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How to Tell Water bugs and Cockroaches Apart in Wood River, IL

Cockroaches can be annoying to have crawling around in your Wood River, IL home. Many homeowners may be mistaking cockroaches for waterbugs, a similar-looking insect at first glance. Both can be annoying to have running around your home and it is important to understand the difference between the two in order to get the most effective treatment for the one causing you problems. Here we want to go into more detail about both cockroaches and waterbugs.


Cockroaches are brown insects that can have some red tint to them and are about and can be around an inch and a half long. These insects sport a pair of large antennae on their heads. These pests also have a pair of wings. You can usually find a cockroach in moist areas of homes like in bathrooms or kitchens. If you have a leak under your sink, you might find cockroaches around that area.  While these pests love to go where it is wet, they will not get in the water. These pests are unhygienic and can cause illnesses and allergies. These insects are not the kind of pest you want living in your home in Wood River, IL as they can pose serious health risks to you and the people you live with. If you have a cockroach infestation, call a local professional exterminator to assist you with removing them from your home.


Waterbugs are two inches long and are on average longer than cockroaches. They are brown in color with some grey hues. These insects have neither antennae nor wings. Similar to cockroaches, they like to hang out in moist areas, but unlike them, they spend a lot of their time in the water. If you are finding these insects in your home, there may be a chance you have a major leak somewhere in your home. These pests do not pose any major threat to the health of people, although they can bite if they feel threatened. While these pests might not be a risk to people, they are still not desirable to have crawling around in your home and you should have them removed. An exterminator can help you get these insects out of your home.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be an expert yourself. If you have an infestation of waterbugs or cockroaches in your Wood River, IL home, give our team of expert exterminators over at American Termite and Pest Control a call today!

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