?
Contrary to popular belief, “water bug” is not another name for a cockroach. Water bugs can usually be mistaken for American roaches and Oriental roaches because of their appearance. Water bugs, however, are not the same kind of pest. Water bugs, as their name suggests, live in water and around water. Some use their paddle-like legs to swim, while others create surface tension in order to “walk on water.” The term water bug can refer to water scorpions, backswimmers, giant water bugs, water boatman, and water striders.
Water bugs can be differentiated from cockroaches by:
- Habitat: Water bugs are AQUATIC and spend most of their time in the water. They are usually found in humid and hot climates. Cockroaches are land insects and do not live in water. They also prefer warm temperatures.
- Appearance: Water bugs are usually much darker in color than cockroaches. Water bugs are also larger than indoor cockroaches. Water bugs are also more aggressive than roaches, as they bite and attack humans while roaches do not.
- Food: Cockroaches eat fermenting and decaying food and objects such as dried skin, dead animals, and glue. They even sometimes eat other dead cockroaches. Water bugs on the other hand hunt and kill insects and small animals. They also enjoy foods such as syrup.
4 Ways to Get Rid of Water Bugs
- Alcohol: Pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and dilute with water. Spray over the affected area. In order to ensure this method works, do this once daily.
- Vinegar: Take a spray bottle and fill it with a high concentration of vinegar. Spray over the affected area. In order to ensure killing and getting rid of the water bugs, do this twice daily.
- Cooking Oil: This method will help to separate the water bugs from water and make them float to the surface. First, pour cooking oil on the affected area. Use a net to pick up the bugs and put them in a bucket with more cooking oil and cover the bucket. Leave the bucket for a day.
- Liquid Detergent: Pour 3 tablespoons of liquid dish detergent into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water and mix. Spray over the affected area. This can be repeated as many times necessary. This alters the surface tension of the water and doesn’t allow the water bugs to come to the surface to breathe.
How to Prevent Water Bugs
Cleaning is key to keeping water bugs out of your commercial property. Since water bugs like sweet foods such as syrup, make sure to clean up any spills in kitchens right away and make sure to use soap as to not leave any residue behind.
Always avoid keeping garbage and trash inside overnight as this can attract water bugs and many other kinds of pests.
Keep all floors dry as water bugs are also attracted to moisture. Using a humidifier will help get rid of moisture in carpets.
Check window frames, door frames, baseboards, and pipes for any cracks or openings and seal them immediately.
Clean your gutters and make sure there is no build-up of leaves and debris.